Lunchtime it on the road fuelled up and ready to head the short 1 1/2 hour drive to Mudgee music on in a happy place.
Driving into the towns it dawns on me 9 years ago I was in a car with my mum and children heading to the hospital to have my breast cancer surgery, 9 years later I am driving back in to promote Pink and being breast aware as early detection in vital.
I head to the local Bakers Delight shop to do a couple of hours thanking the staff and customers for their support of the Breast Cancer Network Australia ( BCNA) through promoting and raising funds with annual Pink Bun Campaign.
Up and around to 2WEB for an interview with Wayne Harrison for Outback morning radio.
Then down to the Wharf Gallery for the opening of the NALAG Photography Exhibition.
Local girls in blue happy to put on a pink cap to show their support.
Tim from ABC Landline called by for a chat.
Cruise home to Dubbo after lunch.
Oh what a day such a warm welcome at Bourke, visiting the community health centre meeting the team and enjoying morning tea,spotted a pink tree while driving around to 2WEB outback radio, to meet Wayne with my co writer Jen.
3pm head to our Authors talk at the library, with fellow Dubbo authors Jen Cowley- Grandpas Hat and Toni Grant - Serpents Song. Welcomed by the mayor Barry Hollman , and GM of Council Ross Earl, felt proud as there was standing room only!
Spoke to 2 beautiful ladies they had travelled 2 hours and taken the day off work to attend our authors talk, and purchase our books. Caught up with a friend from Narromine who was out there’s working!
Had the pleasure of attending the Rotary Club dinner meeting again speaking on our books .
Had a few laps around town blowing my air horn.
Great Sunday Drive Dubbo to Bourke. Very windy that’s outside not in! Just out of Dubbo was hit by a flying P plate from the car in front, then i won the game of Spot a Roo 50 to nil plus I gave myself bonus points for a fox, my vocal cords had a workout with no one to cover their ears or pull a face! Sadly No co pilot this trip!
Had a quick stop in Nyngan to meet the little Bogan!
Must say I was worried when I left Dubs as hadn’t had time to wash Groovy and she had a few cobwebs on her, good thing really as she was covered in mud by the time I arrived in Bourke and needed a good wash , drove through dust storms and yes then it rained and we some hit unsealed roads.
Pink broom and a pink hose fixed that, now just to wash her bras in the morning!
While finishing setting up fellow travellers stop for a chat on their way out to dinner, so start a conversation and then the husband says to the wife I having been telling you, you should be checked!
So I head over and leave them some info and that life saving no 13 20 50 to get an appointment at BreastScreen NSW.
Time to sort out few things and make the bed, I pull the whole mattress off to put the fitted sheet on, it is easier then doing an aerobic class to get in on, and 18 months together and like any relationship still finding out things, I find another big storage cupboard, looks like I can buy a bit more pink!!
Looking forward to spending the day tomorrow meeting people starting a conversation and promoting my book “MY TIME through breast cancer and beyond”
Interview with Lucy Samuel from Prime TV.
Time for a few days relaxing with family.
Groovy had been good all year so Santa was generous and she got an air horn for Christmas
Feeling honoured to have 60 family, friends and community members attend the Launch of mynbook “MY TIME through breast cancer and beyond”’
My mission to sell 2000 books and then donate 100% of proceeds equally between Mc Grath Foundation and ( BCNA) Breast Cancer Network Australia.
Time to spend a few nights with family!
Kim at Little Darling Cafe was keen to support Groovy and held a High Tea.
Again Groovy impressed guests and they all had a groovy time!
Called into Scott’s Auto Parts to see if the that had any pink masking tape and they were hosting a bit off a conference and the guys were happy to Pink it up for a photo!
Had the pleasure of sharing my story and adventures at the monthly Prostate Cancer Support Group meeting.
Called into Dubbo RSL Health Club, and Carmen told me how seeing Groovy made her make an appointment for a screen!
Up and packed up we hit the barrier highway back to home base, so grateful to be able to make this journey, see so much of our amazing country and met so many beautiful and inspiring people!
As with any journey sometimes you need to make change when challenges arise which we did, but we wouldn't change a thing.
47 days or 6 weeks , 5 days.
8,591 KM's travelled.
100 odd hours of driving.
Stayed at 23 towns
Visited 4 states - NSW , Qld , NT and SA.
Left bras and stickers in every state.
Calls to the NRMA was 3 - Disel line - Raditor- Window.
Lowest paid $1.26
Highest paid $1.90
Lowest paid $25.00 a night
Highest paid $50.00 a night
Free camp nights - none
Weather we experienced
Ranged from 6 degrees to 44 degrees.
Highways, byways, dirt tracks.
Emus, Kangaroos, wild goats, wild pigs, snakes, lizards, sheep, cows, echidnas horses,camels, birds, larmas , dingo.
Solar cars, road trains, trucks, tractors trains, helicopters, planes, ships, boats and automobiles new and old.
Mountains, hills, Desert, plains, creeks ( mostly dry) rivers, oceans, dams, lakes, waterholes, gorges, salt lakes.
We saw the amazing Uluru both dry and wet.
Were delighted by amazing sunrises and sunsets, clear blue skies, clouds, rain, rainbows and sun.
We went Underground and up in the sky.
Visited and saw Museums, dinosaurs, dunny races, chook races, crayfish races. Spectator Field of lights at Uluru
We were photographed by locals in every state, and travellers national and international.
We were called
Groovy chicks, babes, girls, gals, two pink ladies.
Groovy has been called Awesome amazing, wonderful, inspiring, beautiful.
We heard truckies call her weird and Pricilla queen of the Desert
We have been back up singers and dancers, walked in a parade.
Drag queens, drag kings, men and women young and old from many cultures, pink sisters, and some amazing inspiring people.
We have learnt Aboriginal language, cultural and painting.
We tried to loss weight but is just stayed with us didn't want to miss out!!!
We tried to lighten the load in Groovy but we seem to just add at every stop, pink hats, paintings, candles, clothes, books, maps, dirt, shells, rocks and FRIDGE magnets!
We ate Roo Poo, Kangaroo and 10 cans of baked beans.
Laughed so hard our stomached ached!
Made up games, painted rocks, decorated a tree pink.
Thanks for sharing it with us.