Moving into the unknown
When does a groove become a rut? This is easy to answer from a literal, off road driving perspective- it is when the benefits of the grooved surface start slowing down the car because the underside is scraping along the surface. The groove became too deep from over use.
It is harder to answer this question when it is symbolically applied to our lives, working habits, careers or health...
Communication with external participants leads to far greater experiences.
I've always taken the approach that everyone can teach me something, and on this trip, where there were a great deal of unknowns, this philosophy was reinforced. Just a casual chat with a passer by can lead to a gem of information. We met a fellow traveller at Portland who was just returning from his own top end adventure. He had taken note of all the fuel prices throughout, which allowed me to plan our fuel stops to take advantage of the best prices! He was quite eager to share his knowledge with us, and as this was early in our trip it really made me consider the wisdom of Dale Carnegies teaching on letting others talk about what they know.
Another great example occurred through a chance conversation at a fuel stop at Erldunda......
Over Christmas, my family and I drove 6000km from Gippsland to Darwin. We didn't travel direct, spending 19 days and seeing a lot of Australia on the way! Here's some of the things I learned from the trip.
On a trip like this, you are in closer confines than normal for longer periods. This exacerbates the normal differences in the way problems are approached. Clear communication between participants is one of the ways to ensure harmony is maintained. When I assumed that my wife ....