“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”
– Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Well, I’ve done it again. I’ve turned my life upside down and am now living on a farm in rural South Australia.
Just over a month ago I hopped a flight from Canberra to Adelaide with the intention of going orange picking. Intentions are all well and good, but the best laid schemes of mice and men oft go astray. Turns out you can’t really plan that well to get backpacker work. One day someone will tell you one thing, the next, the complete opposite. Was there accommodation? Work? I was gambling with my visa requirements.
Fortunately I got to skip that whole circus when I, alongside my trusty Neuch companion, Matt, secured ourselves a last-minute job on a crop farm. We had a week to spare so, after a brief foray onto the Riverland where the oranges were picked and the wineries are visited, we headed to Kangaroo Island.
“On the road again, like a band of gypsies we roll down the highway….”
Kangaroo Island is an incredible place, sort of like a cross between Irish countryside and a Caribbean island. We clocked up hundreds of kilometres exploring the isle, literally from lighthoused-tip to lighthoused-tip. Adventure followed adventure.
Fittingly, I chose this time to read Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. A necessary read, but I wouldn’t say it changed my life– though Matt does tell me that standard is a tad high.
Time has spiralled by me this past month. Limited Internet and feeble mobile reception, has made communication and blog posting an interesting endeavour. Luckily SS&ND guest blogger Emily has been dishing out tasty words and supreme music selections in my stead. Isn’t she fantastic? Be sure to check out her past and future posts.
More details from the island and farm to come, I just thought I’d pop in and say hello to you all now while I had the chance. I stockpiled a bunch of great new music before leaving the land of free-flowing Internet. I know nothing about these guys, but I like the tune and thought it was pretty fitting for my last month.
“Adventurers” by Port Isla