Head out on the highway
Looking for adventure
In whatever comes our way"
from the song Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolf 1967
All over Australia the last stragglers are going back to school today after the summer holiday break. And all over Oz this signals the grey light - when retired Baby Boomers hitch up their caravans and their boats and hit the highway (while they still can), tapping their toes to the tunes of The Easybeats, Chain, Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, the Beatles, the Stones, Hendrix, Dylan and possibly Steppenwolf as the endless vastness of Oz is "blowing in the wind".
"The Grey Nomads", as they are called, pump a lot of money back into our economy - getting petrol and supplies at remote inland whistle stops, buying camping and boating gear - longer surfboards, even. So next time you overtake a couple of old timers on the highway, give them a wave.