Take The Long Way Home
Mr ET has a new favourite saying: When an Aussie says “Just down the road” they could mean anything from a block to a kilometre to a three day drive.
He’s not wrong. When he decided to go down the road, we ended up driving more than 14 000 km right around Australia!
After cruising on the highway through western Queensland for four days, we arrived at Mount Isa, a mining town 900 kilometres from the east coast of Australia. This signpost was a timely reminder of how far we’d travelled and how much further we could go.
Another 190 kilometres west, just up the road, is the outback town of Camooweal. It’s in the middle of nowhere and a long way from anywhere.
After this, we had another eight weeks to go before we were home again.
So if an Aussie asks if you want to go out for a drive, be careful. You might be gone for a very long time!