Recharging the Batteries

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
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Trip End Feb 26, 2011


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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, September 17, 2010

I woke at about 5:30 as normal when it started to get light, The lady woke at the same time needing the loo and declaring herself "hungover" she was adamant she was not leaving but I wanted to hit the road either before the ranger arrived but with no clean pots and pans etc, no ability to boil water and as the lady decided we were leaving to a powered site, with hot showers and some form of laundry near Hervey Bay, I wanted to get the driving out of the way so I left with Erica illegally asleep in the back. Down the dirt paths of the free campsite it was more than a little rough and she was out of the back declaring she would never touch export strength gin again (I'm still a little confused bearing in mind she had 1 G&T, then knocked mine over gave me of her second one then declared herself drunk and went to bed).

Anyway she fell almost straight asleep for the drive to Hervey bay, a location that is brilliant for whale watching and the access point to Fraser Island (we still don’t know if we want to go to Fraser but certainly want a day of chilling out and checking through the options). We drove through Bunderberg which I wanted to see just because of the way really broad Aussies pronounce it filled up with the bargain fuel from Woolworths and continued Southbound. On the drive it became apparent we had finally found our way into Australian wine country having seen several signs to vineyards. We also found yet more changes of scenery and a wonderful town called Childers, just another really quiet peaceful and pretty town. We finally arrived at Hervey bay and Erica finally woke up we found the cheapest powered campsite we could settled in, started to recharge our defunct appliances like laptops, camera batteries, Ipod etc, put on the washing did all the washing up and decided to start addressing the blog again while the lady went back to sleep declaring “I will never drink export strength gin again”. We only realised when a man drove past saw us messing in the sink area of the van at the back and shouted “what is for breaky” we realised it was only 10:15.

Whilst the Lady was fast asleep in the van I did the blog, dried the washing, put it all away and sat and got some sun chatting with many of the grey nomads on site, they really are a friendly bunch. After a noodle pot for brunch I finally managed to get the lady out of bed at about 14:30 and we went up and down the esplanade, through town picked up a few bits from the supermarket and headed back so I could put on an own brand version of sausage tonight with some new sausages (its pretty much sausages or chicken thighs every night). I cooked enough for two nights so I didn’t have much to do tomorrow. The lady has only had about 16 hours sleep so I’m sure I may have a day when I’m not doing jobs on my own all day (oooohhhhh shes going to beat me again).

We took full advantage of the power and sat in the van and watched some films on the laptop something we thought we would be able to do every day here but unless you are staying on powered sites nowhere has available power sockets. Never mind we are still loving our time in Oz and really into the campervan lifestyle. The only other thing of note is that Erica can’t believe just how many people I know on this site people are driving past shouting “happy travels Andy”, I have also had a woman taking pictures of the van and spoke to a spitting image of Columbo (that got Erica’s attention) who as he was leaving I managed to ask “just one more thing.....” it was actually should we bother going inland but as a big Columbo fan I needed to get that classic line out there.
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