Memories of Rolling Solo
I have so many Rolling Solo memories. Yesterday a new Facebook group was started – for those of us that in 2017 drove from our home states around Australia to the Ross River Resort just out of Alice Springs. I had purchased an old (1983) Toyota Coaster earlier in the year, with a plan to live in the bus and do some travelling. The previous owner called the Coaster Murtle, so I stick with that name. Then I discovered Rolling Solo. They were planning their first event – get-together at Ross River in August that year.
I joined the group and booked for the trip of a lifetime. I moved out of my unit at Beachmere – had enough of awful neighbours and lived in the bus for a few weeks before I set off. I had planned a couple of test runs with the Coaster, but the only one I did was an attempt to go to a camping ground north of Brisbane, but the Coaster didn’t want to do it, and broke down just before Wamuran. That was an adventure on its own.
Brisbane to Mt Isa
The plan was originally to travel in convoy with other members of Rolling Solo, but it didn’t suit me initially, and then I was asked to go to Sydney for an SBS program. We worked out that I had to hurry to Mt Isa and fly to Sydney for recording, and then get back to Mt Isa.
I drove to Mt Isa without any drama, and stayed in a Caravan Park for the first time at Dalby, and then did some free camping. I didn’t know about free camping, but learned that it was ok. There was one, the name of which I can’t recall, my first one, somewhere north of Roma I think. Another was at the Barcoo River at Tambo, and then at Camooweal. It was at Camooweal that I met two Rollers and we spent the night almost under a bridge there.
The trip to and from Sydney was great – and we recorded the program for Insight about women in housing stress or homeless, and I returned to Mt Isa without any dramas.
On and on I went, stopping at the Barkly Homestead, and then Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) meeting up with other Rollers there. Then it was onto a caravan park for a few days (where I met more Rollers) before we headed off to Ross River.
The whole trip is one great part of my travel memories.
Events at Ross River
There were many events at Ross River for us – from bus trips doing the tourist thing around the area, workshops, parties, ukelele classes, and more. Or just sitting around chatting, drinking coffee or wine, and making friends. It was wonderful.
One of the things we did was get into the Guinness Book of records for the longest line of camp chairs. Read about it here.
Then and Now
When the new FB page was started for those Rollers who attended the event, quite a few of us reconnected. It’s called Ross River Girls 2017. Though only a small number of us have found the site as yet, it was fun to reconnect with them. So many of us have wonderful Rolling Solo memories from Ross River and NT. There is a suggestion that we meetup one day. How awesome would that be?
While I still have itchy feet and would have this year (2020) attempted some trips away, I am like others, handicapped by the Covid-19 restrictions. I no long have my bus, and I sometimes dream of somehow buying a luxury camper van and setting off on travels around Australia again.
My only plan at the moment is to drive down to Adelaide – I have the route all set out and detailed in my computer. I would go down to Broken Hill, then south but instead of going straight to Adelaide, would detour to Port Augusta and head north into Wilpena Pound.
Sounds good, but currently border closures prohibit me carrying out my plans.
I can continue to dream! What is your travel dream?