Take The Long Way Home

Dear Friends,

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.



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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!



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  1. Cool sidekick

  2. Hope you love road trips as much as we do, Justin. Lots of open road on your trip. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • I do like a good road trip CT Ducks, especially when I have an upfront view out the windscreen. Thanks for dropping by! JB

  3. Yup, there are lots of places in the outback like this: “It’s in the middle of nowhere and a long way from anywhere.” What good adventures you’ve had, JB.

    • Hey Yvonne. It’s great to hear from you! We visited so many interesting little towns on our road trip. Hopefully there will be plenty more adventures to come. JB

  4. Justin, you have a great way of putting things! 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! My dad is really having fun with Mr. ET’s favorite saying. Tell Mr. ET. I’m still not afraid to go anywhere with him and Mrs. ET. Wish I was there with you! Manny πŸ™‚

    • Manny, tell M and V to pack their bags and bring you over asap! We will take you all on a fun road trip! JB

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  5. You do make me laugh Justin! I will be very wary now, if I hear an Australian saying that they are just popping ‘down the road’. πŸ™‚

    • Elaine, I’m so glad to hear that you laughed. Giving people joy is my purpose in life! When you come to visit Mr and Mrs ET, they might take you on a road trip. (You might never go home again!) JB

  6. Adventures are found on those types of rides!

    • Debbie, did you see a few posts ago my adventures with crocodiles? JB

      • I went back and checked. I have to admit that pictures are much better than in-person and face-to-crocodile face!

        • I agree. Crocodiles have a certain way of looking at you with their beady yellow eyes. Creepy! JB

  7. how delightful is this! just bumped into this post, and i so enjoyed it. unfortunately am only able to click ‘like’ once.

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