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Tue, Jan. 4th, 2005, 01:17 pm
Trapped in Tamworth!

Well, the best laid plans of mice and men...

We started having radiator problems and pulled into a rest stop in Willow Tree to investigate. In the process of checking, the radiator cap broke due to excessive corrosion. Now, I suspect many of my European and American readers don't appreciate just how sparsely populated inland Australia is, but we felt pretty isolated there. After some angsting over our situation and coming to the realisation that the only thing open in Willow Tree was a pub with an unfriendly publican, ristin cobbled together the remaining pieces of the radiator cap and we hoped to limp ahead to the next service station. Some seventy kilometres later we found one, and purchased a replacement radiator cap and some coolant. Thinking our engine problems solved, we continued on our way, still hoping to make it most of the way to Brisbane that day, but it was not to be. Fodi (my name for Ristin's car) seriously overheated on the second Moonbi hill, some thirty kilometres out from Tamworth. In spite of our dire circumstances, we felt grateful to still have mobile phone access from there and Ristin called AAMI to arrange for towing back to Tamworth while we holed up in a motel. Fodi is in the garage now, hopefully being repaired even as I type. If it gets done today, we hope to push on to Brisbane tomorrow. (Not that there is anything wrong with Tamworth--it is a respectable regional centre--but it suffers from association with New South Wales and the Tamworth Country Music Festival.)

We would have had Fodi repaired sooner than this, except that we had decided to start the road trip just before New Year's Eve, meaning we had to wait for the public holiday on the 3rd of January before we could get him in to a service station.

We also visited Tamworth's Marsupial Park, but I would advise other explorers not to do the same. We saw some Western Greys there but not much else of a marsupial persuasion.

Tue, Jan. 4th, 2005 05:04 am (UTC)

Now, I suspect many of my European and American readers don't appreciate just how sparsely populated inland Australia is, but we felt pretty isolated there.

If it's anything like parts of Eastern Kansas (where there is nothing but miles and miles... for miles and miles... and it's ALL FLAT!) i can understand. My grandmother visited Australia on one of her and grandfather's first trips after they both retired. Her comment was that it looked "too much like home". ::grin:: SO... i suspect that you were VERY LUCKY to find a service station that could work on the car.

Hope the REST of the trip goes easily and well. ::lights a candle to Quan Yin for Safe Travel::

the kendermouse

Tue, Jan. 4th, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC)

Looks like you may have the makings of a new movie. Just need to get into some more scrapes.
"Fodi, Queen of the Desert. :)"

Wed, Jan. 5th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC)

Damn, that sucks....

Hope they are able to make Fodi happy again......without a huge price bill *winces in thought
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Wed, Jan. 5th, 2005 07:10 am (UTC)

As in Brisbane? Woohoo! ^_^

(I took the bus down from Brisbane to Byron Bay - a beautiful ride - and after continuing to Grafton, took the train down to Sydney. Probably the right decision - pretty fast, and still gave some scenic shots on the camcorder. Now safely transferred, in the last few days, to DVD-R! Next comes the challenge of editing it all down into something watchable.. certainly some sights to be seen, but not, for anyone else, necessarily six hours' worth :)

Needless to say, if it were a choice between being finally together with one precious to me, and editing hours of treasured memories, I think I could be persuaded towards the former. ^_^ Congratulations. *hug!*

Thu, Jan. 6th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)

Where do you live, Porsupah?

Thu, Jan. 6th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)

Yay! Home in one piece! =) *snugs*

When are you wanting to have dinner?

There's DDR of some sort, at some time, at Replay in the city tonight. I actually have no idea of the specifics, but let me know here or call if you wanna go (and drag the coonyboy along) and I'll poke Stephen until I get the details. He'll be home by 6 ish or so.


Thu, Jan. 6th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC)

DDR! I'd come along, if I wasn't in Quebec right now! ;-)

Thu, Jan. 6th, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)

Whatcha doing over there?

Fri, Jan. 7th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)

*giggles* I live here. I'm French-Canadian. <:-) I spent 70 minutes tonight shoveling snow. :-P

Thu, Jan. 6th, 2005 08:21 am (UTC)

We're still too tired to go DDR'ing tonight, but thanks for thinking of us.

Thu, Jan. 6th, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)

We saw some Western Greys there

Western greys! They're sooooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuute! :-D~~~~~