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Travel Tales: A spontaneous start to the road trip

I officially embarked on my road trip this morning from Sydney. Sometime last week I had decided that I would drive all the way down to Eden today and then start the road trip back to Sydney. I figured that would make it more interesting and I’d be closer to home getting back. So the one and only booking I had made for this trip was for tonight at a motel in Eden. I only booked it on Thursday night.

But remember how I said I wanted to be spontaneous? Well, turns out the universe was certainly listening to that bit.

I left Sydney at around 1030 this morning and stopped in Berry to hit the toilet and grab something to eat around noon. Around 1:30 or so, I hit Ulladulla — the halfway mark between where I live and Eden. As I gazed outside the window, I was struck by the beauty and realised it would be a great stop on the way back. A few minutes after that thought, I heard a police siren and saw the flashing lights of a cop car behind me. I pulled over to the side of the road wondering if I had been speeding. I didn’t think I had.

I kept my license ready while I waited for the cop to approach me. I wasn’t all that nervous because I really didn’t think I had done anything wrong and hadn’t had anything to drink so even a random breath test would see me safe.

Except when the cop then told me that as I’d passed by him, a my number plate signalled that my car registration had expired 3 days ago and had not been renewed. In other words, I was driving an unregistered vehicle.

I actually said “Oh shit! No way!” I told him that I hadn’t received any renewal notice from the RMS {I haven’t!} and weren’t they supposed to send me a reminder to renew my rego? He asked if I had moved house and I replied that I hadn’t and had been living at the same address the last 5 years.  He said it shouldn’t be hard to renew it after finding out my car is new and therefore doesn’t need a check and only requires a green slip. He took my license and went back to his car and this time around, I was panicking. I was close to tears wondering what to do given it’s a Sunday.

He came back with a fine. And I almost had a heart attack when I saw it. $600! He did tell me though to appeal it given my good driving record so far, the lack of any previous fines and well, the fact that the frigging RMS didn’t send me a renewal notice. He suggested renewing it online today and then embarking on to Eden.

So I parked in a safer spot, rang my insurance company and got my CTP done. They were very sympathetic and told me that apparently another customer of theirs had a similar issue and coincidentally, their rego expired the same day as mine. They also gave me a number to contact the RMS to renew my rego as apparently, to do it online I needed a billing number which is supposed to be on the renewal notice. Go figure! Anyway, to cut a long story short, I could renew it because RMS don’t have anyone answering phones on a Sunday. I took myself to the local police station where a constable spent half an hour with me trying to figure out if there was another way we could renew my rego. We couldn’t.

So I decided to stay the night at Ulladulla.

I rang the motel at Eden and cancelled my booking and told them I’d head there tomorrow instead. I went to the information centre and the lovely lady directed me to Ulladulla Lodge, a backpacker’s place. The equally lovely Lauren at this lodge advised me of some walks I could do in the couple of hours before dark. And I did. Enjoying myself thoroughly.

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I figured though I’d stay in for the evening and relax on the couch reading and maybe blogging. I feel the start of a sore throat. But apart from that I can’t help but feel amused at how life turns out. As long as I don’t have to pay the $600 fine, I’ll be happy. I don’t mind things not going to plan and I think it’s a sign that I shouldn’t be pre-booking any accommodation during this trip!

Here’s to living spontaneously!

And I hope to see you next from Eden! 🙂

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

 

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  • Zita
    18 May 2014 at 9:08 pm

    What an eventful (yet frustrating) start to your adventure!! Here’s hoping you get it all sorted tomorrow so you can get on with enjoying your trip!! Look forward to many more gorgeous pics of your adventure!
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  • vishalbheeroo
    18 May 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Lovely pics. Hope you can sort out things and appeal so that u don’t need to pay 600 dollars. Such things can be frustrating, I know. Keep positive.
    Cheerz
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  • simple girl
    19 May 2014 at 1:18 am

    Omg.. the pictures are gorgeous.. good luck with the road trip.. the start seems pretty spontaneous and good.. waiting to hear more.. 🙂
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  • Susan
    19 May 2014 at 1:57 am

    Lovely post! I love unplanned events too. Your photos are lovely and your attitude superb!

  • Smita
    19 May 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Lovely pictures and I love your spirit 🙂

  • Avada Kedavra
    21 May 2014 at 5:50 am

    Lovely pictures again PB. Sometimes what makes a trip fun is when it doesn’t go according to our plans. I hope you dont end up paying 500 dollars.
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