Stats January 2021

Total Days Travelled 31 (730)

Total km for the month 1,677 (33,159)
Most km in a day 198 (298)
Average Daily Km 54 (45)
Monthly Budget $2,000 ($50,500)
Monthly Spend $1,404 ($48,443)
Accommodation Nights 31 (730)
Family/Friends 5 (256)
Low/No cost 8 (211)
National Parks 0 (4)
Caravan Parks 0 (113)
Showgrounds 1 (34)
Station Stays 0 (1)
Pub Stays 7 (27)
Motel 2 (4)
House Sit 0 (56) Nature Stay 10 (22) Airbnb 0 (2)

Books Read 5 (95)

Alone in the Dark by Karen Rose

A crime thriller of epic proportions. With over 700 pages this one took me a long time to read but was well worth it. Incredibly the book was set over only a two day time frame. That gives an indication of the pace of this thriller. An intriguing novel based on the dark world of human trafficking. Sadly the story is based on reality and it is still happening today.

The Street Lawyer by John Grisham

A fantastic storyline. A different angle on Little Guy v Corporate Giant. An insight into the plight of the homeless, how close we all are to actually being homeless and most importantly, the people who become the voice of the homeless, because the reality is that being homeless means being without voice. Terrific read!

The Walking Dead by Gerald Seymour

A fellow traveler gave me this book in Karumba and the title put me off reading it but you should never judge a book by its cover or its title. What a thriller! We don’t hear too much about suicide bombers today but they are still out there. Young men, brainwashed to believe they are doing God’s will, the foot soldiers of evil leaders. How do security and police forces of civilized countries combat sub-culture and stop it before it happens without impeding the civil liberties of the general population? Luck must surely play a big part. This was a great story with the threads coming together in the final pages. Excellent reading.

Too Close to Call by Graeme Roe

Excellent plot based around the horse racing industry. As you would expect there are some shady characters where gambling is concerned. An enjoyable book.

The Coo-ee March by John Meridith

I picked this one up at the Gilgandra Rural Museum. During the start of World War 1 and after the mass loss of lives at Gallipoli, additional reinforcements were needed to bolster the ranks and recruiters were having difficulty getting more volunteers. A couple of brothers from Gilgandra, the local butcher and plumber, came up with the idea of volunteers marching from from various towns in country NSW and marching as a unit to Sydney, picking up volunteers along the way and all joining in Sydney together. The idea was dismissed initially by the Defence Force but the Gilgandra men decided to do it anyway . The ADF eventually came onboard when it sensed the success the march would have. 26 men left Gilgandra and with each rally cry in the small towns and communities along the way more men joined until eventually 263 men marched into Sydney to a rousing reception. Many more men volunteered but were rejected on medical grounds. In 1987 a re-enactment march took place and again in 2015. A mate from my Coffs Harbour days who I caught up with just prior to Christmas last was one of the 40 people who took part in the 1987 march.

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