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Friday, 27 March 2015


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Today we arrived back in Australia after the long flight from LAX. I'm writing this in the motel in Queanbeyan after a refreshing sleep and awake now to try and adjust the body-clock back in line with the real world. The flights were largely uneventful and we were safely on the ground in Canberra just before noon after a quick transfer in Sydney.

Fully refreshed we will drive home in the morning. This is the final entry for this saga. My special thanks to those who paid me the honour of following my scribbles on this lengthy outing.

If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my latest photos by following this link to my regular album of images.

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

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Today Didn't Happen

Thursday, 26 March 2015

One of those strange things that happen when travelling from the US West Coast to the Australian East Coast and crossing the International Date Line.

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Last Minute Update

Monday, 26 January 2015


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I know I said that last Friday's was going to be the last one before we set off to Fort Lauderdale but thought I'd sneak in one more.

The selection of clothing is now almost complete but may still change on reflection. Fitting it all into the case may require a further re-think. Just checked the Fort Lauderdale forecast and with lows in the teens and highs just over 20 °C, the recently discarded jacket may yet get a run.

What started this off was a thought of my postings to the 365 Project. Thursday 29 January will happen twice as a result of the crossing of the International Date Line just the other side of Samoa. This caused me to examine in some detail of what's in store for Thursday.

We will leave Moruya some time between 07:00 and 07:30 to drive the 2 hours to Queanbeyan to meet up with Natalie who will drop us off at the Canberra Airport by about 10:30.

Our flight leaves Canberra at 13:05 for a 55minute dash to Sydney where we will transfer to the International Terminal to board the flight to Dallas/Ft Worth at 15:25.

After a flight of 15 hours 20 minutes we arrive 13:45, some two hours, by the clock, before we left. The next leg departs DFW for Fort Lauderdale at 17:05 for the 2 hour 39 minute flight, arriving at 20:44. We should be at the hotel before 21:30. Total elapsed time for us, home to hotel, will be about 28 hours.

Sorry to be boring you with all these times and numbers but many people are not aware of what's involved. Having documented that I can now focus on other things.

If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my latest photo by following this link to the image for Today

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 15:34 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Not Long to Wait

Friday, 23 January 2015


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I'm planning for this to be the last entry until we're in Fort Lauderdale. Final preparations have gone so smoothly that I'm now worried that I've missed something. I've also found it difficult to build up enthusiasm for anything much. I can't even indulge in cooking or baking when the whole of the food focus is to reduce the content of the fridge so that it can be switched off.

We've downloaded adequate reading material to our Kindles so we'll have plenty to fill in some idle time waiting at airports. We will be driving to Queanbeyan on Thursday - 29 January and leaving our car with Natalie. The next leg of the journey will be flying from Canberra to Sydney, it will be the first time we've flown from Canberra in many years. Next step is Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth where we transfer for the flight to Fort Lauderdale. It will be a very long day.

Tomorrow we'll dust off the cases and start packing the basic items that get packed regardless of our destination. The selection of clothing for the duration will be a bit more difficult. Most of the time we'll be in tropical waters and light gear is all that's needed. However when we visit the Falkland Islands and we round Cape Horn we will be closer to Antarctica than we've ever been and will no doubt be very cold. The classic advice is 'lots of layers'.

I'll be sending out an email to a number of our contacts asking them to restrict their emails while we're away. I'll also need to un-subscribe from a number of routine lists to ensure we can cope with the limited Internet facilities aboard the Ruby. I'll continue my regular practice of posting a daily blog and uploading the 'Photo of the Day'.

That's it for now, next update will be from Fort Lauderdale.

If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my recent photos at Image for Today

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

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More Tasks Completed

Monday, 5 January 2015


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The countdown continues and we have just over three weeks to go before we set off for ft Lauderdale. Despite having lots of things still to do I'm quite relaxed and don't feel that sense of urgency that normally comes with these outings. Perhaps the excitement has worn off during this lengthy preparation.

Christmas was very low-key and the transition to 2015 quite unremarkable. The only notable events being the frequent violent thunderstorms and the amount of rain we've recorded over the past month or so. Another item of some interest was pet-sitting for the lady next door. She has an exuberant Labrador dog, a strange looking rabbit and three young hens. She left us with detailed feeding instructions that covered both sides of the sheet of paper. In practise it turned out to be much simpler than the instructions indicated.

I've notified the bank, DVA and Social Security of our intended absence. It will be interesting to see if there is any consequences as a result of the length of our absence. So far so good. We still have to stop the postal deliveries and make sure that periodic payments are scheduled. It is quite incredible how much can be arranged on-line. There is also a need to confirm that our Shareholder Benefit is recorded in our on-board account.
I'll slip in another update before we take off, failing that, the next update could be from Ft Lauderdale.

If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my recent photos at Image for Today

Wishing you good health and safe travel.

Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 20:57 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

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