Another milestone in our, seemingly, never ending move to the new abode, a fresh start in a totally new location. (Hmm, a milestone? I wonder if this is worthy of a request to Nic & Nath. lol ;-)
I’ll go out on a limb (ba da boom) and say that our move is nearing completion. It must be if we’re starting to move the garden contents!
Pictured is The little truck that does with the greenhouse snugly in place after travelling 150k’s (approx 100 miles) to its new location at the property. Astute observers will notice that even up there, it’s still sheltering plants under its roof.
The little truck that does? because unlike the story book engine that “thinks it can”, this little baby has performed almost flawlessly and “just does”. It continues to pleasantly surprise despite being in a badly neglected and unloved state originally. It hasn’t all been plain sailing as it required an injection of capital into the bottom end in an attempt to stem the expensive and annoying oil losses, or as the old joke goes: fill it up with oil and check the fuel! After this move it will retire to the farm and lead a peaceful leisurely life, challenged only by the donkeys and goats (when we get them). Hmm, Where was I?
It’s amazing how much stuff one accumulates over 30 plus years, but despite the fact that we are moving, we are not downsizing! Not yet anyway. Everything has gone with us, the lot. Your “Life on the lawn” is an understatement when you forgo the garage sales and just move it all to a 100 acres.
We sort it all out later but, not surprisingly, the vast majority is destined for reuse and new projects of which the list is already way too long. We wouldn’t have it any other way though.
So – how many trips, loads, tonnes?
Let me start by saying that we always knew it would be a huge move, that it would take maybe 6 months to complete, and that it would require some nifty footwork and sleepless nights.
All this has been confirmed, with the added emphasis of reality. It’s one thing to plan, another to actually live through it. No removalists have been involved either, planning and logistics? As it unfolds – “Here’s the master plan, here are the amendments, now forget it and just do it!”
DW is excellent at keeping track of numbers and dates (some of her many skills) and todate we have made 70 plus trips, comprising 100 plus loads in total (a trailer, as in the photo, counts as a load). 40 odd with this truck, which can carry up to 2.7 tonnes, and had probably come close to exceeding it on occasion :-)
So, Dear Reader, how many tonnes might that be? If a Truck, Pajero and trailer can all carry capacity.
So with that figure in place, and the mouths now closed (and the heads no longer shaking?) How many hours, or rather days in travelling? How many kilometres?
A round trip takes 4 hours, 1 hour minimum to unload, 3 hours minimum to load in the first instance. That’s an 8 hour day per trip. On a few occasions we were able to squeeze a second trip in. For at least a quarter of them they were midnight runs, lovely and quite on the roads at that time.
70 days spent moving, or on the road for want of a more exact total.
22000 kilometres (14000 miles) under the wheels.
(ETA: Part of the trip to Creswick involves the Pentland Hills, a long slow climb over the Great Dividing Range. 410 metres above our starting point in Melbourne, one notorious climb of 200 metres over perhaps 10 k’s , broken into too few dips and rises. )
We aren’t finished either. :-)
Would we do it again? In a heartbeat – YES!
Would I recommend it to anyone else – unequivocally!
If you get the chance to do it, don’t look for obstacles in the way. Look for solutions and less mainstream alternatives. Anything is possible, especially if you don’t constrain yourself to those mainstream solutions.
Well, back to the move, there is no avoiding it after all. :-)
Slightly more cluttered now.