Day 4 Tuesday 18/6/19, Murray Bridge, intermittent showers 14˚
We slept well last night, perhaps it was exhaustion after a long day that was peppered with a lot of stress. Being quite a distance from town we catch a cab to Bridge Motors to see what the verdict is on the car. The mechanic shows us a burst coolant hose which he believes would have been hard for anyone to spot when servicing the vehicle. The car? Well that should be ready this afternoon. We breathe a sigh of relief.
Toothless and his Missus are back in town and head for our caravan park. The Prado’s need to buy a new gas connector hose for the BBQ and Elle’s new TV must be attached to its arm. Afterwards we adjourn to the caravan park to do a bit of washing but now Toothless is looking forlorn. Their bathroom hatch has blown off. We spend a relaxing afternoon, talking about where we’ll head for tomorrow, watching Toothless on the roof picking out the old silicone and fitting the new hatch (he’s the handy one of the lads). I grab the uke and tinkle a few tunes, Elle is doing the washing and trying to get a decent signal on the new telly as we’ve got 28 channels and she has only 1. At the edge of the park there are houseboats moored on the Murray and pelicans hover overhead. There’s nothing like the feeling of being on the road on a lay day. The phone rings, ripper the car must be ready for pickup…
…the blokes at the garage can’t get the old girl started and suspect a cracked head, they certainly aren’t able to repair the car in the 3 day timeframe outlined by the RACV. Deflated, we contact the RACV Total Care folk and start the process of getting ourselves home. We used their service several years ago when we broke down in Rockhampton so we understand how they’ll get us, the car and the van home. With heavy hearts and a few tears we have a noisy farewell dinner in the camp kitchen and knock off a couple of those bottles of shiraz that we bought in Great Western and an extra large cheese platter to reduce our fridge contents as we’ve all got groaning fridges in readiness for the desert leg.
Summary Day 4 – 0kms, Power, Toilets, Showers, Water, Camels = 0, Car = 0. From celebration to commiseration.