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    Default ARCHIE'S ROAD TRIP - 1675kms to Cairns...

    Hello All,
    This is Archie finally posting about my road trip to Cairns.

    My IT Contracting job with KBR finally wrapped up on Tuesday. The KBR Project Boss and my State IT Manager took me out for lunch and it was really nice. Unfortunately the economic climate is such that instead of simply slotting into the next project.... I am going to need to find the next job myself! Oh well..... that is what you get after 15+ years of economic boom! At least there are some great second hand bargains in the market place!

    The road trip to Carins is 1675kms according to my Garman - that is Brisbane to Cairns. I decided to do a road trip instead of flying for a number of reasons:-
    1) It allow me and the family (wife and 2 young kids) to enjoy the country side.
    2) Our 2007 Honda Accord has only 21,000kms on it.... that is after 18 months of ownership. I really love this car and a road trip is a good way to appreciate the car more.
    3) I don't trust airline staff with my LOUIS VUITTON luggage. My KBR Project Boss (who is an absolute "nice guy" has an airline horror story with the Richard Branson airline "Virgin Blue" - whoever names a business "VIRGIN" is really a sexual deviate....) had serious customer service issues and I can image me losing my cool if my LV Bistern 65 was damamged.
    4) It allows use to have a car to use in Cairns.
    5) It allows me to have a good mental break after being on a project for almost 3 years.

    I decided to take the following Louis Vuitton pieces:-

    Bistern 65 - Suitcase
    President briefcase - using as a suitcase for the kids
    Diplomate briefcase - using as a Jewellery case for our watches/jewellery
    Serviette Fermoir briefcase (softcase) - using as a reading bag - magazines, books - I just got the book "Vintage Luggage".
    Randonnee - swimming clothes bag/towels
    Petite Noe - other kid related stuff
    Nice - wife's perfume, creams and stuff
    Bucket bag - in car stuff
    Damier Alma - dress bag for entertaining
    Speedie - More kid stuff

    I decided to take the following jewellery pieces:-

    MENS
    Rolex DateJust 2 tone with diamond dial
    Brietling Navitimer fitted on a bright yellow Italian strap
    Omega Speedie Pro fitted on a 1171 bracelet
    Cartier Personal line clock
    Cartier Tank Clock - I need to drop off to the Cartier Boutique as the previous repair was not up to standard - It needs to be returned to the Customer Service Manager.

    LADIES
    Rolex DateJust 2 tone with Ivory dial
    Rolex President 18K Solid gold with diamond dial and diamond bezel (in case we need a torch!)
    Tahitian Peal necklace
    Tahitian Pearl/diamond ear rings
    Edwardian Diamond/Emerald/Gold bracelet

    I have decided to break the trip up....
    Day 1 - Brisbane - Rockhampton
    Day 2 - Rockhampton - Townsville
    Day 3 - Townsville Cairns

    Accomodation:-
    Day 1 - Travellodge Rockhampton
    Very middle class motel at AU$135 a night. Nice and clean at all..... TV faulty (volume too soft).... hot tap either VERY HOT or off..... Only 1 lift! - this is so annoying!
    I would give this motel a 6 out of 10.
    Very lower middle class.

    Day 2 - Townsville Casino
    Jupiters Townsville - Home
    This is a 5 star hotel. At $145 (ok - I am sneaky and asked for the discounted room rate! - GFC and all) it is excellent value. A step above the previous night. Hotel is a little tired and is very 80s in design and fittings! (But hey.... I loved the 80s - greed was good then!). Had room service bring up a few wood fired pizzas and they were fantastic.
    I had to explain politely to the baggage boys that NO I did not require assistance. I mean I am carting AU$28,000 worth of LV and the jewellery in the LV Diplomate is AU$80,000. I don't want anything damaged / lost. Those boys are so nice..... but I just want to transport this stuff myself. Sorry.

