Tuesday 20th August.

We haven’t been able to do any sightseeing yet, not that we had any plans anyway, due to mechanical problems, so here is the story:

I had a small job done on the car at Townsville; replace the fan belt tensioner, as it was suspect noisy, by a mechanic by the name of Kenny’s. Further into our travels from there to Rollingstone I was experiencing overheating problems until I found the radiator fans were unplugged. I guess it was them that failed to reinsert the connection, so needless to say I won’t be using them again. Further again into our travels, up till Mission beach, I experienced trouble running on gas so we have been running on petrol until reaching Cairns. A check on the gas problem revealed a coolant leak in the gas conversion chamber that was, as told by the expert, a direct result of the overheating problems. This is at present not a happy chappie, and intends telling them what I think when next in Townsville.

I rang an old workmate, Hoss, on Sunday as he is supposed to be in the area soon, and it turned out that he had been in the area for a week, and would you believe, staying in a park about 2-3k away from us. They have since left Cairns and are doing a lap of the tablelands. They will be back in Cairns next week so we will catch up with them then.