This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

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2000 Travels November 27


It cooled down somewhat, during the night.

After breakfast, John set to work again on the van brakes, with me as “gofer”. He replaced the electrical plug on Truck, having found much mud and gunk in the plug, and a broken wire on “Aux” which he decided was the brake wire.

However, the brakes still did not work.

I wondered whether an incident back at Dongara, just before all the problems started, might account for all this. When we were setting up there, while everything between the Truck and van was still connected, John plugged the 240V power into the van. Normally, we would have disconnected the electrics between Truck and van before doing this. I wondered whether it had somehow affected the controller unit?

In the end, John called the RACV and they in turn organized for the WA RAC to come out to us. The man could not do much on site, but said we were to take the van into their repair place tomorrow morning.

So we may not get all that far tomorrow, depending on when (if) the work is completed.

I felt that I had done very little, in over a week in Perth and Kalgoorlie, except hang about while John fiddled with all this stuff. It had been boring and, in a sense, a waste of precious time.

I suggested that John ring Trakmaster and get the number of his auto electrician, who we know knows about electric brakes, then phone him and try to talk through diagnosis and repair on the phone. I was thinking it really needed a caravan specialist, not these provincial generalist mechanics. John was not keen on this idea, though.

He did, after checking our Truck manual, phone the Landrover dealer in Port Lincoln, in SA, and booked Truck in for a service. We have decided to go stay at nearby Coffin Bay. By then, Truck will be a little overdue for its 120,000km service. It would be too much of a stretch to wait till we got home.

We drove to the centre of town and walked around a little, admiring the grand old buildings we could see. Kalgoorlie really does have some wonderful architecture dating from its boom gold rush days, from the 1890’s. It was rich in gold, and that shows in the buildings.

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One of Kalgoorlie’s grand old buildings

We drove to the Super Pit, where gold is still mined. Apart from alluvial surface finds, the earlier mining here was via shafts. Now, the Super Pit is a huge open cut mine. We watched operations for a while. The Pit is on the edge of the town, but there are places where it has consumed former streets. Its size is hard to conceive of!

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The Super Pit

That was the extent of our tourist activity here!

Tea was gazpacho, steak, mushrooms, broccoli. followed by fruit.