Wednesday 4th May 2005, (Bagara).

We are now at Bundaberg having arrived yesterday. We have chosen a park at Bargara about 14k east of Bundaberg on the coast. This seems a very nice park and we are already talking about staying here for a second week instead of going to Rainbow beach or Noosa, but time will tell. Linda has a reasonably variety of shopping within a few minutes walk, and any type shopping at Bundy.

I am a little disappointed with TV reception here. Transmission comes from Maryborough, a fair way away, but my research indicated signal should be very good. There is a large tree in line with reception that could be affecting it, but one analogue channel is almost non-existing. Digital reception is acceptable with a strong signal level and good quality, but quality intermittently drops to a level to cause distortion, again it may be the trees?

It is very noticeable lately that we are back on the coast with having regular rain. This is a change for us, as we haven’t seen any since we left the far south coast of the big island.


Tuesday 2nd May 2005, (Gladstone).

Here it is a week after getting this machine out to put down a few words, and where has the time gone. We haven’t appeared to do much while here, but we haven’t had any spare time as such. We did have one day’s sightseeing to check out Lake Awoonga about half hour from here. There is a caravan park there that we had heard about that we wanted to have a look at for future reference. The whole area was actually quite impressive, with several very scenic points and many picnic areas. We must stay there when we return to the area, but I did think the caravan park was a little expensive at $22.00 per night.

I finally finished my building of the solar gear and battery dischargers. The solar panel actually turned out quite successful: It is only good for about 50 m/amps, but that will almost suffice for its intended purpose of trickle charging the car battery. It is also very successful as a charger for the cordless drill so I can see it will be used for that regularly.

We are now packed and ready for a move tomorrow to Bundaberg, so more from there.