    Day 3 - Carins Hilton.
    I really love a quality hotel. This is like the difference between a Chevrolet and a Cadallic! Both are GM products but 1 makes you very proud!
    I WILL ADD MORE ABOUT THIS HOTEL ONCE WE ARRIVE!

    Luggage being packed for start of road trip - this is what we took.



    After 3 hours of driving it was time for lunch....


    Townsville Casino - 5 Star experience
    Last edited by archie42; May 29th, 2009 at 09:14 PM.

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    Default PART 2

    WE HAD A BIRD STRIKE!

    Driving from Rockhampton to Townsville at lunch time..... I set the cruise control to 110km + 10km police allowable extra! = 120kms per hour.....

    Then a wild bush turkey ran out in front of the car..... As instructed at all times.... DO NOT SWERVE OR BRAKE TOO HARD!

    Unfortunately the bird went to its maker..... feathers everywhere.....
    I thought no damage.... BUT .....once I was refuelling the true extent was revealed....

    1) Large bend in bonnet with paint broken.
    2) Feathers on front and in engine bay.

    Oh well.... that is what insurance is for! The wife and kids are all ok so I am happy.

    I will post picture very soon.

    I photographed my Honda on the morning of the road trip - as I just fully washed the car!
    Now .... it has a big dent in the front!

    CAR 20mins BEFORE ROAD TRIP. Just cleaned for the Road Trip!


    Just after the bird strick....


    Damage (after cleaning car to remove feathers/blood/marks)
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    Default PART 3

    CARINS PHOTOS

    Carins Hilton - 5 Star Luxury
    The Cairns Hilton is getting a wee bit old however I still love this hotel. Located in the city heart/luxury heart on the water and with a forest growing in the middle of the hotel!
    Pictures are needed to describe this hotel.....
    We stayed at this hotel just before we got married in 2005. I have always had a soft spot for Hiltons!

    Lobby


    View from our room on the 6th floor



    Forest in the heart of the hotel!




    LOUIS VUITTON CAIRNS - WE LOVED VISITING LV STORES!



    INSIDE THE STORE - they very nicely let me take a few photos. I purchased the LV bible and a small accessories pouch for my darling wife.








    My purchases.... ALL VERY NICELY WRAPPED! 1st class service!!!



    Cairns is a 2 Tier Town..... LV / Rolex at 1 end.... and Seiko at the other....
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    Default PART 4

    TOWNSVILLE

    Jupiters Townsville Casino - think James bond 80s Style! (Rodger Moore) - Not Ashton Martin.... more clappy out Toyota Crown!

    The Townsville Casino used to be called the SHERATON BREAKWATER CASINO when it was opened originally in 1986 (by Sir Joh). It is now owned by TAB corp - of horse racing fame. It is sad to say but the hotel has gone from being a "PREMIER HOTEL" like the Melbourne Cup is a Premier Horse race to being...... argh.... A tired old girl with as much class as a dog race (Sorry - but true).

    The Hotel needs a refurbishment urgently (her salad days are long gone and past)..... HOWEVER many things are just a case of laziness....

    A few examples:-
    1) Whilst using the pool the stereo system was cranking out Commercial FM Radio Station Rock..... if you want ambiance you need to either pipe out ABC FM Classic or Classical music. Whilst most of the staff have probably never stayed (when travelling) in any accomodation beside a caravan park, you need to create a mood of upper middle class ambiance. Rock music is low class and is not recommended.

    2) The toilet system in the rooms/bathrooms sinks. The air hole in the bathroom allows odors and smells to fill the bathroom. This is really quite putride and can be resolved with a $5- product called "DRAINO."

    3) The laser printer in the business centre (free for quests to use) needed a laser toner cartridge replacement on our 1st visit. On our 2nd visit a week or so later.... printer cartridge had not been changed yet. This is just sloppy and slack. Either remove the laser printer and don't offer printing.... or fix the dam thing.

