Getting up before 6am is a pain, but there is no point in sleeping when you've got to get up at 6.15am anyway to get ready for a road trip and start picking up people. So tired as I was, on Friday 19th December, I managed to get to Roger and Elizabeth by about 7am and Michael before 7.30am. At least we all live the same side of Melbourne! Getting to Euan's took longer than expected, and we finally arrived by about 8.30am. Then we had to get to Shaun's house, where he and Andrew were. Ugh, that was a fun journey. I have no idea when we left Shaun's house for the start of the journey, but it had to be close to 10am!
Going to Adelaide is all well and good, but if you don't have a map, it's a little harder to get there. The Melways didn't help, being only a map of Melbourne. This is where Whereis Directions came in handy!
All you do is:
- Select your departure address (Melbourne, VIC, By car without tolls)
- Confirm your departure address
- Select your arrival address (Vardon Avenue, Adelaide, SA)
- Confirm your arrival address
And voila - a map (and directions!) on how to get there!
The actual driving was somewhat simpler than the directions (the Western Freeway you travel between Melbourne and Adelaide changes names, which confuses Whereis), but having a copy of this saved me from having to buy a map of Adelaide! (And I avoided all of Melbourne's CityLink tolls, to boot!)
It also gives a handy estimated travel time on it's chosen route - approximately 10 hours from Melbourne to Adelaide and a total of about 700km!
Being a new driver, and a P-plater still, I gave up driving at Horsham (our lunch stop for the day, before the Victoria/South Australia border) with a sore back and shoulders, and lovely Elizabeth took the driving over. And she drove the rest of the way, and we finally reached Adelaide by 7pm (that's 6:30pm, Adelaide time!)
Collapsing then and there would have been nice, after we got into our nice apartments and picked which apartment and which beds we wanted. But no, we all had to eat and then attend Simon's party, not to mention to wait for those lazy people who flew!
Dinner was indeed followed by drinking when meeting some of the Adelaide players. It was good to finally meet two of the Brujah players I'd been communicating with over email for ages past, and to see Kristian again!
The next day was good, with decent weather as opposed to the rain that we'd had Friday night. It was sunny and hot. I wanted to go to the beach, but apparently there were too many who didn't want to go near water or something, so we ended up going to breakfast and then to a park instead. Adelaide is a very quiet place, I've got to say. It was a nice, lazy afternoon. Sleep would have gone down well, but...
No sleep as that would mean not getting to go to the Camarilla game that evening! It was entertaining, I've got to say, though I didn't actually get to talk to too many of the Adelaide characters. (Maybe next time Kathleen, my character, will be happier and act more like her normal self! Ah, well...) I shouldn't write about the game itself, as that might spoil it all for others who should find out ICly, but it was fun! I even got to help ST as some bad guys, woot! That was a first!
And finally to the pub again! Though I was soooooo tired by then, I only had a few drinks. But for some reason, I decided to stay up way too late anyway, before Michael decided to drive us back to the apartment. I've no idea when the others returned, but it was while I was fast asleep, I can tell you that. I knew I couldn’t survive the trip home on Sunday without sleep.
So yes, we had to leave on the Sunday. By the time everyone was up and ready to leave the apartment, it was midday. I was told that a number of people had eaten breakfast already (before going to bed! I believe the term is 'Softer than Mandy and Elizabeth'?) and that Euan had gone. But we all went off to eat brunch together before we all had to go our separate ways. And so some time early afternoon Michael, Roger, Elizabeth, Shaun, Andrew and I set off on the drive home to Melbourne.
I guess leaving so late in the day was a bit of a silly idea, but we all made it home safe and sound, despite being sleep deprived! And after dropping Michael home, then Roger and Elizabeth off at their home, I finally managed to get home at 1.30am on Monday morning, 22nd December. (I swear, next time I'm going to fly...) I'm not telling everything, of course, as what happens on the road trip stays on the road trip!
But the main thing was that I enjoyed it! It was good to go over and meet new people and play together in real life, not just in email! So thanks to all you guys in Adelaide who let us join in on your game, and thanks to Ross as ST for putting up with us all! You never know, we might be back one day...?