Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Travelling with Gramps; I Wanted to Share This Journey ... and My Grandfather Darcy Was Happy to Be a Loyal Companion, Writes Kristy Muir

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Travelling with Gramps; I Wanted to Share This Journey ... and My Grandfather Darcy Was Happy to Be a Loyal Companion, Writes Kristy Muir

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AUTHOR and theorist Henry David Thoreau once said: aThe man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till

that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.a

I may have slightly altered this quote to suit my life some years ago, but the message stayed the same, and that is that you are in charge of your own destiny and if you wait around for other people to come with you on your travels, you may never get to where you want to go.

I have implemented this into my life, and on most occasions I have held true to this.

But when it came to The Great Ocean Road, that was a whole different kettle of fish. I somehow convinced myself I couldn't do it alone.

Now I realise I was just being silly because if you have backpacked through Europe alone, driving along a coastal road in southern Australia would be a piece of cake.

For a long time, I had wanted to share the drive with someone.

My sister was top of the list, but she never travels.

My then-boyfriend was another option but that relationship didn't last.

But there was one family member whom I knew had already been there: my grandfather, Darcy. He was happy to accompany me and show me a bit more of Oz.

It is quite expensive to stay in hotels/motels along the way, so we opted to stay in our caravan at spots along the coastal road.

The winding roads were not too bad to tow the van and it actually made the trip easier.

If you are too tired, you can just stop at one of the numerous caravan parks along the way.

I was a young nomad, and I loved it.

The journey took us seven days from the Mornington Peninsula to Adelaide.

The Great Ocean Road is actually only from Torquay to Warrnambool (243km) but we wanted to start a little earlier and go a little further.

The sights to check out along the way are many and varied, depending on your taste.

Some of my favourites are: The 12 Apostles, The Grotto, Loch Ard Gorge, Bells Beach, Cape Otway, Apollo Bay, Otway National Park and London Arch.

Every part of the coastline is beautiful and I was in awe of everything I saw. …

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