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Frankston to Shepparton via Braeside

Day 11 - Wednesday 21 May 2013

As we had organised a 12 noon checkout we made a slow start to the day, and David went for papers at about 9:00 am. We had a leisurely breakfast and started the process of packing up the Ute, before checking out of the caravan park at about 11.45 am. As we left the park we gave Phil at Trailblazers a call to check progress on our van - the message was to have a leisurely lunch and call in about 3:00 pm. We found the Frankston Life Saving Club and had a very nice lunch at Waves on the Beach Restaurant. Di had stuffed chicken breast with potatoes and broccolini, while David had a porterhouse steak with mash and steamed vegetables. A Hunter Valley Arrowfield Shiraz helped it all go down.

Di on the beach at Frankston

Di on the beach at Frankston

Waves on the Beach at Frankston

Waves on the Beach at Frankston

We arrived at Trailblazers to find that all the work had been completed and our van was ready to go. On the forecourt we also noticed Phil's new toy - a Mitsubishi 4WD Truck Camper. The camper comprises a slide-on pop-top camper and is a new addition to the Trailblazer range.

Our van in the workshop at Trailblazers

Our van in the workshop at Trailblazers

Phil's new toy - a 4X4 truck camper

Phil's new toy - a 4X4 truck camper

When the front of the van was removed to repair the hole that David had put in the nose cone of the van, Phil and the boys found the cause of the movement we had noticed for the last few years. One of the structural timbers in the front of the van had broken at a point where a knot in the timber had weakened the structure. Although our van was over 4 years old, Phil decided that it was a construction fault and completed the repair at no charge to us - Thank you Phil!!! - great after-sales service at Trailblazers. Our van now has a nice shiny new nose cone. They had also installed another power point, renewed the roof seals, and checked the brakes and repacked the wheel bearings.

Old nose cone

Old nose cone

Nice new nose cone

Nice new nose cone

We hitched up and were on our way at about 2:45 pm heading for the M3 Eastern Freeway. We exited the freeway onto Bulleen Road and zig-zagged our way to Greensborough where we joined the M80 Metropolitan Ring Road which took us to the M31 Hume Freeway. We joined the Hume Freeway at about 4:00 pm and continued north to Seymour where we turned off onto the M39 Goulbourn Freeway. We eventually arrived at the Shepparton Park Lane Big4 Holiday Park at about 5:45 pm just on dusk.

We have an en-suite site and did a full set up in the dark as we are here for three nights. We are getting pretty good at this set-up process and could probably do it with our eyes closed. We need a day to get properly organised now that we have our van back, before we head into outback NSW, and a day to have a look around Shepparton. The Shepparton/Mooroopna area on the Goulbourn River has a population of about 40,000 people - slightly bigger than Devonport in Tasmania.

Posted by TwoAces 17:46

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