posted on Apr, 15 2018 @ 06:51 PM
a reply to: Timely
Back in early March, we drove from Adelaide to Sydney to visit friends for a longish weekend. (Got there Thurs, went back on Monday.) Went via
Mildura, Hay, Narrandera, Wagga, Gundagai, and Goulburn. Beautiful drive; only took about 14 hours of actual driving time for 1400km. I had to do all
the driving because my wife can't drive any more because of her medical conditions, so aside from some stops for "power naps" I did it in one go.
But driving in Oz is so much easier than in Europe. It feels so low-pressure, because once you're out in the country, you just watch out for roos,
emus and other animals and otherwise it's easy. And Aussies are nowhere near as aggressive as drivers in Central Europe. After 20 years driving in Oz
and ditto here, I can state that as a fact. Here, you can do the insane 130 km/hr (85mph) limit on the highways, and people come up behind you and sit
three feet behind your bumper, flashing their lights because they want to go faster
. Freaking insane! In Oz, that's very rare. People are more
likely to obey speed limits there. Here, they don't give a sh#t.
But anyway, back to the country. I love the contrasts there. You can be driving through semi-desert and half a day later you're in mountains, with
lush greenery all around. But the best is the nights: the sky is glorious in the country, the way it has always been and the way we were meant to see
It's what I miss here most. The beautiful night sky, and the silence of the country.