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    • Day 7

      Toowoomba Floods

      February 25, 2022 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

      Well, what a roller coaster these past few days have been!

      Van had to go back to Titan for the entire day on Wednesday, for all the faults to be fixed. There were about 20 things wrong with it - a brand new van! Astonishing.

      I'm struggling a little with things like; how can you tell the van is level? Both of the concrete pads I've parked up on, are both sloping. I do have a small level gauge on the electric jockey wheel, but the bubble seems to be stuck way up the top and never moves, no matter how much I fanny about with the legs! I'm hoping Pauline and Brigitte will know and will post on here what they do.

      Also, the water hose, which worked fine at the last park, is now spilling water everywhere from both ends. I've asked the fella at reception to pop down and help me when the rain stops. He said their water pressure is high, so hopefully it's that, and not me being a numpty (again).

      We went on our towing course with the RACQ, yesterday. Dick was rubbish at helping me back into tight spots, so had to learn to do it all myself.

      It is very much an art, that needs to be practiced over and over, because despite managing it perfectly 18 times on the course, do you think I could reverse the van into our spot two hours later, when I got to Toowoomba? Of course not. I was that idiot that needed two men to see me back in.
      I hang my head in shame.

      There's an almighty hill coming into Toowoomba. It's about 4km long. I thought I was being polite by tucking in behind a truck, but actually what I really needed to do was give it full welly and hog the right lane to avoid the trucks, as the poor Paj struggled with engine roaring for 4km at 40kmp/h, after getting stuck behind a slow truck.

      I clutched the steering wheel with white knuckles and verbally encouraged him on like he was a horse - and that's what got us up the hill. The Pajero is now having a well earned rest. As are Dick and I. We haven't managed to relax much since being on the road. But we're here at Toowoomba for 2wks, so plenty of time for R&R.

      However, the rains started yesterday and have not stopped since. We are parked at the very bottom of the site, next to beautiful lakes and a river....which has now burst its banks. Reception rang earlier saying they may need to move us, if it gets any worse.

      Maybe I'll get to practice my reverse parking skills again, and redeem myself? 🤔
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    • Day 11

      Toowoomba Contemplations

      March 1, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Musing No 1: Traffic lights. I had forgotten their existence. What a massive pain in the arse they are.

      Musing No 2: Mini roundabouts. The bane of the caravanner's existence. That new RedArc braking system is getting a thorough work out.

      Musing No 3: I have adapted to sitting out under the awning, in full view of the public and other CP patrons, in my pyjamas, far too easily.

      Musing No 4: The van is off to the local repair centre tomorrow, for yet more faults to be fixed. This is getting boring.

      Musing No 5: The mossies here are voracious after sundown. Vicks VapoRub is my new best friend - it's the only thing that soothes the bites. Must look into that new gadget that kills them before they bite, Thermacell.

      Musing No 6: Nine dead from these floods in south QLD. One poor old lady found dead in her house in Lismore. That makes me so sad, they all forgot about her.

      Musing No 7: Due to the floods, I have changed my travel route. The two parks I was headed to, are both on the east coast and under water. So, I'll now head to Warwick and Stanthorpe instead.

      Musing No 8: The GP here wants me to do
      a) a blood test (fine) and
      b) a stool test (not fine) she thinks my raging indigestion could be from bacteria in my stomach.

      I am 45yrs of age (I think), have attended awful murder scenes and gruesome fatal crash scenes, happily muching my breakfast as I work, without batting an eyelid.

      But one must draw the line somewhere. And in the immortal words of Sweet Brown "..ain't nobody got time for that."

      Video here for the uninitiated:

      Back to a diet of Gaviscon on toast, then.
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    • Day 5

      Day 5

      July 8, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Woke up this morning to rain on the roof not a drought breaker for Goondiwindi a few millimetres, got a way at 9 this morning a short run up the Leichhardt hwy and then onto the Gore hwy heading for Toowoomba, stopped at Captains Mountain for a cuppa and got into the Toowoomba Motor Village at 12 our home for the next 2 days.
      Had lunch and then went to the tourist info centre for a look got directions to the picnic point lookout, we had been here a few years ago with Sam and Maureen but it was completely fogged in not this time we had great views to the east over the lockyer valley, had a good wander around some off the walking tracks. Off to coles to pick up a bit of rump steak for the stew tonight, just chilling in the van with a drink listing to triple M country on fm radio, not sure why they don't do it home must think they are more country than us up here 😬😬
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    • Day 6

      Day 6

      July 9, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Off this morning to Brisbane for Teresa’s appointment with her naturopath, a nice drive through the Lockyer valley with all the veggie growing and then let the gps do the job to get us right into the city. We had to go into china town to pick up some herbal goodies and that took us around the Brisbane river frontage for a look and then we navigated our way back to the freeway to get us back to Toowoomba.
      A fantastic day here about 24 degrees, still cool at night no good for sitting outside without a fire.
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