Tuesday October 15th 2013 was our day of parting and finishing this trek. A happy/sad mood was present as we loaded up bikes, bags, memories and thoughts into our own little spaces and places, separating what was going where and with who. At this point some were going to Wang, some to Melbourne with a stop in Charlton and one was staying here at his Mildura home.
We packed, fueled and said 'see ya next year', and 'all the best'. Special thoughts and best wishes went with Scotty for his up-coming wedding to Lacie. Leaving Mildura at 0930, Wang got home around 5.00pm. Charlton was in our sights at 12.30, and we got to the centre of Melbourne at 4.00pm. Last one home was Ferg who had to take the train back to Warrnambool from Melbourne; he got home at about 10.15. Everyone home safe and sound.
Our reflections over the last day or so were similar; what a fantastic trek. We had well-made plans and preparations, but they went out the door almost from day 1. However, even when it looked bleak and we thought we would not get to Maralinga at all, we were able to persevere, adapt and overcome. Considerations for the future are that this is the Chuck Wagon's last trek. We have asked much of the wagon over the years, probably too much and certainly this year way too much. Planning on 'New Chuck' was starting already.
To conclude, TTT4 - Ground Zero has been our hardest and best trek so far. The amount of stuff that happened, the places we went, the things we saw could not be repeated. We hope that this website shares that experience with you, but alos that it inspires you to chase your dreams. You can sit around and think and talk about things or get out and do them. We are doing them, and t