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August 18, 2012 / diannegray

I’m no DayTripper

So here’s the plan for the road trip:

Get in the car and just keep driving from point A to point B (with stops, should take about 5-6 days)

Total kilometres 3,ooo (give or take a few). For the Americans among us – I guess this is about the same distance as driving from Los Angeles to Kentucky. For the Brits – Birmingham to Instanbul. For the İstanbullulars – Instanbul to Birmingham and so on and so forth…

If I don’t check out my favourite blogs – please don’t think I hate you 😦

Sometimes my phone only lets me ‘like’ and not comment – or – I may just be out of range or battery.

  • Wi-fi – check
  • Battery charger – check

So here I am in the car waiting for hubby…

  • Driver – check

I’m hoping to get some nice pics on the way.  I’ve already taken one of my foot while getting into the car which is an excellent indication of my photographic ability. {Photo not attached to save embarrassment}

I’ve placed you all comfortably in my lap top so you can share the boredom of the road with me

  • Lap top – check

Start the engine

  • Car keys – check

Bye for now! Talk soon 🙂



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  1. maggiemyklebust / Aug 18 2012 6:45 am

    Happy trails!


    • diannegray / Aug 18 2012 7:08 am

      Thank you! It’s windy and raining (but at lest it’s stopped snowing) 😉


  2. Jennifer Ritchie / Aug 18 2012 6:55 am

    oooh exciting – say hello to Cairns for me, if that is where you are headed! Have a fun journey.


    • diannegray / Aug 18 2012 7:12 am

      Yes – Cairns it is! I’ll say hello for you, soak up a bit of sunshine and hopefuly gets some pics 🙂


  3. Amanda / Aug 18 2012 7:40 am

    Oh wait you’re going the opposite direction? Haha. Enjoy Cairns!


    • diannegray / Aug 18 2012 9:23 am

      Hahaha! Thank you!!! 😀


    • diannegray / Aug 20 2012 8:37 am

      Don’t you just hate it when you post a comment and can’t take it back? Hahahaha – I’ve done that so many times and then gone, ‘Do’h!’ go back, go back – NOOOO. I can’t change it!


  4. Janna Noelle / Aug 18 2012 8:09 am

    For any Canadian readers, it’s from Vancouver to Toronto. Have a wonderful trip!


  5. sophypoo77 / Aug 18 2012 8:49 am

    Be sure to wave as you go through the Gold Coast!


  6. jmgoyder / Aug 18 2012 10:03 am

    Have a wonderful time!


    • diannegray / Aug 18 2012 10:15 am

      Thank you! It’s been a long time coming 🙂


  7. jmmcdowell / Aug 18 2012 10:03 am

    Have a great trip!


    • diannegray / Aug 19 2012 12:30 pm

      It’s going well so far. I’ve taken some nice pics that I can hopefully get up soon:)


  8. Paul J. Stam / Aug 18 2012 11:06 am

    First of all I want to thank you for reading and following Paper, Mud and Me, and I will also be following you.
    Keep us informed about your trip and your writing.


  9. uniqueweirdness / Aug 18 2012 11:21 am

    Have a wonderful time, take pictures and we’ll miss you! 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 18 2012 12:22 pm

      Oh – that’s so sweet! I’ll still be here as much as I can 🙂


  10. Psychicquill / Aug 18 2012 11:32 am

    I love road trips. Have fun!


