Hello everyone, (apologies for it being long - its now all up to date :))
So we left the Arts Factory and for the entire day the boys felt rather sensitive from the night before whereas I was ready for the next party. We had a travelling day down to Coffs Harbour, it took us over 4 hours as we went 20km the wrong way. But for the majority of the journey we drove through Kangaroo territory - simply fantastic. We saw kangaroos jumping in the fields and a family of about 12 just by the side of the road - they all stood still staring at us thinking 'great another tourist with a camera!'.
Now for a memory i will never forget - We stopped at the side of the road put the camera on a timer and balanced it on the campervan. I ran over the road and joined the boys standing in front of an amazing landscape with fields, trees, kangaroos, beaming sun and a true sense of freedom. The photo really encapsulated how we all felt - awesome with a dash of hangover.
Arrived at Coffs Harbour checked into a holiday park, the boys went for a swim and I made a mean chilli con carne. Everyone was asleep by 8pm as we are all about rock and roll! We woke up bright and early jumped into the river next to the holiday park which carried us down to the sea, Chris was told by a passer by to be wary of the current and as we soon realised the sea is far more powerful than us. There were 2 particular waves which crushed us all. As the wave forms and hurtles towards you, your excited but petrified. At one point I just stared at the wave which was at least 10ft high and froze, the wave sucked me in and no part of my body was touching either the sand bed or above the water. As I stood up for air we all looked at each other knowing that this is scary stuff, we ran in for a couple more waves but then went back to the campervan.
We drove a couple hours south to Scots Head, where we parked up next to the beach, drying all our clothes on a fence and had bacon sandwiches. We all went for another swim and as we bought a tennis ball it means endless hours of fun and mischief! This was also an opportune time for reading, we both bought new books, Chris is reading The Age of Reason and I'm reading Crimes Against Humanity. It's a detox day, partly because we just don't have any beer, sun tan lotion takes precedence in the budget.
We hit the road again and slept right next to the sea and watched the sun set. Another special memory- we all went and sat on the cliff top with nothing but a guitar and the moon light. We laid under the stars for hours, singing songs, watching the waves crash up onto the rocks. It was so peaceful and the perfect way to end a busy day. Next day we thought we would do something different and went to the ... Beach! a magnificent place called Seals Rock. The water was so clear you could be in the sea up to your waist and see the sea bed as well as little fish! That night, so we could all stick to our budgets we slept in a carpark next to a river, I can easily say that Australia has some of the cleanest car parks as I have stayed in nearly all of them!
Spontaneity is what this journey is all about so the next day we went sand surfing, go karting and had a wild party in another car park! Sand surfing was exhausting but fun, you have a thin board with a ridge at the end for your heels and the only way to stop is to dig your hands into the sand. When we were at the top of the dune we couldn't see the bottom as the curve was so drastic. Go karting also a rush, we had a 15 minute session which was more than enough for me! There was no safety talk they literally said grab a helmet and get it - excellent. 2 minutes after getting out the go kart were all checking our times and Josh technically did the fastest lap so thought he had won whereas Chris had completed the most laps. You can imagine the endless cycle of 'I won' 'no I won', it was a long drive particularly as I have no leg room as josh insists on having the cup holders out as well as the gear stick, the satnav charger and when ever we take a sharp left or right my knee turns the AC either on to max or off - I've laughed and I've cried.
The party was unforgettable. We only had one bottle of Jack Daniels which didn't last long but as none of us could drive Josh and Cal had to run 2-3 miles to the nearest liquor store. An hour later Cal comes back with another bottle of Jack but enquiries as to where josh is, here we go again if we're not loosing Joshs wallet were loosing Josh! We run down the road to find him and there's this man staggering along with a crate of beer and MORE Jack! We were overjoyed, and within 5 hours all the Jack and the 24 beers had gone. One hell of a party. There was dancing, standing on the campervans (sorry mums), playing guitar with some random people and Josh cooking a boiled egg?
This morning was hilarious, we're all a little drunk still and everything is giving us the giggles. Sorry to say, not only are we a saucepan and a light down but also a chair. We waited 5 hours before we set off, said bye to Cal and John had a lolly then hit the road. The views driving into Sydney were spectacular, it looked so vibrant and colourful. We dropped off our beloved campervan and ran for it before they noticed the injured chair, light and saucepan. We got the train to Kings Cross and as we got onto the street my heart sank. It was frightful, I thought well it's going to be ok as the boys can stay here and I'm going to a lovely hotel somewhere else :) as it happened we were in fact in the wrong place all together YAY we took another train back to central and it is beautiful here. I'm currently sitting on my bed about to go to sleep sharing a room with Chris, josh, rafael, Mitch, David, Amy, 2 Swedish girls and 1 German guy - great bunch of people.
Good night everyone,
Love to all, Love Jess, Chris and Josh xxx