I wanted to be on the road by 5am which would allow us around two hours spare in case of a flat tyre or some other inconvenience.
The kids were woken with smiles on their faces as they were really excited to be heading back to Thailand. I was impressed that it was only three minutes past five when we pulled out from my brothers farm just as dawn was breaking.
In the end it wasn’t flat tyres that were worrying me it was the weather. As we hit the Northern Territory border the heavens opened and for the next hour we crawled along at around 60 km/ph struggling to follow the white lines on the road.
The many small creeks were quickly rising and quite a few were running over the road although only a few inches deep. Eventually our luck ran out and we came across one which was a bit over two feet and rising. It (the luck) quickly changed however as a road train arrived on the scene within minutes. The driver yelled out to us to drive as close as possible behind him in his wake which very quickly saw us through. After that the rain soon stopped and we were fine for the rest of the way to Katherine where we had lunch.
From Katherine to Darwin we had more storms but no problems with creek crossings and we arrived at our friends place in Palmerston with 45 minutes to spare before we needed to go to the airport.
My friend Dave is also married to a Thai lady so this 45 minutes was plenty of time for some Thai food to be cooked up which brought a huge smile to Seerung for the rest of the day.
We drove our car to the airport where Dave then took it back to his place where it will stay awaiting our return.
The kids just love flying so the trip to Denpasar (Bali) was a blast for them although it became all too much for Marisah who fell asleep just as we began our decent and remained asleep until we were clearing customs.
Our pre arranged taxi was waiting for us and we were quickly whisked away for our 12 hour bali stop over at the Casa Padma Hotel & Suites.