    • diannegray / Aug 18 2012 12:23 pm

      Me too!!!!!! Will do and I’ll keep you posted 🙂


  11. artfulanxiety / Aug 18 2012 12:22 pm

    Looks like a long journey. Hope everyone still likes everyone else by the time you get to your destination! Look forward to the pictures and posts 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 19 2012 12:34 pm

      Hahaha! The only thing I want to kill at the moment is my laptop because I can’t get it to play nicely. It may end up in the pacific ocean! 😉


  12. jannatwrites / Aug 18 2012 2:56 pm

    Road trips are fun, but it’s nice to go home after being away, too. I hope you have a great trip. I look forward to seeing pics of your feet…I mean, travels when you get back 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 19 2012 12:38 pm

      I’ve got a pic of my eye and nose so far:) but I have seen wallaby with a joey in its pouch and I think I got it without too much blur so I’m hoping to get that up as soon as my laptop decides it wants to play nice;)


  13. Tina / Aug 18 2012 4:26 pm

    Now that’s some distance! Good luck and have a great trip!
    p.s. you don’t happen to have a fridge in the car, huh?.. It’s pretty handy on long trips


    • diannegray / Aug 20 2012 8:02 am

      Yes – the car comes complete with fridge! 🙂


  14. bittercharm / Aug 18 2012 5:42 pm

    Wish Dianne….

    ‘Bon Voyage, Dianne n Gang….’

    Wish Dianne ‘safe trip’……… Check!


    • diannegray / Aug 20 2012 8:04 am

      Thank you BC! Temporarily back on line this morning:) 🙂


      • bittercharm / Aug 20 2012 1:11 pm

        Aww. I hope you are having fun. Dont worry about replying to us… We know you are suppose to be on vacation. 🙂


  15. Anna Scott Graham / Aug 18 2012 9:50 pm

    Now that is a road trip! Have a marvelous time. 🙂


  16. ly / Aug 18 2012 11:36 pm

    Happy Trails!!


  17. poetmcgonagall / Aug 19 2012 12:27 am

    Exciting! Green with envy.


  18. anecdotaltales / Aug 19 2012 3:29 am

    In case you need an extra award today, I gave you one.


    • diannegray / Aug 19 2012 12:40 pm

      Woo hoo! Now that’s what I’m talking about:)


  19. Bonnie at {PaperKeeper} / Aug 19 2012 3:57 am

    Have a ton of fun!! I got to do part of the same drive once when I visited friends while they were living in Australia. I met them in Sydney and then we drove up to Brisbane. Drive safely and can’t wait for updates along the way or whenever you can plug-in!! Happy happy travels!


    • diannegray / Aug 19 2012 12:42 pm

      Thanks bonnie! Plugging in is very hit and miss at the moment. Hopefully I’ll be out of this blackspot tomorrow:)


  20. Linda Vernon / Aug 19 2012 4:52 am

    Funny post about starting your trip – check! LOL! The fact that you’ve already taken a picture of your foot means we can expect some funny pics along the way. And I was amazed that Istanbul is so close to Britain! Who Knew?


    • diannegray / Aug 19 2012 12:46 pm

      Lol! Just a stone’s throw away as they say this neck of the woods…


  21. foroneplease / Aug 19 2012 7:37 am

    have a rockin’ trip!!! hugz!


    • diannegray / Aug 19 2012 12:24 pm

      Trying to reply to comments but I keep dropping out. Thank you! (Hope this gets through)


  22. Savitri Ananda / Aug 19 2012 9:03 am

    Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award!


  23. judysp / Aug 19 2012 9:09 am

    Have fun on your trip and keep safe. I hope the rain has stopped in Cairns by the time you get there. Friends of ours took their caravan up there for three weeks and it rained nearly the whole time so they came home again. Poor things. 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 19 2012 12:48 pm

      We’ve been in touch with the relatives and they tell us the weather is fine at the moment. Just waiting for cyclone dianne to hit 🙂


  24. Tarina / Aug 19 2012 10:39 am

    Have a great time, Dianne! Uh, and I also wanted to tag, I mean Nominate you for this blog award 🙂 click here click here —> (sorry long link)


  25. bigsmileu1 / Aug 19 2012 4:00 pm

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  26. 4amWriter / Aug 19 2012 7:47 pm

    Love road trips. I haven’t been on one in years, because my kids would spend it bickering and my ears are sensitive. 🙂 But soon! Have a great time.


