The second sign had me daydreaming for a while. It was a highway sign, with the distance to various destinations; Esk, Toowoomba, Roma, and Darwin - 3437km. Made me just want to keep driving. Darwin is one place I've always wanted to visit but I'd never considered a road trip before. For the next ten minutes I was calculating distances, time required (most of the trip would be through the swirling void known as The Outback)and cost. Then reality came crashing back down, as it does.