I guess I’d been prepared for how long the journey was going to take because of all the conversation with the logistics company before we actually got the car on the road, however, it always surprised people that the journey Lucie was embarking on started in Auckland on September 1st and didn’t end in Melbourne until October 9th – a grand total of 38 days, or 5 weeks and 3 days.
This is essentially because Miss Lucie went on a Pacific cruise!!
Of course, it started with getting dropped off at the depot, and again, many thanks to H & M and my dear old Dad, for dropping her off… (a convoy of 3 cars were involved)! Dad taking Lucie’s wheel for the first (and last) time.
She was loaded onto the Trans Future 7, a vehicle carrier and all I needed to do was follow along her progress on the marine traffic website!
From Auckland she headed south to Christchurch, Wellington, and Nelson, when she tracked north for Japan and the ports of Osaka, Nagoya and Yokohama. Finally she made her way south to Australia and points at Brisbane, Sydney (Port Kembla), and finally, her last stop, here in Melbourne.
Needless to say I tracked her progress pretty closely (amazing that you can follow along the journey of any registered ship on a site like Marine Traffic and posted regular updates for my friends on Facebook. Surely it must have got boring for them… I was as itchy as heck counting the days away for her to arrive…
Of course, she duly did with the Trans Future 7 making port on October 9th. Needless to say she wasn’t ready to pick up there and then… more hoops to jump through, more dollars… but that’s a story for another day…