    • diannegray / Aug 20 2012 8:15 am

      My kids are all grown up now. This time it’s just me and hubby – we’re loving every second of it. your time will come – start planning now becaus they grow up very fast 😀


  27. Alastair Rosie / Aug 19 2012 7:53 pm

    Oh I so remember that drive. Take lots of music, and water, lots and lots of water. And make sure someone knows when you’re due to arrive on a regular basis. A little safety tip from one who’s travelled all over Australia and lived to tell the tale:-) Wi fi won’t work between big cities so let someone else know when you’re due to arrive somewhere just in case you break down. Don’t pick up hitchhikers, even if they look nice, have lots of water and swap drivers every two to three hours to avoid fatigue, it kills as many people as drunk driving. And keep us updated!


    • diannegray / Aug 20 2012 8:22 am

      I’ve learned the wi fi thing, Alistair! It a pain in the neck (I’m on temporarily this morning).

      Thanks for the tips (everyone should take note of these no matter where they’re travelling).

      The hitch-hiker comment is so cool – whenever we see someone on the side of the road hubby says ‘there’s a little friend for you’. Hehehe. He wouldn’t pick up anyone unless his life depended on it!

      We’ve done this trip a few times now and will definitely keep you posted. If we break down I’ll just write a blog about it until someone finds us 🙂


  28. Lisaman / Aug 19 2012 10:16 pm

    Love that kind of holiday – enjoy!!


    • diannegray / Aug 20 2012 8:26 am

      Me too, Lisa. SO refreshing, just getting in the car and getting away for a while 🙂


  29. ocdreader / Aug 20 2012 12:55 am

    Enjoy! Sounds like it will be wonderful. I can’t wait to see your pictures and read all about it.
    Best 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 20 2012 8:30 am

      Oh, so wish you were here. I saw the cutest wallaby’s outside my brother’s place. Once we’re in a good wi fi zone, I’ll try to upload the pics 🙂


  30. starproms / Aug 20 2012 1:46 am

    Have a great trip Dianne.


  31. Tiffany / Aug 20 2012 5:19 am

    Good luck! Hope you have a great time!


    • diannegray / Aug 20 2012 8:34 am

      Thanks, Tiffany! Temporarily in this morning so I read your 50 Shades review 🙂


      • Tiffany / Aug 22 2012 2:26 pm

        I saw and loved your comment… Thank you! I hope you are having a great time on the road!


  32. 1girl4adamwest / Aug 20 2012 5:41 am

    YAY! Have fun!!!!!


    • diannegray / Aug 20 2012 7:39 am

      Will do!!!! I think I’m back on line today woo hoo 😀


  33. Subtlekate / Aug 20 2012 4:43 pm

    Hey, I’ve done that drive. Wave on your way past Sydney.


    • diannegray / Aug 21 2012 7:46 am

      Oh no! I’ve passed Sydney now! I’ll wave on the way back 🙂


      • Subtlekate / Aug 21 2012 12:09 pm

        🙂 I’ll have my hand out ready.


  34. Daphne Shadows / Aug 21 2012 11:47 am

    Have fun! Don’t get lost or die. I’ve heard dying is bad for your health. So don’t do that. 😉


    • diannegray / Aug 22 2012 10:24 pm

      Hahahaha! You’re a classic! I promise I’ll try not to die 😀


      • Daphne Shadows / Aug 24 2012 4:07 pm

        That’s good – cuz if I had to brush up on my necromancy to bring your butt back, I might be a little cranky. Especially if you decide to kick the bucket in the morning. 😉


      • diannegray / Aug 24 2012 4:28 pm

        Not a morning person? 😀


      • Daphne Shadows / Aug 28 2012 1:44 am



  35. escapingdarkness / Aug 22 2012 5:28 pm

    Have a great trip Dianne! That’s a long drive! Kat 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 22 2012 10:18 pm

      Thanks, Kat! It’s a very long way indeed 😀



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