10th Dec

10th Dec

Are you superstitious?

Time to explore. Set off up the Mount Poonery Track to Spear Creek. This is a first for us – we’re truly in the bush – no signs and no guides. We’re on an adventure. Over 11/2 hour climb and 3/4 hr decent this is what we saw.

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To say it was a great experience is an undersratement. The rock photos are 500 million year old fossils. The rather grim picture is of a feral cat – not a tiger- but they do grow large. Not something you want to meet at night. What is the white round thing on a rock – we think a fungus. But as I said to Ollie as he carried it could be the cocoon of a man eating spider!!

The various bits of piping are the original water source for Port Augusta 20K away.

if you get the chance come and visit Spear Creek caravan park. Totally different and Karen & Bill who manage it are delightful.

So that’s the good bit of the day. Return to the caravan for brunch. Open the door and it stinks. No, not of smoke. Trace the source – a boiling gas emitting battery. No wonder the Carbon Monoxide alarm went off yesterday.

We are so lucky – we closed the van up last night because of the “black measles” insects. We could have been asphyxiated.

Much deliberation – we are miles from anywhere. After discussion with Karen & Bill as well as Google we find a battery sales shop that is also an auto electrician. The battery is less than 7 weeks old!!!!!! Rob from Caravan Stuff who serviced the vehicle and fitted the battery,puts the ebbie jebbies on us, saying we need to get the Charger checked. How we think?

Time to refer to the manual – as usual bloody useless. There are fuses it tells us. It also tells us that the charger fuse is not accessible – can’t actually see if it has blown. How B stupid is that.

Take the charger and battery to shop as they do not have the time to come out – can’t test the charger because he doesn’t have the leads. Well they’re attached to the beep caravan is the retort. Tells us he has seen this many times before. The battery blows and he says the battery company says it is the charger (but he can’t test because he doesn’t have the leads) Then he says if we contact the battery company we’ll get our money back – by the way that’s after he sold us another battery!!!!!

if you are thinking as we were it may be to do with water in the electrics – we are told definitely not. The battery is in such a state that it probably started going wrong at least 2 weeks ago – very comforting NOT.

Things go in 3’s and then 7’s – we are now at 8 – actually 9 ( Liz speared her foot on the walk) bathed in TCP (can you remember the smell) Plus one more event makes 10 (not to mentioned to anyone – Liz suffered intestinal hurry) Wish we could make it 11 but guess there one more challenge to come. Thank goodness found it – Ollie’s watch. That’ another story for the next blog

 

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