Friday, July 15, 2022

Cotton Tree - Ducks

It has been 14 weeks since returning to Cotton Tree back in April. Not a record but becoming tedious. The plan was to get to Townsville for The Dam Fine MH rally late in June but delays in the supply of bits and pieces for the MH put paid to that. Now things are coming together and those pesky ducks are starting to line up. The open road is nigh.

Managed to repair and or replace MH parts whilst here in Cotton Tree. The performance of front end shock absorbers can easily be overlooked whilst driving as their effectiveness reduces bit by bit. But a quick under body inspection is a give away and driving with a brand new pair is immediately noticeable and appreciated. I also had to the replace the blower motor in the cabin heater, not an easy job. Shocks and blower motor had to be sourced from the states so that always takes time. I took advantage of the layup to have both of the windscreen, split screen, glasses replaced as well.

A new awning had been on the cards for a long time. It surprised me the lack of commitment with a local supplier, in this case the awning guys. 4 to 6 weeks was the estimate, after 8 weeks I'm annoyed. Excuses but no apology. In the end I think they were referring to me as that pushy motorhome guy.

In between getting the MH ready for the road Cotton Tree proved to be a good spot to be hold up. The weather has probably been better than most anywhere further south with less rain and no flooding. Being on the coast probably helps with flooding, well until the oceans rise. Walking, bike riding and occasionally climbing Mt Coolum has generally kept me occupied.

The Sunshine Coast Council is again shifting beach sand around because of the erosion caused by tide, wave action and storms. Replenishing the groins and beach sand never seems to stop but its interesting to watch and forms part of my daily routine of walking the beach.

Before the latest replenishment of the groins.

Replacing the bags.