Adelaide

Thursday 27th February, (Adelaide).

Well Linda has been put on the plane for her journey to England. She is at present at Melbourne staying overnight at Annette’s and boarding her overseas flight tonight. I have now been on my own for a full day, everything is ok as expected, and so far I have had no trouble occupying myself but a week or two will tell.

I had a journey to the caravan show in town today and came away a little flustered. After looking at some vans and prices, I found one almost identical to ours and after seeing the price, $36,000!! left with the thought of what would happen if the worst was to happen to our van only being insured for $23,000. I know things have gone up in price over the last few years but this difference is just unbelievable. This only leaves me with the thought that we must reinsure our van for an agreed value which would come close to this new figure, but where does one find this coverage apart from the last insurance company we enquired at and were unsure as to whether we should swap to them.

Before I went out today I offered some assistance to another traveller with light troubles, and hope I haven’t gotten in over my neck. It seems as though he has dry joint problems that he could have caused himself and these are the problems I would rather not get involved in. It is probably too late now to worry about it so we will see what happens tomorrow when we have a look at it.

Adelaide

Sunday 23rd February, (Adelaide).

The bus ride has been put off until tomorrow as yesterday was overcast and threatening to rain and we were not going to get wet.

Our trip to St Kilda today was almost a waste of time; it did fill most of the day in. The tram we were seeking was not there so we figure it was taken to Canberra. This will give us something to do when we visit there again. We decided against going through the museum as it was rather small and only had a small collection of Adelaide only trams, and we are going to go for a ride on the Glenelg tram tomorrow anyway.

Adelaide

Wednesday 19th February, (Adelaide).

We have now moved to another park, Levi Park Caravan Park, just a little northeast of the city centre. We heard a few derogatory stories about this park before we left the last one and have decided once again that those incidents must have been personal dislikes on their behalves. We have only been here for the half a day and I personally feel a lot more peaceful and content here that I was at Brownhill Creek. I guess the main reason is that the vans are parked with a lot more in close proximity than the other and this gives one a better opportunity to mix with other campers. Like Brownhill, the sites at this park are also made of a gravel surface, but the type gravel here is of a completely different grade, and small rounded stones, and is much more suitable and conducive to safely placing our carpet on. There are, as I said, more bike tracks here and I am going to make sure I put them to full use. We also seem more central to everything we want to go to or see. The surprise is that, being a big4, this park is slightly cheaper than Brownhill so I think that I will settle in here quite well.

Friday 21st February, (Linda’s Birthday) , (Adelaide).

Just as well we decided to travel here on Wednesday as since we arrived it has been raining, no pouring, and yesterday they recorded the highest rainfall for a February day for 30 years. It seems we are experiencing quite a few maximum and minimums of weather types during our travels; perhaps they were right saying we upset weather patterns when we travel. Hopefully this now might mean the end to the drought, in South Australia anyway cause I don’t know how much rain the other states got. I am not quite sure how bad the drought situation has been in SA because since we have been here there has been no indication of any water restrictions, and I did even ask at Brownhill.

We had planned to trip around on busses today, stopping now and then to have a walk around, but the rain put an end to that. We will now do that tomorrow as the forecast is clearing up, and for today we decided to go to St Kilda, 20K or so north, to have a look at the tram museum. We think that the old Launceston No1 was bought be them from Linda’s father and moved here so it would be interesting to see what state it is in now, but when we arrived there we discovered that they are only open on Sundays and public holidays. That is now something to do on Sunday.

Linda has been sitting down in front of the computer this afternoon making up some cards to send out, and surprise/surprise she manages it quite well now on her own with not much assistance from me at all.

We are going out to tea tonight for Linda’s birthday and we are going to try a hotel recommended by the park managers, supposed to be the best meals around by a mile so we will see. With the prices he quoted to me for these meals it would want to be the best and all.

Adelaide

Monday 17th February, (Adelaide).

Nothing much has happened since we arrived in Adelaide as when we arrived the temperature was too hot to bother, and now it is too cold. No, really we have a reasonable amount of time so there is no rush. We have done the mandatory, check out the shopping centres, and we have looked at some other caravan parks that would more suit me in filling in time while Linda is away and we have picked a couple that I may spend time at. Both are big4 and both provided us with a surprise; They would be the only big4 parks that offer a discount of 7th night free in a weekly booking. There was one other at Sale, in Victoria, but there have been none since. This made a big difference in picking these parks as without the discount the price would be too high and I would have likely stayed where we are. Not that there is anything wrong with the park we are at, but the others offer plenty of cycling tracks where this one doesn’t.

Adelaide

Wednesday 13th February, (Adelaide).

We had a trip to the Grampians and decided one thing: There is a lot more to see here than one can do in one day so we must return and spend time camped in the area. There are quite a few high points that offer spectacular scenery, waterfalls, and plenty of bush walking, generally a very spectacular area.

We have now moved on to Adelaide. A decision was made to make this trip in one stint so we could get to Adelaide earlier, and we did not over like the look of the caravan parks we had chosen to stay at if we were to stay. The towns we were to stay at were not over impressive either, but then we were looking forward to Adelaide. The trip we made was about 450K and would be the longest single stint we have made since travelling.

We have found a caravan park at Mitcham, southwest of the city. The park is beautifully nestled in a valley, with recreation parks, on the edge of the Adelaide hills. Speaking of which, the Adelaide hills do not look like anything of any size as you approach them, but believe me there are some steep hills to traverse during the crossing. One of which, being the final descent into the suburbs, will be one that I am glad we went down because if I have my way I would prefer not to tow up it. I think that the reason the ‘hills’ look just like that is that there is basically no growth on them, one would normally expect them to be covered with trees come forests, but there weren’t any.