Grand Pacific Drive:Wordless Wednesday

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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6 Responses to Grand Pacific Drive:Wordless Wednesday

  1. Where is this? Reminds me of the drive down Big Sur, along California’s central Pacific coast – Sea invading the land, mountains plunging into the froth, highways daredeviling off the edge. God made the temptation, we built the toy.

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    • Love your description. This is on the road south of Sydney between Stanwell Park and Thirroul. It used to be a treachorous road with parts of the cliff frequently falling and squashing cars and their occupants. They came up with this road as a solution so the rocks drop between the cliff and the road. I imagine when the seas are big it is probably quite spectacular and perhaps a little frightening but better than being clonked on the noggin.

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      • What a clever solution. Bob and I talked about rock slides while we drove through Big Sur, and wondered how – if – anyone could survive one if it happened while it was on the road. I’m going to send the California road crew over to your land Down Under to see how it’s done.

        Big Sur, BTW, has several very famous bridges along the route. some of which are architecturally spectacular, though nothing competes with the ocean crashing on the rocks, the elephant seal sunbathing on the beaches, the birds reeling overhead, and the forests snaking up the mountain cliffs.

        On the drive that day, we noted several road crews fixing parts of the road, bogging up the traffic. And one large crew hauling up a car that had driven over the edge. The road is narrow, twisty, and dangerous as hell, and many drivers go at unbelievably fast speeds.

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      • Big Sur was on my list until I read the road is narrow, twisty and dangerous as hell. I might have to content myself with your description of seals, snaking forests, soaring birds and spectacular bridges. Yes send over your engineers and stow away in a suitcase.

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