A conversation about driving across Australia

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PSP Logistics Clipper Round the World

As Ryan sails from South Africa to Australia on board PSP Logistics, a predominantly Aussie boat, he takes the opportunity to glean some info from his Aussie crewmates about things to do and places to see in Australia. And the conversation goes like this:

Ryan: Tasha and I are talking about getting a camper van when we get to Oz and driving across the Nullarbor. I’ve always wanted to drive across Australia.

Aussie: What, from Albany?

Ryan: Or Perth. Wherever we can find a camper.

Aussie (Frowning and shaking his head): Don’t do that. Internal flights are cheap. Just fly to Adelaide or Sydney and then get a camper van.

(Other crew are nodding their heads in agreement. “Just fly to Sydney. Don’t waste your time,” they all say.)

Ryan: But I really want to drive across the Nullarbor. I want to see it.

Aussie: Why would you want to do that?! There’s nothing to see! It’s just desert. You can fly across it in a few hours.

a conversation about nothing in the southern ocean

What the Southern Ocean looks like…FOREVER  (Photo: British Antarctic Survey )

Ryan (Looking out at the unchanged Southern Ocean expanse): What are you on about?! There’s nothing to see here either! We could have flown from Cape Town to Albany in a few hours, but instead we’ve been on a bloody boat for three weeks!

Aussie (Looking out at the water and shrugging): Fair point. But it’s still a terrible idea.

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The Clipper Round the World Race

Tasha and Ryan both raced in Leg 1 of the Clipper Race from London to Rio de Janeiro and Leg 3 from Cape Town, South Africa to Albany, Australia, with Tasha competing on Henri Lloyd and Ryan competing on PSP Logistics. After getting off the boats in Australia, they have continued their circumnavigation of the globe using other modes of transport.

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  • Janice Stringer January 6, 2014, 4:35 pm

    Love it!
    My husband and I drove from Darwin to Sydney with our kids and it was the most amazing drive ever – so much would have been missed if we had flown.
    Take that drive – in one way or another, I’m sure it will be amazing.
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  • Torre – Fearful Adventurer January 11, 2014, 1:10 am

    Ivan and I wanted to drive from Melbourne to Perth just after we’d sailed the Pacific. Everyone told us, “Bad idea, nothing to see,” but we ignored the naysayers, saying, “Please, people, we’ve sailed an ocean! We know how to deal with long stretches of empty space!”

    We got as far as Adelaide before we turned back.
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    • Tasha January 13, 2014, 12:49 pm

      Lol. You never made it to the Nullarbor?! It was amazing! I mean in that “Wow, it’s amazing; there really is nothing out here,” kind of way. We actually loved it. But, having said that, we’d never do it again. Next time, we’re flying. Stay tuned for those stories here… 🙂
      Tasha

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