Australia’s ‘gray nomads’ forced to put the brakes on travels
10:58 PM EDT, Tue May 12, 2020
Reunited and on the road: Last year, Australian "gray nomads" Dan and Val Atherton reunited 23 years after separating and hit the road together. Nine months into their big lap around Oz, the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic and the couple was forced to race for home, caravan in tow.
Courtesy Dan and Val Atherton
Mad dash home: "The mad dash home was a no-brainer for us," says Val. "We made the decision together, and left with just a few hours notice." For the following 10 days, Val and her husband Dan drove across Australia to get home, stopping only to refuel and sleep.
Courtesy Val Atherton
Trip of a lifetime: Last June, Colleen and Russ Lines sold all of their belongings and left Brisbane for the trip of a lifetime. "You don't know what's around the corner," Colleen says of the decision. "We wanted to see Australia while we can."
Courtesy Colleen and Russ Lines
Interstate travel ban: Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory have all closed their borders to non-essential travelers.
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Road to recovery: Dan and Val Atheron traveled around Australia with their caravan for nine months.