Blog Day 157 Mon 10th October 2011
We are up with the sun this morning, seeing as the dam thing still heats the van up, and on the road towards Hervey Bay. Renee has us booked into Base Backpackers in Hervey, where they have us booked into a nice private room. The guy at the check in desk is probably one of the friendliest people we have met in Oz. He is all smiles and delivers a real cheery welcome for us before we head up to our room.
The 'private' room turns out to be a 6 bed dorm room with no-one else in it. There is a toilet and shower in the room so it works out pretty private. Our bed is very similar to the bed that Dan used to sleep in when we first met and he shared a room with his little bro Simon. It's a black metal bunk bed that has a double bed on the bottom and a single bed up top. Dan's used to be the double by the way.
We crash in the room for a couple of hours sorting through various bits and bobs. Everything still seems to be swaying a little after spending 2 days on the Clipper (not from the booze!).
At 6pm we head over to the Nomads Hostel for the Fraser briefing. The trip is a 3 day 2 night 4WD tag along trip. This basically means a convoy of 4WD vehicles spend 3 days driving off road and along beaches on the biggest sand island in the world. Our group is relatively small (only 13 people) and only a handful of us are able to drive. All the non-drivers were put into Group A with us and the rest of the able drivers in Group B. We are handed a shopping list and told to mark down the bits that we want as we shall be eating in our groups for the next few days. Group A are tearing their way through the list and having a great laugh with each other. From our group all that could be heard was…………crickets!
Group A consisted of 4 Canadian lads (Curtis, Mac, Kyle and Colin), an American chick (El pronounced like the letter……L) and a German dude (?). Our group consisted of a German guy (Fabian), a couple from Finland (Annamari and Matti), a Spanish guy (Fastaruv) and a Dutch guy (Anne), so you can see that when Dan tried to break the ice in our group by asking everybody's name, it was a bit of a loaded question! So mate, buddy, pal, mucker and darling will have to do for now.
After a good half hour of working out what people would and wouldn't eat we give in our shopping lists and head off to buy some beers.
We can't help but hope that our group livens up a little otherwise the next few days are going to be HARD WORK!