Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Turning the page.

From the sublime to the ridiculous as the saying goes.

Had occasion to go camping in my dingy, my Suzuki. Fitting in all the bits required to sleep, cook and clean up was OK but both at once, no way. To sleep in the back and roll out a mattress and associated bedding required the removal of everything else. Then an extension to the cargo space needed to be concocted to get the flat length required. With the back door open, and a makeshift frame for a wet weather tarp in case of rain or dew. Lots of time required to set up and no security during the night for me or my belongings, not ideal. But it was a shake-down trip to see how/if it worked.

The plan: to drive from Cotton Tree in Qld to Tumut in the Snowy Mountains of NSW and then back again accommodating myself in the Suzuki whilst on the road.

Simple but effective if the weather permits.

Complete with bug net and surprisingly comfortable, for sleeping anyway.

It's mid-December and I headed off not totally happy but committed to the venture. Three nights on the road on the way down and one night on the way back and I'm over it big time. Mind you, I was dry every night even though it rained heavily on two of the nights. The Suzuki scooted along and was easy to drive but cruise control would have been nice, no scratch that, mandatory.

So now back in Qld and I'm considering it might be time to make some changes. Open a new chapter in my life, turn the page. Commuting up and down the east coast between Maroochydore and Tumut looks to be what I will mostly be doing for the foreseeable future. Not living on the road as before, but doing a couple of nights on the road type trips, every now and then.

Love that car but hey it's just not made for the job.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Maintenance and repairs 2020


Imagine sometime in the future... the conversation goes a bit like this. Hey Grampa how did you survive the 2020 pandemic? What did you do during the lockdown and travel restrictions to stay sane? Well, son, I refurbished my motorhome.

The work gets done at a local workshop, it's a team effort, the mechanic does all the spanner work and I do all the bill paying. It matches our individual skill sets.

Currently, the motorhome is still in bits, awaiting some other bits from the states, metal bits, not animal bits, but they have to go through quarantine apparently?

But the patient is progressing well she should be back together soon and better than ever. All that's needed then is; restrictions lifted, borders open, free travel everywhere. We'll have to wait and see on that one.

Had to take the front end assembly off to drop the engine out.

The cylinders, pistons and block are all good.

Both heads when tested leaked like sprinklers.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Bird of Prey

Wow, how things have changed in a month - COVID-19, but hey life goes on.

The MH is in the workshop with no indication of exactly when she will be ready for the road again. But as things stand there is no hurry.

So yep I'm in lock-down like the rest of the nation - pleased not to have found myself on the road at this time. I'm able to get out for exercise, bike riding and Stand-up Paddling are my preference. The weather here has been pretty good of late for both.

My accommodation here in Cotton Tree comes with a roof garden giving me a bit extra space to hang out in. It's complete with pergola and shade sails and I have a $20 inflatable swimming pool for when it gets really hot.

Of late I've noticed I've got a freeloader perching on a corner of the pergola keeping an eye out for fish in the river. This bird of prey seems not to worry when I walk past or stop to take a photo from just a few feet away and I feel privileged to be able to be this close.

I added an extension to his perch so his poops go over the side


Not everyone is happy Ol' Mate is here!