We had spent the weekend with mates in Badgers Creek Caravan Park in Healesville prior to us leaving on the first leg of our ‘big lap’. It was a very ‘nose cold’ night but we slept in until 7:15am. It is around zero degrees. Brian leaps under the shower and there is only a trickle of water. After racing about to check the taps he decides on a quick ‘bush shower’ under the trickling shower. Then it is my turn and guess what? There is barely a drop left. We hadn’t filled the tanks at home expecting to keep our weight down until Healesville and now there is nothing left and there is a burst water main out on the Don Road. Much to the annoyance of the ducks, the park managers are kept busy flushing the toilets with buckets of water from the swimming pool.
At 9:30am it is time for the big farewell, we double check the rig then there are kisses and hugs from the gang and we’re off! It’s a lovely morning for a drive and we go across the ridge to Yarra Glen and on up the Melba Highway to Yea.
We intend to free camp at Bowna just south of Holbrook but of course we have no water. We pull into a highway rest area and fill our plastic jerry can with 20 litres, easy. Then we try pouring it into our tanks and end up wearing most of it, so much for the easy pour spout. At this point we switch to Plan B and decide on a van park so much for trying to save money on fuel by travelling with empty water tanks.
We later learn that a cheap 12 volt shower pump quickly converts to a light weight water pump and our water woes are over.