Wednesday 29th October, (Brisbane).

The new phone turned out to be a saga. It basically turns out that the windows application I am running is not in fact 98 second edition as I thought, and it is not compatible with the software for the data cable. I guess I am lucky that the phone has infrared capabilities and I managed to get it going via that. I still can’t get the 1X part working and I suspect it is because of the windows problem again, as I did not have the correct infrared modem to install. I fudged the connection with another modem and connected it to the infrared port, and it worked.

It turns out that I am reasonably happy with the new phone as it is working, so long as I keep getting a strong enough signal inside the caravan, so when I get back home and have some free time I will reload the laptop with a decent version of windows and start again, hopefully with a lot more success.

Well Linda has once again gone back to Tassie, so I am on my own again. It should be interesting this time as I won’t be in the one place during her absence, as I will be travelling down toward Melbourne.

The generator we are carrying has had a reasonable run over the last couple of days as the park we are staying at has had a problem, and as a result we have been without power for most of the past two days. This would normally not be a problem, with us then just running on 12 volts, but with Linda gone we decided to use the second fridge as a freezer for food and it was still trying to freeze all the food so the generator was a necessity.


Saturday 25th October, (Brisbane).

It is a pity we are in such a rush to get to Melbourne as places such as Rainbow Beach are ones that we could stay at for an extended period, but we did at least get to see it and we do know we will stay again when back this way. It is quite apparent why this place gets its name; the sand in the dunes along the beach is made up of many colours, hence rainbow. I have said that this was one of the most spectacular sights we have seen on our travels, but there have been so many and they are all spectacular in there own way.

We are now in Brisbane and we have had to make big changes to our travel plans again. We received an email from Louisa yesterday and she explained that she is having trouble coping with her pregnancy, being ill and all, so we decided that Linda will go home on Wednesday for a month or so to help her out. She will return to the mainland before Narrelle arrives for her visit.


Chapter 22.

I’m on my own for a while again.

Saturday 25th October 2003, (Brisbane).

I am not quite on my own yet; I have a couple of days of Linda’s company before she leaves on Wednesday. This time on my own will be a little different as I will not be staying in the one place, I will be travelling on my own making my way down toward Melbourne or until Linda decides to return. As I will be travelling I intend to make a few changes; eg the drinks fridge will be converted to a freezer so I won’t have to worry about buying food as often, this will free up some space in the van fridge for drinks. I will be able to freeze bread so I will have fresh whenever I need it.

I have purchased myself a new mobile phone, one that is capable of CDMA1X data transfer. This is a new system similar to GPRS for GSM phones, and is a fast connection, the speed depending on how expensive a plan one signs up for, I have so far chosen the pay-as-you-use. A little dearer, but I don’t intend using it for much else but emails so I will just have to see what use I do get out of it. Coverage is limited to capital cities at the moment so I will not get a great deal of use from it anyway. The new phone should be capable of the higher speed of 14,400 instead of the 9,600 of the old phone so that should be a bonus.

I am a little frustrated at the moment though as the data cable I have ordered will not turn up until Monday so even though I have downloaded the software the phone can’t be used for data as yet. The most frustrating part is that the phone and computer is capable of infrared connection, but I didn’t think to download the driver for that type connection, so if I had I would be able to use the phone for data now.

I guess the only option is to wait for the cord to turn up.

Rainbow Beach

Tuesday 21st October, (Rainbow Beach/Tin Can Bay).

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Woodgate and swore that we would return for an extended visit. Then we moved to Rainbow Beach/Tin Can Bay and now reckon that this is the place to be.

The whole area around here is sand, large hills all along the coast, all sand. There are numerous camping areas along Inskip Point, around from Rainbow Beach, and again it is all sand so one would need a 4 wheel drive to get one’s van in there.

We went for a walk up to a lookout to see a place called coloured sands, and wow what scenery, huge sand dunes and the colours in them.

We intend to go for a walk along the beach tomorrow and get a view of the dunes from below, and we have decided to visit Tin Can Bay on our way out on Thursday, as it is basically on our way, to have a look at the dolphin feeding.


Saturday 18th October, (Woodgate).

We are now at Woodgate, about 50k south of Bundaberg, and this is a coastal town that we will remember for a lengthy stay in the future.

For a small town there are all the facilities one would need for a several week visit, although fuel is expensive, and the caravan park is across the road from an immaculate beach. There is also a fairly long walking/cycling track along the beachside that makes for good exercise.

We finally purchased a small oven for Linda, as she has missed being able to do her usual cooking because the oven in the van is not a full oven but rather a large griller. She is now very happy to be able to cook as she wishes, and I think I will be happy again, if I don’t fatten up too much, to be eating more home cooked food as I did in the past.