A bit about us
Welcome to our mayhem!
We are John and Peggy Bright from Canberra, Australia’s national capital.
Poor John (which will be his handle forevermore) is a retired Australian diplomat and lawyer. He is long suffering and I force him to do all this stuff. Yeah, right! Check out the truth. He’s from Adelaide, South Australia. And he loves travel and adventure.
I’m a freelance writer, specialising in plain English for the Australian Government. I’m originally from Nebraska, but left the USA in 1976 because I won a scholarship to do my master’s degree at the University of Cairo in Egypt.
Poor John and I met in Cairo. After my degree work, I returned to the USA to lecture in journalism at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. A little later we hooked up again and got married in Ajlun, Jordan, in 1980. After that, we spent quite a bit of time in the Middle East—especially Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Our first daughter was born in Damascus, Syria. We also had a few years living in South East Asia.
This blog is mostly about our extended road trips, and the frills and events that go with them.
We’ve done a lot of time in cars, vans, trucks, buses, boats, ferries, horses—you name it.
We’ve loved our overland journeys in Africa (twice for both of us) and a Silk Road jaunt from London to Sydney (once together).
In July 2012, we headed to the USA for a family wedding. We flew to Dallas and then travelled by road from Texas to Oklahoma and then Nebraska for the wedding. From there we hitched a ride (with relatives) to Minnesota. Next stop was Canada and a train trip west across the country. We dropped back to the USA by way of Vancouver Island to Seattle. After that, we flew to Denver and then Atlanta. By early September we were in the Galapagos Islands. Finally we got to Quito, Ecuador, where we started a 4-month truck overland trip in South America. That amazing trip ended in January 2013.
Earlier in 2012, March–April we popped over to Western Australia. We gave ourselves about five weeks to drive from Canberra to Perth (and environs) and back. We took our new sleeping bags, comfy roll mats, a re-waterproofed tent, a camp stove and a new travel fridge. We left behind the amazing Graeme, who is still willing to mind the home base and dog in our absence. Thanks, Graeme! I wonder how many years we can keep imposing on him?
Last month, we drove from Canberra to Australia’s Red Centre and back. A childhood friend, Sherry, joined us on that 7000-kilometre expedition.
I’ll also be covering a lot of our other travels from the past, including ones made with our many exchange students. For example, Jean-Mi and I did a Canberra–Cairns round trip in 2000. We reckon that was another 7000 kilometres.
Other entries are likely to be about my adventures in the kitchen (or a campfire). I love to cook and love to collect cookbooks. You can check out my other blog—Cooking on page 32.
So drop in often. I do try to add entries regularly—depends on internet connections. Feel free to ask questions. If you sign up to follow the blog, you’ll get an email every time I post a new item.