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A Bump on the Road: Travels With My Wife

Graham Badrock

After almost forty-four years of marriage, the trials and intrigue of travelling together can make you wonder why...

From cruising in Alaska, to railway journeys in Australia, to walking tours in thunderstorms in Adelaide, why do we do these things?

Being eaten alive by sand flies in tropical far north Queensland, being ambushed by monster kangaroos on Raymond Island. Dragging a caravan in Outback New South Wales and Queensland, having pumpkin scones and tea with the son of Queensland's former premier, Sir Joh Bjelke-Peterson at the family property, Bethany.

To be abused and sworn at by very well dressed beggars in Vancouver and discover you just don't know what lies around the next corner. Enduring eight days and nights at Port Fairy in Victoria, watching and listening to the riveting Commonwealth Sheep Dog Trials... knows no bounds.

Travel has its joys, but we need to do it with another. I chose my wife; well, I really didn't have an option.

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Graham Badrock, throughout his working life, always had the desire to experience what was outside his own pocket of bliss. Living in one of Australia's most beautiful and popular holiday towns, Bright, the need to escape the hordes of visitors who invade the alpine region for twelve months a year was the catalyst to go exploring. The opportunity came when he and his wife, Karen, retired from their bed and breakfast after almost two decades; they were off. Having raised their children, it was time to escape, and see what all the fuss was about. As someone once said, ‘travel knows no boundaries, it's just the potholes in the road that get in the way'.