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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Rivers View Post
    I always thought that I would love being a loner traveling around in my pick up camper and living the easy life. I have dreamed of this even as a kid in school reading Field N Stream and Outdoor Life. Alaska would have been perfect for me except for one thing . . . the freezing weather.

    Now, I think one can travel the interior of Australia and just stop where ever you feel like it for a few days. Does it ever freeze and snow down in south Australia?

    The nomad life for me.

    When I was single from '86 to 2005, I had high hopes of retiring early about 50-ish and buying a truck and a slide in camper. However, one hot Puerto Rican woman was enough to change my mind. I spent all that money on a house in 2005. And here I am telling you my dreams and aspirations.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Rivers View Post
    Thanks for the recent copy of the Nomad Times.

    I love reading the letters from readers who have first hand experiences to offer. I find most interesting that these travelers or vagabonders make this circuit of Australia. This seems to be the Holy Grail of full-timer RV'ers. Completing this circuit following the seasons is the dream of many.

    In the US, there is no "circuit" around the US. There is a "north to south and back north again" plan to miss the northern winters. When I lived in an RV park before I met my wife, the winter population was about 300-350 trailers depending on how many wanted the primitive areas (no hookups). Soon after the first of October, there would be a half dozen new trailers each day. It would swell until the first of April and then the reverse would happen . . . a few would leave each day until the entire summer population was steady. That was me and about 8 or 9 other full timers.

    The people I met during these winters are memorable. There was Jack and his wife from Akron, Vic and his wife from Ann Arbor, Carol from Georgian Bay, Ontario. Oh yes, and Fran from South Dakota. My favorite was Bill and Mae from South Carolina, a junk collector (picker) who had acres of collectibles and antiques stored in every nook and cranny on their old farmstead in South Carolina. They were very private people who stayed away from people but Bill took a liking to me. I was honored when they invited me to their farm one summer back around 2003. He showed me things that he had collected over the years that were just collecting dust but worth BIG money. He said he is saving the stuff for his kids to have so they won't have to struggle later. Mae contracted Alzheimers and Bill died in 2009.

    Anyway, just blabbering on about how much I enjoyed this lifestyle. It is always great to read the Nomad Times as this brings back great memories.

    By the way, I sold my trailer and everything with it after I met my wife in November of 2005. She was well worth trading one way of life for another.
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    I let people stay out on my back property that I meet through a few web blogs on grey nomads doing the circuit. Great people...

    As for doing the circuit Down Unda...ya gotta realise we are the size of the Lower 48 over there, Up Ova. The vast interior...is barren. The heart of the interior has one attraction...Ayers Rock...but...this month climbing it has been prohibited...so...that ends trips to what we call, The Red Centre.

    https://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/u...-i-climb-uluru

    The most urbanised country...believe it or not...is Australia. Going clockwise...Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin are knots of metropolitan areas with nuthin' in between...except...small communities. They derive a lot of income from people on the circuit. Not just caravaners...but, long haul truckers.

    There's a push going on now...for little towns to actually construct FREE camping grounds...maybe a little money if you want electricity, supplied. But, there's clean restrooms, sewage dumps, showers...some will also have water. It's securely fenced...and, usually next to the local cop shop, too. All you need to do to make it "free" is to buy something in the town. Groceries, fuel...restaurant...a movie...car service...beer...anything. Ya save the receipts and show it to the attendant at the park. This is only now, catching on. It certainly does bring business, in.

    The government has outlined certain roadways that thread certain towns. They have names. I like the Savannah Way. Most go counter-clockwise...because they will have following winds which saves a lot of money once you consider the circle and dips in and out of National Parks can be easily 10,000 miles.

    https://www.savannahway.com.au/

    Over to the west...you'll see that little town of Kununurra I was talking about last week. I've been reading all I can on it. It'll be a one-month stop for me. I'm already talking to fellow Rotarians, there...about "everything". I won't spend a dime on accomodation...all have plenty of room for me to park. One guy in their club was a grey from Brisbane that spent a winter with a metal detector...found about $600K in gold...and a new wife! I wish!

    http://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/kununurra-wa
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    There is Slab City here in the Southwest. A "free for all" more than a free place to park.

