This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

2002 Travels April 22

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MONDAY 22 APRIL   ASPLEY

At dawn, heavy rain set in, teeming down, as it does in these parts.

To our horror, water started pouring down through the seam across the van ceiling, just along from our bed. And I mean pouring! It certainly got us out of bed fast. There was much mopping up with towels. We dropped one end of the poptop roof, to try to encourage the water to run over the roof, not soak down into it, wherever it was doing so.

As the van had never leaked before, we could only assume that this was something else associated with J’s work! It was like single-handedly, he’d ruined our van for travel!

The rain eventually ceased and things dried out. The ceiling leak subsided to a few drips, then nothing.

The solar man turned up, as promised, at 11am. His judgement was that we should have had 2 120W panels installed, not the 2 60W panels that J had put in. We arranged that he would come on Wednesday and add 2 80W panels – that would make 4 up on the roof!

He was also not certain that our two batteries hold enough capacity. In any case, he said they were cheap Korean copies of good ones. I was pretty certain that we’d paid J “good one” prices for them, though!

We were, despite ourselves, fairly favourably impressed by this man, and hoped our faith was not misplaced, this time.

We went for a walk around the streets, later in the afternoon, for some exercise.

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