This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.


2004 Travels May 12


It rained solidly, all day today. The grey days and rain had vindicated our decision to leave Thomas River. It would not have been all that pleasant out there, in the wet, and we would have been limited in what we could do. I guess we were lucky to have it as nice as we did, at this time of year.

Before I could change my mind, John took us looking at generators! He struck a good deal on a new Honda eu101 1KVA one. Parting with $1450 saw us leave the shop with the machine, a container of Honda oil, and a spare spark plug.

So now we had a little red monster to cart around in Truck. Together with its fuel – it had a petrol motor, so we should have to carry a small container of that, which I did not particularly like the thought of.

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It did not take too much rearrangement of the back of Truck, to make room for the new gear.

After depositing me back at the van, John went off to see ARB about the Truck shock absorbers, which he was not happy with. He was pleasantly surprised when they replaced them there and then. He was so pleased that he could get it done at all, here – but was much less pleased at the expense!

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2004 Travels May 10


It was another grey and cloudy day.

Now, the van batteries were not getting enough charge from the solar panels. We had to run Truck for a while, and plug van to Truck, to put in some more charge.

I had been quietly sussing out the CALM group’s set up. They were running a generator to power a few things. I was impressed by how really quiet it was – sitting in the scrub between them and us. I managed to check it out – it was a Honda.

I told John that I was really fed up with this battery angst thing, as soon as we have a run of cloudy days. Power charging should not dictate what we were able to do! I told him he could buy a generator – a quiet one like the CALM people had! This was a real about-face on my part – having always been really anti-generator – and I don’t think he really believed me.

We had a quiet day today, due to regular rain showers. But we did manage a long walk along the beach.

As with much of the southern WA coastline, the diversity and beauty of the plant life was striking.

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A Hakea?

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Banksia “faces”

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Diversity of flora right by our camp site

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Another hakea?

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Native orchid and what might be a correa

It was becoming obvious that, if this weather continued, we would have to leave this lovely spot and go where there was grid power. Damn.