Is it ever going to stop?

Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
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Where I stayed
Port Hedland Golf Club

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

After a glorious day and afternoon on the beach yesterday I feft absolutley fantastic, re-charged and ready to attack the road today. After a last walk with the dogs, I packed up and thought I had better check the transmission liquid...Hello! Can't get the bonnet open. Now honestly is this a joke or what? I fiddled and pulled and pushed but nothing would budge, the latch just wouldn't engage and there was no way of opening it. The man in the next van to me came over and asked if he could help and I said " yes please if you can". We both tried for another few minutes but to no avail. I then suggested taking what is left of the gard off to see if we could reach it better. So he got a screw driver and started unscrewing, that was a waste of time, the stupid gard wouldn't budge either and as the hose to the cooler was tied to it he didn't want to cut that off just in case we couldn't get it back on again. So it was back to square one, put the screws back, take off and hope and prey that I get to Port Hedland without running out of fluid. I can only assume that the panel beater in Broome must have moved the latch accidentally while hammering and pulling and as I hadn't needed to open it before now was totally unaware of this latest disaster.
The weather was overcast so that made the conditions a little cooler both for me and the motor.
I made it safely to Sandfire Roadhouse approximately 200kms down the road, where I checked the level and all was good.
Back on the road and on to Port Hedland. I was planning on stopping off at Pardoo Homestay, similar to the one I had just stayed at, as it is also on the beach, but on reflexlion it was another 13kms of rough dirt road and I after considerable thought convinced myself that it would be silly to contemplate another off road trip just in case something did happen. Safer on the main road.
Driving along I could see signs of civilisation approaching, kms and kms of power poles, more than I have seen so far this trip. These poles reassured me, as it was getting late...again...and Port Hedland was not far away and I needed to reach the information centre before they closed to find a dog friendly caravan park. Typical I got there too late, but they did have maps outside which I glanced through and found a couple of numbers and called. No luck, but they suggested I call the Golf Club...Weird...but fair enough they do take vans and dogs. So here I am parked in the car park of the Port Hedland Gold Club, listening to Xfactor with on ear and writing at the same time...Not too many photos along this stretch 
 

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