It's a BIG country !!
291 DAYS TO GO !!
|Drooping the trailer off at Barry's|
|Trying the spare tyre for size|
|Photos in the sunshine|
|Gidget stickers on the car|
|Ashton putting stickers on|
|Loading Gidget on the trailer|
After thinking about it, I decided I would have to wake Ashton and get him to bring a trolley jack over so we could lift the nose of the trailer - But Ashton was not to be roused, so I had to go to plan B. Although I have a bottle jack, it was buried deep under everything in the car, so I decided to try my hi-lift jack, since there were a couple of places on the trailer where I could insert its nose, even though it would not be very stable. It is a big heavy thing, but eventually I got it unbolted from the spare wheel carrier and got to work, although my first effort just resulted in the nose of the trailer moving sideways 6 inches ! Then I found the jack wouldn't go down ! Eventually I dug out a can of WD 40 and gave it a liberal spraying - It was all the dust from a couple of trips around Australia that was the problem. Eventually I got it all working, and then got my wheel chocks out of the storage area in Troopie and chocked the two trailer wheels so the trailer would no longer rotate on the sloping side of the road when I lifted it. And very gingerly I slowly jacked the nose of the trailer up, keeping my toes out from under the bars !
Success - Eventually ! I finally managed to lift the nose of the trailer enough to then reverse the car back under it inch by inch (so I didn't bump the trailer and knock it off the jack), and hitch everything back up. The jockey wheel still worked, but I had to use an adjustable spanner to raise and lower the wheel, and I needed to do some quick repairs to the wiring so I had some rear lights and indicators. At which point the phone rang - It was Ashton asking if he needed to come over ! I told him to relax in bed on this Saturday morning - I was all done ! And about an hour after it had happened, I was on my way again, although for a while every speed bump was treated with utmost respect. Right, 3000 kms to go !!
|Sunset the first night|
|Crossing the Murrumbidgee|
The next morning I saw one of the most magnificent sights I have
|1941 Ford Coupe|
|1934 Ford Tudor|
cars together, a triple road train pulled up - Full of camels !! Does that make it a Camel Train ? Haven't seen that before either ! Then it was back on the road amongst all the other cars, and eventually they all turned off west to go to Uluru, while I continued north to Alice Springs. eventually arriving at about 3 pm.
|Safely unloaded in Alice|
I then finished covering the armrest storage area I had made, and fitting that into the car. It will need
|Armrest storage box|
|Intercom unit mounted|
|Fitting rally stickers|
the driver's side was fine, but because the passenger door has been shortened to accomodate the raised exhaust, there wasn't enough room for the entire sticker. I therefore cut off the bottom part and moved it forward. I then added a couple of extra Beyond Blue and Cancer Council stickers on the rear wings, as well as our Facebook link.
The itg foam filter hadn't been oiled yet, but with the dusty conditions expected this week, I did this and refitted it. I then moved to the boot. The boxes that I had previously used for parts had proved unstable in the boot when on rough roads, despite being strapped down, but the canvas bags I had purchased recently turned out to be exactly the right size, holding 6 of the boxes. We are not there yet, but we are slowly getting there. I do not think we will be able to pack everything we will need for P2P, but we are heading in the right direction.
The hotel car park is slowly filling up with some interesting cars that are taking part in the Rally this weekend - Mustangs, Mercedes, Volvos, as well as more modern rally cars. Several of them are also doing the P2P next year, so we will be touching base with some of them, and of course looking for ideas as we inspect their cars !
Rest of the pics are here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/W5Sdf5UEcGFEPr1A9