So where are we and what's happened in the past few days, ?
We left home on Friday, the rain was pouring down and it was freezing cold. We did not leave until after 10am but that left us time to get to our 1st night's target of Boorabbin National Park which is a nice camp site in the bush off the Great Eastern Highway before Coolgardie. We arrived around 4.30pm, there were 4 or 5 other vans parked up and we made our way into the bush, Vickie got into the van and immediately started the Webasto diesel heater to warm up the van it was going to be a cold night.
|Lunch Time Stop|
Not having any spare wheel nuts i used one nut of each other wheel, plus the spares gave me enough to have the wheel held on by six nuts. We drove into the town and checked with the local Mechanical and Tire workshop but they could not help. I made the decision to continue on confident that there were enough nuts on each wheel to make it safely. As things turned out my decision was correct and we had no troubles.
We have tripped across the Nullabour so many times, the last time we were with our mates Geoff and Vickie and we explored some of the caves and old Nullabour, this time the rain did not let up so we stayed on the bitumen and didn't do anything out of the ordinary. Our second night was spent at Baxter Camp where again the rain continued so it was out of the car into the van. Only one other Caravan came in and they went back into the scrub which i thought was keen considering the amount of slop around.
Third night was 20k's West of the Nullabour Roadhouse, we have in the past camped along the cliffs of the bight but this time choose to stay on the other side in the bush, a little more protected and again being so cold outside it was just a quick walk around and settle in the van for the night.
We are always glad when we come across a new camp site that we have not seen before and this time we very happy we chose to visit Tcharkulda Hut 4klm's out of Minnipa. We have visited and stayed at nearby Pildappa Rock a couple of times previously and enjoyed it but this was nicer. Apart from being not so far off the highway it had a lovely old cottage built in 1915 that was once a workers hut and then lived in by an aboriginal couple Tom and Tilly, today it is a welcome shelter for the many people who visit the area. Inside was a big fire place and a stack of fire wood, i soon had a nice warm fire going as we watched the sun go down. The Hill is not as high as Pildappa but the views are just as nice, the huge rocks had been worn down by thousands of years of erosion and made for some interesting shapes. What was also interesting is a small rock wall has been built around the rock to channel rain water off the rock and into a huge storage dam which became the original towns water supply.
|The Rock wall to divert water for the town water supply|
|Gas BBQ Supplied|
|Morning Mist Rolling In|
|Kimba home of the Big Galah and some delicious bakery pies|
|No Arguments, move off the road when these come along|
|Port Parham 'Beach'|
|Port Parham Free Camp|
I thought about the process of building our Van and i knew that i had supplied the wheels and nuts to BushTracker and Simplicity built the suspension which included supplying the hubs so i phoned Simplicity in Victoria and spoke to Richard. he knew exactly what my problem was and explained that they supplied the studs and nuts as it was cheaper for them to do that than source them from Ford, there lay the problem and also the fix. Richard could supply me with the nuts, i also ordered a set of wheel studs in case of any future problems.
Now it's just a matter of waiting, we also have a new stereo deck for the van chasing us across from the West, one that i ordered three weeks ago and unfortunately had not turned up in time so the seller had offered to post it to us, excellent service considering i had not yet paid for it.
So there we are, we have been in Adelaide one day, sorted out the wheel nuts and already visited the China Town markets in Gouger street where we had our Chicken and Rice, it was a family affair as Erin and Scott also joined us at our favorite Chinese Cafe. Not sure exactly how long we will stay, probably make the move on Monday and make our way on up to Queensland via Broken Hill and Bourke.
I forgot to explain why the nuts came off the Van, that would be because some idiot didn't check all the wheels after servicing the suspension. I have tried kicking the idiot up the backside but just can't bend and twist my leg up high enough to reach my bum. Oh well, live and learn i say ............