16 October 2015
First thing in the morning, we paid the gym a visit. The gym at this place is very well equipped with treadmills, rowers and more items. Too many to name, actually I don’t know how they are called. Next step was to check out the big heated pool. That was great and after a couple of laps and a nice shower, we thought we exercised enough and worked up a big appetite. Back to the “home”, having breakfast and then off to Maryborough. We had the idea to take our bikes but a quick tyre check made us change our mind. We left them on the back of Jimny and at the first servo we inflated the tyres. Maryborough has a Bunnings and that was the place to go since we had some problems getting the right adapter to connect the waterhose to the “home”.
Besides Bunnings, we visited Coles to top up our food supplies. In the afternoon the bikes got a workout, Yasmine washed the car and we had interesting encounters with some residents at the RV homebase.
15 October 2015
Some rain overnight and because the two top vents were open, a few raindrops managed to land in the motorhome and formed two mini lakes. No harm done since the vents were closed very soon after the rain started.
Morning thee was the first thing on our mind waking up early. We still had a good night sleep. Some other campers were already packing up and continued their travels. After muesli and corn flakes our journey headed further North. At the Forest Glenn turnoff we were looking for a business where the owner could help us to protect our precious asset.
Weather can be and is very unpredictable and hailstones the size of golf balls is not uncommon when things turn nasty. To protect the top of the motorhome, a business called Caravan Covers Australia has just the thing we’re after. We don’t like to have the roof dented and the solar panel destroyed during a hailstorm so, we pulled in at the “covers” and met Brain. After he explained the sort of cover we would get , he measured our “home” and gave us a quote for the roof protection. We agreed with the price and he told us that the cover would be ready in about 3 weeks. All sorted.
Up further North to Gympie we planned to have a coffee break but because the time we spend at the cover guy was a bit longer than anticipated, we decided that Gympie was a good spot to have lunch. Besides, we had a nice cuppa from the lady at the Caravan Cover Australia business. Much appreciated.
A few kilometres before Gympie I turned into a servo. The coffee had its effect (pit stop) and I remembered that Yasmine told me that the left rear tyres looked a bit deflated and may need some air to make them roll a bit smoother. I stopped at the “air” sign to inflate the tyres and discovered that there was no way I could fit the air nozzle to one of the valves of the double tyres at the rear of the motorhome. I tried but after cutting my arm I gave up and we decided that we drove further to our planned lunch spot. I rang the Talvor/Apollo people where we bought the Motorhome to get an answer as to how to inflate the tyres. After trying several different numbers I finally got Steve on the phone who told me that he had never heard of anything like that and he would ask around and ring me back. After lunch and no answer from Steve we drove off and just a bit further up the road I discovered Green RV. Green RV is a place that has everything for the caravan and motorhome traveller and I thought they might be able to help me out. One of the mechanics sure helped me out and discovered that the inner tyre was flat. A nice screw was imbedded in the rubber. He told m
e that the valves needed an extension so that valves of the inner and outer tyres could easily be reached and the pressure could be checked and the tyres be inflated. He couldn’t repair the flat tyre but referred me to the Bridgestone tyre people in Gympie. They helped us out. Tiaro Veggie Van
With all the tyres inflated to the required pressure we continued our trip to Tinana. To get our dinner and fruit we stopped at a veggie van aside the road just past Tiaro.
Kevin Leary of the RV Homebase place was busy at work but had enough time to welcome us and arranged a place to stay for 2 nights at the home base. Our allocated spot Nr8 was taken and we placed our “home” on Nr9 after we left to inspect the site where our future house will be build.
Unlike the camping place we stayed the night before, we didn’t have reception for TV so, out came the playing cards and with a nice homemade latte we played cards until it was time to lay our heads to rest.
14 October 2015
Today was the start of our new life. We sold our house and live in our motorhome for the next couple of months until the new house is finished. Some house-sitting in between travels, to make sure cats and dogs are looked after while the owners are out.
The A-frame to tow the Jimny is not ready yet so Yasmine is driving the Jimny while I drive the motorhome. Although we’ve lived about 23 years in the house and loved it, we left without tears, knowing we are ready for a change. Around 2.20pm, still loaded with lots of stuff in the car and motorhome, our first move was to the self storage place to drop off the last things like, TV, brush cutter and some other items we sure won’t need on our travels.
Along the Bruce Highway, at the Landsborough turnoff North of Brisbane is a spot well known to us. We’ve spent many coffee breaks there on our way to the Sunshine Coast or Noosa. The place has had some changes over the years but is still a nice area to stay overnight although there is quite some traffic noise. Some campers were already there and we found two nice spots to park the cars.