Day 0 – The Open Road

‘There you are!” cried the Toad, straddling and expanding himself. “There’s real life for you, embodied in that little cart. The open road, the dusty highway, the heath, the common, the hedgerows, the rolling downs! Camps, villages, towns, cities! Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you and a horizon always changing! And mind, this is the finest cart of its sort that was ever built, without any exception. Come look inside at the arrangements. Planned ‘em all myself, I did!”

And so begins the tale of Toad from the Wind in the Willows. How apt I think. I picked up Alfie this afternoon and have spent some hours filling each crevice and prodding each button, and staring bewildered at the hoses. TOMORROW I set off on the big adventure and THE OPEN ROAD – Poop Poop.

Really, is my own situation so very different?

Even now Alfie is parked out on the kerb, and I am staring at the small pile of things yet to go in, and hoping I get it all.

Tomorrow I drive down from Auckland to Taupo and meet up with my brother Steve, who has his own camper, and will accompany me a couple of nights. Considering the newness of all this to me, I am very glad of the company.

I must admit to some similarities to Toad, reluctant though I am to confess it. The impulsiveness, the speeches, the longing for adventure.


Here’s Alfie, waiting on the kerb.

Ready to go

I’ll post again tomorrow, when the adventure is well under way. Here’s hoping it doesn’t end as quickly as Toad’s did, in the ditch.

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