Meetings, shopping and another conversation ..


Never people to do things by halves, today was nothing short of MASSIVE!

  1. Meet with Barrett Communications to organise installation of our sponsored HF radio.
  2. Meeting with the kids’ teachers at the School for Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE).
  3. Meeting with Aussie Offroad Megastore – purchasing bullbar, winch, awning and recovery equipment for a great price.
  4. Getting a serious helping hand price-wise from management at Supercheap Auto in Cannington – purchasing Prorack roof racks and installation kits as well as Tred Recovery tracks.
  5. After dropping off the family at our accommodation, picking up the bullbar and awning.

The day is not over yet. As Kirstine sits here typing, Paul is putting together the roof racks to install on the Patrol. This is after already removing the factory bumper and fitting the bullbar in two hours, during which time we wrangled the kids into bed, were rained on mid fitting, and just to top it off, pooped on by a possum that was spooked by us being outside in the dark and ran up a tree over our heads, only to drop unwanted gifts on our!

As dark set in, our neighbour in the cabin next to ours, brought over an LED lamp so that we could see what we were doing. He even offered to help us lift the bullbar into position when we were ready, so that we didn’t injure ourselves. This gentleman was intrigued by our story and cause, and asked for our website details so that he could follow our journey. He shared a little of his own experiences with the Black Dog, and how he came to realise what was actually happening. Speaking of a book, sometimes the right visual representation brings an understanding where words couldn’t accurately describe how depression impacts on your quality of life.

Tomorrow will be another day filled with appointments and meetings, but tonight we will (eventually) fall into bed content with the accessories we have been able to purchase from our meagre savings, and the knowledge that we have at least one new follower of our journey in our next door neighbour, who will no doubt also share our story with his network of friends. Mission accomplished? For today, yes.

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