Eagles fans begin long trek to the 'G
The road to the MCG on Grand Final day is paved with adversity, desperation, blood, sweat and tears - and we don't even have tickets to the game.
It's lunch time on Monday, which means this 9NEWS crew has exactly five days to drive 3500 kilometres to Melbourne before the ball is bounced in the 2018 decider between West Coast and Collingwood.
The Magpies have started the week as favourites but that's "rubbish" according to Glenda Anderson, who's stopped for fuel in at the Tammin road house, 180 kilometres east of Perth.
Glenda and husband Don have been West Coast members for 15 years and made the same road trip to the 'G in 2015.
"It was so busy that year, we struggled to get accommodation and some nights wound up sleeping on the side of the road," Don said.
Much like Jack Darling, the Noranda couple's 2018 campaign is all about redemption.
They tell us they won't be making the same mistakes and point out their 1982 Coromal caravan.
"It's older than the Eagles themselves and doesn't have frills. Just the stove, cold fridge, some Crownies and a bed," Don said.
Coach Adam Simpson preaches "continual improvement" and like the players, these fans are on board.
The Andersons were happy to share their advice for first time road trippers like us.
"Take it easy, the MCG isn't going anywhere. Allow yourself rest breaks, swap drivers, stay safe," Don said.
With the wave of an Eagles scarf and the toot of a horn, the Andersons are again eastbound with their 36-year-old caravan in tow.
Only 3380 kilometres to go.