It’s been a very busy few weeks for us. After the Gympie Show and RSPCA Million Paws walk we headed off to Springsure for the show there. It was not as straight forward as we’d hoped.
Had a great trip as far as Rockhampton where we stopped for a pantry restock before we headed away from the coast and decent shopping!
We left Rockhampton later than planned but wanted to make Duringa so we could stop for a couple of days before heading to the show. We drove about 60 km’s before we lost all power to the accelerator and glided to a halt on the edge of a very fast though not busy road. We put out our warning triangles and then lifted the floor to check the engine … there was fuel on top of the engine and none in the tank!
We didn’t have to wait long before a friendly motorist pulled up and asked what was wrong. When they found we were out of fuel, they siphoned some out of their tank and put it in ours! They wouldn’t even accept any money for it!
Not knowing how long the fuel would last we decided to make the first safe stopping place and spend the night.
It was not a fun night at all … with road trains driving past about 2 meters away going 100 km’s an hour! The bus would rock with every truck!
In the morning, Mike hitched a ride to the nearest town to get 20 L of fuel and some drinking water (in case we had to stay another night out of town). They guy who picked him up also bought him back with a chocolate bar for each of the kids!
After putting the 20L into the tank we drove the remaining 20 k’s or so to “town”. There was no one there to fix the issue as it’s a very small “one horse” town, so we put on what we thought was a temporary fix and drove to the next semi decent town (Emerald). We limped to the Springsure show then back to Emerald.
As soon as we could we booked the bus in to be looked at by a diesel mechanic who spent about 30 minutes, replaced two washes and said it was fixed and charged us $165!! We dove to the gas station, filled her up and headed to the playground to exercise the kids and dogs. Mike lifted the floor only to find the leak was NOT fixed, and was in fact worse! He phoned the mechanic, told him the problem to which he replied, “we are closing in two minutes and as tomorrow is a public holiday we will not be open till Thursday!!” I forgot to mention we had to be at a show 600 km’s away by Thursday afternoon to set up ready for the show to start on Friday!
We put a call for help out on our Facebook page and within a short time someone PM’d me saying their dh was a diesel fitter and could come round and take a look in the morning for just the cost of any parts needed! True to their word they were knocking on our door before I was even up! It didn’t take him long to FIX the problem.
So with just two day to go we headed off to Winton. It was a great show and people were very positive.
Click on the link below to see the video we put together of highlights from our first performance. The spectators are a bit thin but there we not many people at the show by then … the last performance on the last day was MUCH better.