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September 2012

Day 131 - Thursday 13 September 2012

Adelaide

We were back on the buses today as Di had an appointment at the hairdresser for 12:00 noon. While this was happening David had a wander around the camera shops, JB HiFi and Dick Smith looking at cameras and electronic gear. David has given up on his small compact digital camera and wants to go back to a full size digital SLR camera. After her hair cut Di wanted to look for shoes and clothes again so it was back to Myers and David Jones.

We walked past the London Pub and noticed that the Thursday Special was Steak, Chips and Salad for $12.90 so why not. The wine of the day was Pepperjack Shiraz so we had a glass of that as well.

Back at the caravan park we decided that a visit to BWS was in order to restock the cellar, and on the way back to the caravan park we called at the local post office to collect our mail but it had not arrived yet - maybe tomorrow.

Still no photos.

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Day 130 - Wednesday 12 September 2012

Adelaide

Happy Birthday Frosty! - now that you are an old fart you will be able get a Seniors Card to join us on the buses. In Adelaide Seniors can travel on the buses every day between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm for free. The bus stop is right outside the Levi Park Caravan Park and the bus drops you right outside the Myer Centre - what more could you want.

At about 11:00 am we caught the bus into the city and spent an hour or so wandering around the shoe shops and clothes shops looking for new gear. David bought a couple of Polo shirts but Di did not find any shoes. Di was also looking for a hairdresser and made an appointment for tomorrow so we will be back in the city again. We had a late lunch at a small restaurant in the Myer Centre before heading back to catch a bus before the 3:00 pm deadline. While we were having lunch it had started to rain - it was the first rain that we had seen since Geraldton on the 28th June.

No photos again.

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Day 129 - Tuesday 11 September 2012

Adelaide

We were up early this morning so that David could take the Navara to the Novus dealer for our second windscreen in two months. The replacement took an hour and a half so David walked up the road to the nearby shopping centre for a paper and a coffee. At $190 a windscreen replacement is actually a pretty cheap alternative to repairing stone chips at $80 each.

Back at the caravan park we had an early lunch then headed for the local Woolies servo for diesel and the supermarket to restock the pantry after a couple of weeks without access to a decent supermarket. We also went to the local Bunnings and Mitre 10 Stores looking for a small heater as Di is beginning to feel the cold - 18 degrees today and 16 degrees forecast for tomorrow in Adelaide - but without any luck as they think that winter is over.

No photos today.

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Day 128 - Monday 10 September 2012

Port Augusta to Adelaide

We left the caravan park at about 9:30 am and filled up with diesel across the road at $1.519 - its good to be back to reasonable fuel prices again! Today's trip was 305 kms spent mainly in overdrive as the country is fairly flat with lots of passing lanes. We stopped for lunch at the bakery in Port Wakefield at about 12:30 pm and arrived at the Levi Park Caravan Park at about 2:00 pm. The park is a Top Tourist Park and had been recommended a couple of months back by fellow travellers. The caravan park is located in the grounds of Vale House that was donated to the local community by the Levi family. The caravan park is surrounded by parks and gardens with lots of mature trees and is located within walking distance of the city, albeit about 5 kms.

Levi Park Caravan Park

Levi Park Caravan Park

Our camp site

Our camp site

Amenities block and gardens

Amenities block and gardens

Vale House

Vale House

Vale House again

Vale House again

150 year old Moreton Bay Fig Tree

150 year old Moreton Bay Fig Tree

They call this trickle the River Torrens

They call this trickle the River Torrens

After setting up camp for 9 days, David rang the local Novus dealer to have the stone chips in the windscreen repaired. At $80.00 for each chip they recommended a new windscreen at $190 provided we delivered the Navara to their depot that was only 5 kms away. We booked in for 8:00 am tomorrow and the replacement should only take 1 to 1.5 hours.

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Day 127 - Sunday 9 September 2012

Coober Pedy to Port Augusta

This morning David had a chat to our next door neighbour with his tiny tear drop caravan. He is eighty three years old and built his little caravan himself after his wife was admitted to a nursing home. The back flap lifts up to reveal a tiny kitchen with a stove, a sink, a fridge and cupboards. The front of the van has the sleeping area accessed through a small side door. The whole van weighs in at 300 kgs compared to our 2,900 kgs. His wife died last year so he is on his way to Darwin which he has not seen since his school days in 1939. Yesterday he travelled 900 kms from Gawler to Coober Pedy and today he is travelling 480 kms to Erldunda. We are not sure that we could keep up the pace!

The Minbago

The Minbago

We were feeling a bit grumpy today - we have three bad stone chips in our brand new windscreen and the Cats put in an insipid performance last night. We decided to give Glendambo a miss and inspired by our neighbour saddled up for a 540 kms drive to Port Augusta with the driving shared. We stopped for fuel at Glendambo and had a steak sandwich each to keep us going. We arrived at the Port Augusta Big4 Caravan Park at 5:00 pm to be told that the park was nearly full, but we managed to get a drive through site for one night so that we did not have to unhitch. Apparently Port Augusta remains the crossroads for the caravan set with Victorians now on their way home from the north and plenty of people still travelling north and west.

As we gave both Marla and Glendambo a miss we are now 2 days ahead of schedule. We rang the Levi Caravan Park in Adelaide and arranged to come in tomorrow rather than Wednesday - we will now stay in Adelaide for nine days.

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