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Car Swap & On the Road

18 April 2019 | Wagga Wagga
Helen
Woke up around 6:30. Tried to sleep until 7 but ended up getting up. Had breakfast and showered. Then packed up our bags and checked out around 8:30. Drove to Manly Beach and stopped along the way to fuel up. Picked up our new rental car at Hertz. This time we have a gray Toyota Civic. I got to drive our rental car as far as the Budget shop. I only turned on the wipers twice, changing lanes, since they are on the side where the signals are back home. The new rental car feels much bigger than our previous Yaris. From Budget, we headed out of town. However, we had to drive a huge amount of miles to get out of Sydney. There were plenty of other cars with the same idea. The roads were grid locked with the Easter holiday crowds. This was the first time we drove by the Sydney Airport. We could see a huge airplane pass over a bridge over the hiway we were driving on. That's not a sight you see every day. We stopped at one of the rest stops along the way. There was a fruit stand with very expensive fruit. Good thing we had a packed some in our cooler bag. We had to wait in line for the toilets and they were not what I expected at a rest stop. Mark did all the driving today. It was a nice hot and sunny day, but the sky was full of pretty thick clouds. Our temperatures reached 27C. The scenery was hilly with fields of cattle, sheep and horses. We drove many miles without seeing any houses at all. Decided to eat thru some of the snacks in our car and wait until we got to Wagga Wagga for dinner. We stopped at a second rest stop. We noticed an area which we thought was a cafe. They served free coffee and tea which was part of a volunteer program. They also would have sold us some sausage sandwiches, but we decided to wait. Just before we arrived at our hotel, Mark noticed some airplanes which were part of the Royal Australian Air Force. We stopped and walked around 5 jets that were parked in the field beside their museum. Then we continued driving and we spotted a Hertz store. I told Mark that I wanted to see if they could help with a sticky spot on the floor on my side of the car. I waited and eventually it was my turn. They were very helpful. Someone worked on it but they could not get it all off. It's much better and I will just try to avoid that area. They said it was Vaseline or something like that. We didn't get to the Townhouse Hotel until 5:30. We took our bags to our room and headed out on foot. Got some great exercise walking around. Lots of shops and cafes in their downtown, including a small shopping mall. We ended up eating in a Thai restaurant where I could get lots of cooked veggies. After we finished dinner, we walked back to the hotel. Watching some tv and relaxing. We're trying to keep our driving times down. Maybe tomorrow will be a shorter distance. Thanks so much for all the emails and messages. Great to hear from you!

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Vessel Name: Charabia
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot / Athena
Hailing Port: Jacksonville, FL
Crew: Mark &Helen
About:
We are both computer folks that were live aboard cruisers back in the 90s. We settled in Jacksonville Florida after escaping the great white north and cruising the Bahamas, T&C, DR and points south down to Trinidad. [...]
Extra: Charabia is a French slang word for nonsense or gibberish. It derives from Arabic "sharab" which means alcohol.When you drink (too much) alcohol, you start talking Charabia. The original owners named her and Mark liked the name so it stuck.
Charabia's Photos - Main
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Nov 2017 trip south from Jacksonville
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Created 23 August 2018
Upgrades and maintenance to Charabia
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Created 27 June 2017
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Created 16 May 2015
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Created 15 May 2015
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Created 7 April 2015
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Created 4 April 2015
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Created 31 March 2015
Get the boat ready to cruise.
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Created 14 March 2015