Friday 11th September 2015, Bundaberg.
We have finally set off on our first trip since settling at Caboolture by going to Bundaberg. Filling the fuel tank will ultimately tell, but it is looking like we got a much better fuel economy on our trip today. The car wanted to go a lot better, pulling the caravan up steeper hills before having to go back a gear, and cruising a lot better. As a result we ended up travelling at a bit faster speed than usual, which wouldnâ€™t help our economy, and we did have a bit of a tail wind. The trip back on Monday will be the tell though as we are forecast to have head winds, so it will be interesting to see both fuel economies.
What a trip with a difference: the actual trip was a lot easier with the van and car being a lot lighter, except for the rain almost the entire trip. We have had nothing but sunshine since settling in the house, now that we set off it rains. When we arrived at Bundy the wind was blowing hard, and apparently has been for a while and will be for a while, something we have just not noticed since we stopped travelling, and we have always absolutely hated wind. Another thing has got me reeling as well, and that is TV reception, sometimes I think digital TV was the worst thing they could have done. The other thing they could have done was get rid of VHF transmission because all trouble I have had is with this band. We are staying at a park we have not stopped at before and did note that the park has cabled all sites with TV, but no, I intended using my beaut new aerial that will work everywhere, and would you believe it will not pick up all available channels. This area has always been noted to be among the worst area in Australia for TV reception. In the process of trying to find out why, all test devices I wanted to use for fault finding had flat batteries, and you guessed it all spares are at home, and other pieces I wanted are at home. I did intend leaving all those at home because I did not intend doing any repair works at all while away this trip. Oh well, our main reason for making this trip was to visit Tony and Brenda, and we will do that tomorrow.