Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
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In which Katoomba becomes some kind of low budget metaphor.

En route to Mudgee today, I asked that Dan stop in Katoomba. I wanted to see the first laundromat we used in Australia, as well as my first Liquorland, that place where we bought pizza, and the Kmart where I bought Radiant XL laundry detergent packets and begged the cashier for dollar coins.

At the time, we'd just bought the Land Cruiser. It was at the very beginning of our trip; everything was unseen, new experiences were everywhere, and all the tasks at hand were limited in duration and easily accomplished.

At this time, we're faced with a series of tasks that are comparatively rather difficult, and whose length is as yet unclear. How long will it take to sell the car? What price can we get? How long will it take to find a job? What price will I command?

It's unspeakably sad for me, this. At the same time I can't help but be grateful that I was able to have a year off, a wonderful travelling companion, friends both new and old to make it all the better. I'm blue right now, and it's going to stay for a few days or even weeks, but it's important to remember why.

Tomorrow: Dan goes in search of dead ancestors while Chris washes the truck. Then, the long drive to Casino and hopefully dinner at Ten Thousand Cows in Lismore.
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