25.05.2017 - 01.06.2017 21 °C
We had a fabulous day on the reef aboard Grace II, no wind so we motored to Great Keppel, visited the island, resort had closed about 10 years ago, only camping and limited accommodation now so very quiet. Snorkelled before and after lunch which was fabulous though the coral has been damaged by Debbie. Dan followed a Turtle while swimming and video it. Packed up and moved on Friday to Cape Palmerston but on the we had to stop on the highway due to a truck that had over turned and damaged the road. 2 and a half hours later we moved on. I rented (well offered free of charge) use of our loo to ladies and we put the awning out to give people shade to stand under while we waited. 2 Surveyors were in the vehicle behind who were from Mackay so they told us places to visit. Finally arrived at the park, only recently been set up so very clean and new. Lovely views of Mt Fennel but I called in 'Nipple Hill' as that want it looked like. Had 3 nights there, Dan fished but only caught "Fish Fingers" and we saw a mini mud crab, thankfully no Crocks!
Left Monday morning and was all planned to get to Bowen for a few day when only about 3 klms down the road, Dan could see smoke coming from the back of Lucy and when we stopped to check, Dan said Get F*** in a tone that I knew that something serious had happened and it had. The back spring had broken on the suspension and we couldn't drive anywhere as the van was sitting on the tyre. Called CIL insurance and after an hours phone call, they had organised for a truck to take both Lucy and Pepe to Mackay to Jayco to be repaired. Seems a lot of caravans have this sort of damage so it wasn't something new to them. We had it assessed to find that the American Suspension on Lucy, is not up to Australian standards so it was better for us to get the whole lot replaced so that it won't happen again and that if something does happen on our travels, parts are available everywhere.
So this morning (now Thursday 1st June) we parked Lucy inside Tyre Power where she will be repaired and we will drive north on our own. We have a week to get to Cooktown to start our adventure to Cape York. 5 nights there, then 5 days camping to Weipa, 3 nights there then 5 more days of camping then on to the Top where we have 3 nights booked and then we put Pepe and us on the Trinity Bay Cargo ship and spend 2 nights sailing over the reef back to Cairns. We were going to leave Lucy in Cairns anyway so this saves us towing here and what we have to spend extra on accommodation with sort out on fuel costs savings. All part of the adventure or as Dan says, 'Miss Adventure'.
We get back to Cairns 2nd July and then we will come back to pick up Lucy and then head west to Mt. Isa all being good.
This is what it's all about, you never know what's going to happen and for me, the organised one, I have to get used to everything not going to plan. Part of the fun. Now we have the unit we are staying in full of our camping gear that Dan has to organise and pack into Pepe so we can be back on the road tomorrow. Only 21degrees today, they say it's WINTER! Nobody mentioned the football score either today but yesterday everyone was dressed in the Maroon Gear.