Saturday 5th November, (Albury).

We are now on our last stopover before reaching Melbourne, having moved to Albury yesterday. We took a route down to Cootamundra, then turned left to a road across to the Hume highway just north of Gundagai and then down the highway to Albury.

We had a bad engine misfire on the way down here that gave me a reminder that it is time to replace the spark plugs, so today I thought I would buy some and replace them myself. It didn’t take long to realise that perhaps I shouldn’t have tackled the job, as it took me a visit to about 4 shops before I could find the type plugs I required, eventually getting them at Wodonga. Then to my surprise, when I went to fit them, I found that I didn’t have a socket to extract the old ones with, let alone put in the new ones. I went to several shops to purchase one but to no avail, so I borrowed one from the park manager. Then the catastrophe: one of the plug leads broke when I attempted to remove it, leaving me in a bit of a quandary, but I did manage to repair it. The cable pulled out of the plug connector, as it seems it could easily happen at any time with any lead, so after trimming the rubber surround, I re-terminated the connector seemingly satisfactorily. Fortunately none of the other leads broke so I ended up successfully replacing all the plugs.

I will now have to give serious consideration to replacing the plug leads some time in the near future.

Sunday 6th November, (Albury).

We had another visit to Matt’s parents today and as usual it was very enjoyable meeting with them again. We do meet them only, on average, about once a year while on our way south, and it is nice to catch up with the conversations about what we do have in common.

It was nice to see the countryside, on our way to Talgarno, very green again as it has been all the way inland that we have travelled since New Castle. The Hume lake was very full as well, probably the first time we have seen it so full.