This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

1999 Travels March 22

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MONDAY 22 MARCH     HEALESVILLE

John had phoned the Landrover dealership a couple of weeks ago, to book Truck in for a service, today, and to get the new roof rack that Landrover is supplying under warranty. This was arranged back in Qld.

So we had to get up really early. Left Healesville at 6.45am, to get Truck to Frankston for 8am. There was – being early peak hour – lots of traffic, so it was not a pleasant drive.

At the dealer’s, there was a mix up and initially they said we were not booked in at all. Not what we needed to hear! Then it got sorted out. Their courtesy car took us to the town centre.

We wandered the shops for a while. John bought a computer game – Alpha Centauri. I spent some time browsing in Myers. We ate lunch at a Greek cafe. At Lincraft, I checked out their Hardanger materials. Much looking through the day, but little expenditure – good!

V phoned us – on her mobile phone – so we found a public phone and called her back. She will come out to Healesville, to lunch, tomorrow. It was great to hear from her. She has been tripping around, visiting friends at Tallangatta and Rochester.

We walked back to the Landrover dealer’s – a decent walk. They say we have to bring it back later, on Thursday, to collect the new roof rack and have it fitted. Seemingly, it was beyond their powers of organization to have arranged this beforehand! That was not news we wanted to hear! While we were there, we paid the insurance on Truck, a rather hefty $850. That was on top of the $620 that the service cost. This is not a great time for bank accounts!

Drove back to Healesville in busy afternoon traffic.

After a more substantial lunch than we usually have, tea was soup and toast.

A tedious day! The round trip to Frankston was 195kms.

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