Unapologetic insolence from an aging subversive

Unapologetic insolence from an aging subversive

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Travelling


The motel radio comes on at 6am just as Fran Kelly’s voice promos her breakfast show. Apparently we’re one level short of a pandemic – not an issue out here.

The further west you go the saner the world gets.

I’ve ordered breakfast at seven, so there’s time for a shower and some reports, but I’m on autopilot at this hour, and I’ll need to check carefully anything I write.

This motel room is a bit unusual in that it has a back door and a back yard – sort of. There is a row of palms planted out there, anachronistic for me this far west as I always associate palms with the beach.

It’s a nice touch, but you can still hear the trucks as they roar past at all hours out front. I open the unit door to begin loading files and computer into the wagon and the chill hits me like a cold sponge.

The lineup of travellers’ cars is changing these days. Instead of the Commodores and Falcons that once were the go, you’re seeing diesel SUVs, medium sized cars and diesel vans. The bloke in the unit next to mine is packing a diesel Mondeo. I’d kill for a coffee, but am feeling too lazy to brew something up from what’s available in the room, so I’ll wait for breakfast. In any case, breakfast coffee will be brewed.

A seven thirty start will be OK, as I’ve got 3 hours on the road, and that will get me to the school in good time to meet the parents of the student I’m supporting at 10.30. Besides I’m heading vaguely east, and don’t relish driving into the rising sun at the beginning of this trip – too many stock transports which always leads to a dirty windscreen.

This would not be a good journey to take in the MX5 with the top down.

It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day.

1 comment:

Boy on a bike said...

Ah, the memories of business trips to the bush. When looking for a place to stay, I always had a good look at the kitchen if I could. If I couldn't start the day with a good feed and a drinkable coffee, I didn't want to stay there.

My memories are principally of hideously uncomfortable chairs which made it impossible to sit up and read, bad lighting next to the bed making reading in bed impossible, air conditioners that blew sub-zero air all night, showers that would not put out enough water to scare a cat, feezing bathrooms, bed springs dating from the 1930's, and the incessant roar of engine brakes from the semis going past.

But above all, the antisceptic soullessness of so many "modern" motels. Even the old and interesting places have been scrubbed clean of anything that suggesting life.

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