Off to a bad start - on Friday, 12 May 2017.
I left the hostel around 8ish and headed down to the trailhead. I towed the trailer but en-route I made the decision to have a shot at pushing it as I was really struggling with the weight / balance. After the obligatory pics I went to have a big breaky at a Café recommend by a friend of mine…… Yeah, good recommendation, it was shut and would open tomorrow morning!!! Thanks mate……
I stopped at the trailhead on the way back and fired up the mapping program, OziExplorer, none of my maps loaded…. None….holyshit I thought, don’t panic, they were there yesterday. Power down , power up, nope, power down, remove SD card, power up, insert card, TANAH, all good! Much relief in the Melville camp!!
I headed off and had breaky at a little Café en-route. From there I headed to the hardware store to pick up a couple of bolts for the solar panel. Upon arrival I pulled the release on the MW, I wasn’t quiet ready for the release and the whole bloody thing hit the ground uncontrolled. This resulted in the LHS handle tearing the aluminium and completely stuffing it. BUGGA, I thought……….. It was pretty catastrophic to say the least and I’m thinking “Well fu”K me, this looks like a carry on from that bloody motor bike! “
I was bloody determined that I would at least get out of town so sat down and thought about it. The solution turned out to be dead simple so I set about fixing it, I mean, let’s face it, I was out the front of a hardware store!! 3 hours later and it was as good as gold! Pics will follow.
So, all fixed, however it was now 4 pm ish and I had decided the load was too heavy. I tried to get a room in the hostel but no luck so I camped at a caravan park next to the PO as I’ll send Anthony my cold weather gear tomorrow.
Whole day was a bit of a non-event as far as the big start off really.
Daily distance ; 1.3 Km’s