Byron Bay

Trip Start Jan 16, 2008
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Trip End Jul 28, 2008


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Belongil Fields Campsite

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

We parked up in Byron Bay, the backpacker "promised land" in potentially the worst weather in its history. While Sophie was busy getting a free wash a Spanish couple turned up to ask if we could help them jump start their car. We looked around for a while eventually realising we didn't have any jump leads and therefore wouldn't be much use.
 
Quite strangely they set about pushing their van down the hill towards a roundabout full of traffic. A few minutes later they were back. They'd found some jump leads, parked on the roundabout and now required our technical know-how to get going. It took us the best part of ten minutes to actually find our battery which was eventually located underneath Rob's seat.
 
Irritatingly in order to reach our friends' battery we found ourselves parked up against the flow of traffic on a roundabout. Being in this slightly ill-advised location I was hoping their van would start quite soon and they'd go away. Not without some confusion we managed to get the leads connected and they tried a few times to start their hopeless van. Within a few minutes, sensing a mechanical problem, an Aussie in a Land Rover pulled over. The Aussie seemed astounded by our engine and called us and a passer by over. "Wow, I've never seen corrosion like that on a positive terminal", he exclaimed completely in awe! Quite.
 
He asked us to "fire it up" so our stupid Spanish friends tried their crappy battery again. "So you see, it's broken" we finalised. He looked at us as if we might be mad and told us very slowly, "You understand, don't you, that your van has to be on too otherwise your battery isn't on and their's can't re-start off a switched off battery."
 
We turned the van on, zipped back the right side of the road and took Sophie and her corroded positive terminals back to safety.
 
The rest of the day was drama free and spent fending off hippies in the dreadful weather.
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Head a few minutes out of Byron and you'll discover the eclectic village of Bangalow which is fast becoming a true artist & gourmet foodie trail. For accommodation try www.summerhills.com, a lush retreat when you're sick of backpacking or caravaning and want to treat yourself to something nice.

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