    4) The difference between a good hotel and a truely great hotel is a very fine line. My wife forgot her Gucci sunglasses in the hotel room on our first visit.
    A bad hotel steals any items left behind and denies ever seeing them.
    A fair hotel holds onto any items left behind and will return them if the guest asks.
    An excellent hotel rings the quest before they have even realised the item was left behind.
    Jupiters Townsville is only a fair hotel using the above rating system. This is what makes guests super loyal..... and costs very little.... AND UNFORTUNATELY YOU MISSED OUT ON THE KUDOS !

    5) You need to inform your baggage handlers how to treat genuine Louis Vuitton. I am talking about $30,000+ worth of bags here.... I relented and allowed your staff to help me with my LV on 1 occassion..... What a mistake..... Young man - do you realise you are holding 2 months salary in 1 hand there? Please tell your staff that the reason I don't want there help is for 1 simple reason - My luggage is worth more than my car and I want it to last for years..... SO PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH IT! Comprohendo?

    6) Mattresses only last 5-10 years max. I suspect the mattress in Room 1413 is the original 1986 placement. Thanks for the really shitty night sleep.

    7) I also suspect some of the items in my mini-bar are also ex-1986 original hotel fitout. Please tell me I am wrong.....

    8) Fix the dam SPA!!!! IT WAS FREEZING! Spa's are supposed to be HOT! I suspect the spa has not worked properly since 2004, especially as only 1 noozle was working. Tell the pool guy to stop chatting up the bar staff and do this job properly! IT WAS A DISGRACE!

    Townville Casino - A tired old girl


    Pool Area




    I love LV in luggage carts....



    In the Room - Townsville Casino




    View from our room



    Last edited by archie42; June 7th, 2009 at 05:54 PM.

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    Default Re: ARCHIE'S ROAD TRIP - 1675kms to Cairns...

    I don't know Archie, if I was on a road trip with my family I would rather be spending time with them then posting here letting us know what bags you took and what jewelry is in them.
    But that is just my opinion.
    But why in almost every post do you have to put how much your items cost???

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    Default Re: ARCHIE'S ROAD TRIP - 1675kms to Cairns...

    you hit a turkey? that is CRAZY I would be so scared. it must have been big to leave such a dent in your car!
    Now on a BAN!

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    Default Re: ARCHIE'S ROAD TRIP - 1675kms to Cairns...

    PICS ADDED!

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    Default Re: ARCHIE'S ROAD TRIP - 1675kms to Cairns...

    I love the book + accessories pouch Archie!

    wishlist..
    .sofia coppola monogram
    .vernis alma mm in pomme d'amour
    .artsy mm
    .python galliera pm
    .monogram galliera pm

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    Default Re: ARCHIE'S ROAD TRIP - 1675kms to Cairns...

    Gorgeous pics, Archie! Looks like you had fun - minus the turkey.

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    Default Re: ARCHIE'S ROAD TRIP - 1675kms to Cairns...

    Omg you hit a turkey! Wow, it's a good thing there wasn't any serious damage and your family is okay.!

    Also, really love the LV photos

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    Default Re: ARCHIE'S ROAD TRIP - 1675kms to Cairns...

    Great pics Archie!! Sorry about the car incident.
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    Default Re: ARCHIE'S ROAD TRIP - 1675kms to Cairns...

    I love the patch accessories...it's the cutest!
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    Default Re: ARCHIE'S ROAD TRIP - 1675kms to Cairns...

    Wonderful pics Archie! That's really nice that the bell hop liked you LV collection. It looks like you had a lot of fun, minus the turkey incident. We have wild turkey here too. There was even one roaming around in my neighborhood one day and we live right in the middle of town! I have no clue how he got that far in without getting hit by a car.

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    Default Re: ARCHIE'S ROAD TRIP - 1675kms to Cairns...

    I just added some more Townsville pics above.... also a very good review on the Townsville Casino Hotel.....

    PLEASE ENJOY!

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    Default Re: ARCHIE'S ROAD TRIP - 1675kms to Cairns...

    I thought it was ASTON MARTIN... Not Ashton Martin?
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