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Macca’s Trax #4


I thought I’d give you an update, not a lot of “Trax” to report as such because regardless of what they tell us on the news, I seem to be pretty much locked down still. I thought I found an opening to go and visit my daughter Jess in NSW a few days ago but that fell over too. I discovered that the New South Wales border was open from Victoria without having to quarantine, woo hoo! I have to be back in Vic on the 4th of November for work so this gave me the opportunity to rip up there, see Jess, grab a few Jess hugs which are, in my opinion the best hugs in Australia then back to Vic in time for work. You see, from my research (which I’ve had plenty of time to do), as of the first of November, I can travel back into Vic from NSW without quarantine, happy days! I loaded the Silverado up and hit the road to freedom (well, the new freedom, you know the stuff we’re celebrating at the moment that doesn’t look quite like freedom used to), I’m off to New South Wales. 

Now I’m pretty sure when they loaded the first convicts onto the boats in the motherland and they set off to New South Wales they weren’t as excited as I was but it was short-lived excitement. A couple of hours up the road towards to border I get a call from Jess, apparently, the evening before the NSW Government decided that if you came in from Victoria you had to do a 14 day home quarantine, sigh, turn around. Normally the thought of spending 14 days with Jess wouldn’t have worried me but after nearly 3 months in lockdown without work, the thought of being stuck over there and missing work when it came up touched my responsible side and I made a grown-up decision. Anyway, that’s the most exciting thing that’s happened in my world in the last couple of weeks and I’ll get back to trying to plan my next escape bid from my camp on Phillip Island.

Keep on smiling, I’ll give you another update shortly, I think there are about 6 of you reading this blog now so I’m highly motivated by it, thank you all. Have fun!

Get some mud on your tyres,



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Craig “Macca” McGown has spent more than half his life exploring and working all over Australia. He has been involved in the outdoor leisure industry for over 15 of those years and has an intimate understanding of what does and doesn’t work in Australia’s harshest environments.

10 Responses

  1. Yeah its not really freedom that’s for sure, but at least I will be able to get the dog to the beach again.

  2. Not long before things are back to some normality Macca, the Media have caused a lot of confusion & these days ha too much influence over Government. I’m packed & ready to escape .🇦🇺

  3. Where do you cross the border on your sojourns to NSW … remember where we live and always good coffee ( mornings) or frothies to catch up over. What year did we catch up with your good self and Carlisle Rodgers ( spelling?) At Monkey Mia….we are thinking 2011 ????

  4. Hey Bud
    I have just bought a farm in Elland just outside Grafton NSW
    Give me a tingle if your ever passing through.

  5. Bugger, the old dangling carrot strikes again! Should be right at the end of the month, maybe?

  6. Keep going – blog writing is hard work!

    And keep the funny memes coming – a good giggle is definitely needed at the moment!

  7. Hey Macca, you could have came up to the Beechworth area, plenty of mud around to get the tires muddy.
    I can take you to an old gold mine to explore, can go in about 100 metres.
    Cheers 👍

  8. Good on you Macca enjoy the escape ( holiday ) we are about to hook up for our first weekend away in the van for a while but we have plenty to keep us occupied after Xmas in Tassie try out our new to us MUX and our Inspiration , well all the best and have a merry Xmas n hopefully we all get a better New Year , love the show by the way