Wednesday 14th November 2007, Launceston.
I am now starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel: I had a trip to Melbourne on the weekend to take what gear we intend to keep to Narrelle’s for storage, and it turned out a bit of a test for the new truck as the weight of the gear was much greater than I thought and it turned out to be another driving exercise for me with the new truck carrying a weight. Since I have returned I have loaded all the equipment into the back ready to start our travels, there actually doesn’t seem to be as much space as the panel-van, but persistence will prevail.
Plans for test runs: We intend packing up on Saturday so on Sunday we can hook up the van and take it out on the road to test a few things like tow ball height, so the van sits level, and that the brakes work. I am hopeful that the tow ball is at the correct height as the tow bar is roughly the same height as the panel-van, although I did raise the ball by one measurement as I reckon it will need it. We then, on Monday, intend to start a few short runs for some practice before heading back to the mainland. We will probably go to Bridport, as the road has a few decent hills and some flat sections. After staying there for a couple of days we will probably go to Kelso for another couple of days, close to Beaconsfield so we can see Linda’s sisters before we go, then on to Deloraine for several days. Linda spotted a van park there while visiting the other day and decided that it looked good enough to check out. All this should take us up to the 27th when I am booked on the boat, so I can take Linda back to Launceston to the airport, then return to Deloraine to pick up the van and move on the Devonport to make the trip across Bass Strait once more.