Day 97: Toowoomba, Australia
I met Joerdis today. She is a young, German woman who has been working various jobs in Australia for the past few years.
During the bus ride up from Brisbane, I felt uneasy about traveling over the next several days with a complete stranger. All sorts of things ran through my head about what could go wrong? Would would know if it did? I need to be smart.
I called her after arriving at the bus terminal but there was no answer. I felt that she might have left me stranded. I wanted her to leave me stranded so that I could return to Brisbane. There isn’t anything to look forward to there. But, it would give me an opportunity to catch the next bus up to the Whitsundays so that I can join Veronica and Bull on the sailing adventure.
Unfortunately, Joerdis showed up after 10 minutes of waiting. I was hoping to get the next bus back to Brisbane. Damn!
After getting acquainted with Joerdis, it became clear that her plan for the next several days was not solid. Instead of playing Mr. Nice Guy, I was candid with her. I told her that I did not want to do the camping trip. I’d rather go sailing!
Joerdis was nice enough to give me a ride back to Brisbane in her fuscia Chevy Caprice with chrome wheels. She gave me some background on how she purchased it. Her goal was to sell it for as much as she paid for it. The car was a disaster with its cheap paint job, raggedy interior and mechanical issues. She would not admit that he overpaid for it and got a bad deal, but I got a strong impression for her that she knew it.
She is an absolute terrible driver. I’m sure it’s in large part to her car being so large. It’s difficult to see around such a big vehicle. Imagine the next week or more driving Australian roads with such a terrible driver.
Once back in Brisbane, I booked the Premier Motor Service bus pass between Brisbane and Cairns, and the sailing trip. I’m excited, but the cost of traveling around Australia is really a burden and has me alarmed. I really need to get out of this place. On the bright side, this is a unique experience, on the other side of the world.
Roll with it!