|Roger and Veronica Elmitt 2010
Now that we are home and settled we would like to say a big thank you for guiding, helping and encouraging us through the very enjoyable 4 tours with you culminating in Cairns September 2009.
As you know we were very green when we originally met you both at a show in McCallum Park in late 2006.
We were coming up for retirement and had plans to travel through Australia. However, we were very unsure of where we wanted to go, what to see and the mode of transport. You inspired and reassured us!
By Christmas 2007 we were ready to start planning, purchasing and preparing for the Big Tour. We were starting right from scratch no vehicle, equipment, experience! We had decided to do the first 3 tours (as we could not make up our minds which Tour not to do!!) with an option on Tour 4. We thank you for your patience and invaluable advice during the next 6 months as we worked towards the off-day at the end of May 2008. To do the Canning Stock Route first off was a big ask but, you having checked out our vehicle and equipment and assisting by supplying menus and provisioning advice we were ready and confident for the Outback adventure of a life time.
The 3 tours (CSR, Kimberly and Red Centre) of 2008 were challenging, highly enjoyable and very interesting. Needless to say, it met (and often exceeded) all our criteria for safety, adventure and satisfaction in exploring our vast country. We would not have been able to visit the variety of places in the time available if we had undertaken such a trip on our own we did not have the confidence.
In retrospect, we took the right decision in not doing the 4th tour and, as agreed, postponed it until the 2009 season. When we joined you in Port Augusta for the start of Tour 4 to Cape York we had traversed the Anne Beadell Highway (something we would never have dreamed of doing before) and met up with other Tagalong'ers for the longest Tour. Here again the route and timing allowed us to cover a considerable distance and take in all the sights with the added bonus of going to Thursday Island.
Now, having traversed Oz from side to side, top to bottom, highest to lowest, visited all States and Territories we take this opportunity to thank you both for guiding us and encouraging us to achieve the goals we had set ourselves from our first tentative meeting with you back in 2007.
Would we do it all again? You bet.
Were there any regrets in going with Tagalong Broome? None whatsoever.
Would we recommend it to others? Definitely, give us a call.
Having completed the 4 Tours, which was the best? Each had its highlights. If pressed we would say Tour 1 the Canning Stock Route.
John and Sue, many thanks to you both from us (including Priscilla) for your patience, understanding and invaluable advice and for putting up with our idiosyncrasies, cooking challenges and climbing urges!!
We wish you good luck for future tours and you may use us as a reference should anyone be in the same position as we were 3 years ago.