    The people that go there are looking for no intrusion from anyone that works for the govt.

    I imagine there are free spots around the country that offer accommodations like you do. Everyone is afraid of sue-happy campers I guess and in this political climate, I can see that. You can't let yourself be put in a situation where bad people can take advantage of you because we know they will



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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Rivers View Post
    I let people stay out on my back property that I meet through a few web blogs on grey nomads doing the circuit. Great people...

    As for doing the circuit Down Unda...ya gotta realise we are the size of the Lower 48 over there, Up Ova. The vast interior...is barren. The heart of the interior has one attraction...Ayers Rock...but...this month climbing it has been prohibited...so...that ends trips to what we call, The Red Centre.

    https://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/u...-i-climb-uluru

    The most urbanised country...believe it or not...is Australia. Going clockwise...Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin are knots of metropolitan areas with nuthin' in between...except...small communities. They derive a lot of income from people on the circuit. Not just caravaners...but, long haul truckers.

    There's a push going on now...for little towns to actually construct FREE camping grounds...maybe a little money if you want electricity, supplied. But, there's clean restrooms, sewage dumps, showers...some will also have water. It's securely fenced...and, usually next to the local cop shop, too. All you need to do to make it "free" is to buy something in the town. Groceries, fuel...restaurant...a movie...car service...beer...anything. Ya save the receipts and show it to the attendant at the park. This is only now, catching on. It certainly does bring business, in.

    The government has outlined certain roadways that thread certain towns. They have names. I like the Savannah Way. Most go counter-clockwise...because they will have following winds which saves a lot of money once you consider the circle and dips in and out of National Parks can be easily 10,000 miles.

    https://www.savannahway.com.au/

    Over to the west...you'll see that little town of Kununurra I was talking about last week. I've been reading all I can on it. It'll be a one-month stop for me. I'm already talking to fellow Rotarians, there...about "everything". I won't spend a dime on accomodation...all have plenty of room for me to park. One guy in their club was a grey from Brisbane that spent a winter with a metal detector...found about $600K in gold...and a new wife! I wish!

    http://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/kununurra-wa
    The Savannah Way you talk about is a great idea. Nomads can follow a circuit and have a myriad of places that are available to them laid out ahead of time.

    Florida has a similar "trail" that circumvents the state known as The Great Florida Birding Trail. A pre-laid out path that hits all the favorite spots for checking out Florida's great variety of birds. This is BIG money believe it or not.

    And I will add this @Northern Rivers , My ten years or so living full time among the pat time snowbirds were some of the best years of my life socially. All these people are wonderful. No thugs, trouble-makers or low life trash. Only the best of what people can be.

    Of course you get your assholes occasionally but you learn to avoid them to decrease interactions that would cause friction.

    Besides these past 15 years being married to my wife, I would say the previous decade living in RV parks among the snowbirds were just as fulfilling. I had met some truly wonderful people from all walks of life.

    I will mention one lady named Dee. She was a sweetheart to me and her husband, Jack, was one of the best I have ever met. He was a carpenter all his life and was a real pro at it. Dee was a looker even at her "retirement" age. She was a cigarette hawker in hotels and casinos back in the day and was the model on Chesterfield ads. I have a pic of her somewhere on my stash of pics.


    I only mention a couple of people but My day was loaded with people just like them. One time I had to change the lower drive unit on my Mercruiser stern drive. I had all these guys pitching in, many of whom knew way more about this than I did. I practically did not have to lift a finger!

    Like I said NR, I would not trade those days for anything. The reason I left that life was my wife entered into my the next phase of "It's A Wonderful Life Rickity" in October of 2004.
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    Listen @Northern Rivers , I have to mention one other fine couple from Indianapolis. Ike and Maxine were true midwest farmers but retired from that life early.

    Maxine was a sweetheart even after MS had crippled her legs to the point she could not even stand. Didn't matter though, they were so good to me!

    There son was a big time trucking rodeo driver who would enter these competitions for company drivers to see who could drive these double trailers the best.

    Even though Maxine's legs were useless, that did not stop her from being the best of what she could be 24/7. The world would be a much better place if it was full of Jack and Dee's or Ike and Maxine's for sure. It has been my honor to be in their life for the short time I was there.



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