Urunga

We have been thinking that we moved south too early, as it has been rather cool here of a night time with the southerly winds, but it has been rather cold everywhere down south and that is what we have been getting.

It has been very enjoyable here and would be a good place to spend some time to just relax. There is ample shopping close by and if one needs large shops Coffs Harbour is only 25 Km up the road.

We are now ready for another leg of our trip tomorrow, but at this stage we are unsure where we are going to stop tomorrow night. It will be more than likely down near Port Stephens for an overnight stop, and then on to Sydney, so we will see what tomorrow brings. It is forecast for rain and storms over the next couple of days and this could very well alter our plans.

Urunga

Urunga is situated on the coast at the entrance of two rivers, Bellinger and Kalang. Not very often seen where two rivers enter the coast at the same point.

One noted thing here is the foot bridge from the town across the mangrove swamp to the breakwater that leads to the coastline. This is a must do as the scenery is some of its own.

One thing noted on the coastline was one area of the beach that was littered with driftwood, it is isolated to one side of the rivers entrance. This is something that probably occurs regularly, but I can’t recall seeing such an occurrence anywhere else in our travels. The wood has probably been washed out from the rivers and then deposited on the beach by the prevailing tides.

Urunga

Another move now sees us at a small place called Urunga, about 25 Km south of Coffs Harbour. We visited this town last year while on our way south as we had heard about it and decided then that we must come and stay sometime, so here we are.

We have only been here a couple of hours and already we feel we could stay for a lengthy period. We are thinking of extending this visit from 3 to 5 days, but we must consider how quickly we really want to get to Sydney.

Haven’t done much around here yet, my back is playing up but is a little better today, and after setting up all I wanted to do was rest. There is a long boardwalk across the water to the costal area that is quite long so we must go there for a good look around. From the caravan park, right next to the reserve, there seems to be quite a few walking tracks on the other end of the boardwalk so it should be interesting when we get there.

Linda also likes the township itself, as there are a couple of supermarkets to make her happy. She actually lashed out today and bought a banana and ate it as the price was a little lower here than elsewhere of late.

Ballina

Chapter 38

Moving on from the Sunshine Coast.

We have now started our migration south to be in Melbourne for Xmas, and have, yesterday, arrived at Ballina. How plans can change easily: My back has been playing up since yesterday and is not very good, the worst bout I have had in many years, so if it doesn’t improve tomorrow we may consider staying here longer. We had planned on only being here for two days as we have decided to make a reasonably quick trip to Sydney so we could spend some time on the South NSW coast.A welcome discovery at the caravan park at Ballina is the free wireless internet provided. All one has to do is register so one can logon, but only two hours per day is allowed.

Sunshine Coast

Tuesday 24th October 2006, (Sunshine Coast).

It is amazing how much extra one uses when one is parked for so long. Today was a day for packing up the extra stuff so now all we have to do tomorrow is the normal packing as if it were a normal move.

Linda still has an appointment with the GP tomorrow to finally sort out a couple of questions so we can leave here with a clear mind, and whether we need to do some follow-up treatment when we get to Melbourne or not.

Our travel plans for the next couple of months, if we can stick to them, is to make a rather quick move to Sydney by making about four shortish trips and be there about this time next week. We are doing this so we can have a reasonable amount of time to spend cruising around the coast from Sydney to Melbourne concentrating on the southern NSW coast. We have only been along there once, six years ago, being our first trip after leaving Tassie for the first time. We intend stopping at places that we didn’t stop at on our first trip, but we at this stage not planning any places so we can pick them each time we make a move. We intend being in Melbourne early to mid December.

We just rang some friends we know that are in the Wollongong area to find out where they are, and they are at Windang, so I guess that will be our first stop after Sydney, and we will take it from there.

Wednesday 25th October 2006, (Sunshine Coast).

We are now all packed, except for finals tomorrow, so we will now be on the move again.

Sunshine Coast

Wednesday 18th October 2006, (Sunshine Coast).

I have decided what to do with the web site as far as my memoirs, and that is to partially take Matthew’s advice and create a memoirs page for information only, and then replace the reports with my memoirs using the same dating system. This will give a lot more information for people to read, if anybody is going to be interested.

Linda has had her final doctors visit this morning with results looking pleasing. It seems she has Pulmonary hypertension and has been given medication to relieve the symptoms. The unfortunate thing is that it looks like taking this medication for life. It is a relief though, knowing that there is nothing wrong with her heart and arteries.

Now that we seem to have finalised Linda’s treatment we can now look at leaving here and making our way south for Xmas. We have booked in here for another week to prepare for moving, so plan on leaving on Thursday 26th.

Sunday 22nd October 2006, (Sunshine Coast).

With Linda’s treatment now all that is left to do is to collect a copy of records from the specialist for future reference, and a final visit to the GP for final discussions about how the treatment will work in the future.

I have been spending a fair bit of time getting my memoirs ready to place on the web site, and it is going to take me a lot longer than initially thought. I have to copy each web entry into WordPad so I can overcome formatting problems and then copy them to the web site. The time taken to copy them to the web is a big consideration as well seeing I do have limited time on the internet without paying a lot extra, so we will just have to persist.

We are still planning on leaving here on Thursday and it will be nice to be on the road again.

Sunshine Coast

Monday 9th October, Sunshine Coast.

Not a great deal of improvement with Linda as yet, so with a small relapse today we will get her to the GP tomorrow and see if there is something can be done. Her next appointment with the specialist, Dr Kit Wong, isn’t until tomorrow week so we hope there will be a fair bit of improvement before then. This being the case we would then hopefully be able to start making plans for our travels south.

The new mobile broadband, next G, that I have been waiting for was fired up on the weekend and they are advertising free upgrade for current customers. I went into the Telstra shop today to enquire about an upgrade, and would you believe I was told that there is an extreme shortage of equipment, so all they could do was take my details with the intention of calling me when they are available. It will be interesting to see how many Telstra shops I have to register with until I can obtain the upgrade.

Tuesday 10th October, Sunshine Coast.

It seems with Linda’s health problems I have forgotten to mention anything about our new web site. I have had a fair bit of practice with it, but am still having a few problems.

I have created a new page for TV reception details for fellow travellers and each time I try to edit the page for later edition documents the formatting of the text on the page rearranges itself somewhat in a manner that I can’t yet understand. I dare say that with a bit more practice I should overcome this, hopefully.

I tried also to create another page so I could upload my memoirs, but this has presented a few problems also. I asked Matthew to help with my problems, but the solutions did not agree with my thoughts of what I wanted to do. I decided to upload my chapters in a .pdf format but there is obviously a limit on upload file size, and seeing some of the chapters contain several photos some file sizes are several meg and are too big to upload. I guess I will have to give some consideration to reducing the file sizes somehow, maybe I will have to remove the photos on the file I upload to the server.

It’s all fun trying these things.

Sunshine Coast

Wednesday 4th October, Sunshine Coast.

Linda has had her Angiogram, but it didn’t turn out as easy as expected. The Angiogram itself was successful showing that there were no problems with the heart and the arteries, veins, concerned with it, but when the doctor then decided to do a similar test on her lungs he had problems locating the vein he had to insert his probe into. This created a problem by causing extreme pain and discomfort with him probing, jabbing and inserting more local anaesthetic trying to do the procedure. The result of this was massive bruising around the area and some extra pain she now has to come to grips with over the next few days. It also meant an extra overnight stay in hospital to monitor the extra problems. She is now home and feeling somewhat better, but will need a few days rest doing next to nothing, and then gradual building herself up to do what was normal exercise. They have prescribed some medication assuming that the problem is in the area of her lungs and associated veins to see if this helps the problem. Another visit with Dr Kit Wong in a couple of weeks will reveal whether that is in fact the problem, here’s hoping so. This being the case will mean that we can up roots and start making our way south somewhere late in October. For now then it is just wait and see.

Friday 6th October, Sunshine Coast.

Linda is progressing with her recovery, she is a bit more mobile doing a couple of very short and steady walks today. One can only wait for further improvements. She is as usual very upset at the moment because I am doing a lot of her chores and she does’t like not being able to do the chores she would normally undertake, but she will just have to put up with it.