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Eileens Australian trip - track via spot messanger

Updated on February 21, 2010
 

If y ou would like to see how Eileen is toddling around Australia click here. Sorry as we are back home that link no longer applies so have deleted it. But have left the article the same still

I am on the road again. Have since had gbox troubles but all ok I hope again (fingers crossed this time) have a horseshoe on the front of vehicle so hope that works.

This is how we started out our traveling

our new nisson vehicle fitted now with a solar panel on roof

This is our new lifestyle. camping on the beach along the Murray river, great scenery and relaxing, but not good for fishing.  Although a friend caught a Murray Cod 4' long what a waste as would be too tough to eat. Actually we went back 2 weeks late
This is our new lifestyle. camping on the beach along the Murray river, great scenery and relaxing, but not good for fishing. Although a friend caught a Murray Cod 4' long what a waste as would be too tough to eat. Actually we went back 2 weeks late

Gee motoring can prove expensive

Well folks we have just bought another vehicle. other one gave us too much troubles.

We bought a 2000 nissan patrol walkabout. So at least it is bigger with more room for us and our dog. Hope the motor and everything looks after us better than our last one. Cheers for now. Will put pics up as we travel.  As the name suggests (walkabout) I hope that is not how this trip ends up with us walking.

We are just out of adelaide at the moment.

You can pick your friends but not your neighbours even when travelling

Visitors come in all shapes and sizes

New Chevy 6.5 Motor

Well now, it is September 2009 and we have just returned from our trip Around Australia. And that 2.8 Nissan got us into several frustrating spots, a little dangerous, to be honest. Simply because it didnt really have the necessary take off power. 

If we were on a slight hill it just did not have the power to get going, we felt like we could push it faster. Mind you the van and the ( extra rocks) we collected towards the end of the trip didnt help the weight factor in the van. (no not overloaded) not us.  Once we were going we didnt need to change gears even to go up and down a lot of the hills.

During the trip my husband talked and talked about getting another vehicle. First it was looking at this and then that. Weighing up the pros and cons of each different vehicle.  He would talk to all the travellers and compare notes.

Eventually when we went home he made up his mind.  Well lets face it we did own this one.

So we went and spent a lot of money and had a new chevy 6.5 manual motor put in 3 weeks ago. We went up to Geraldton and ran it in and we are just resting near Collie now after its first service.

Soon our son will be out of our home and we can move in again for a couple of months.

Whoopee. I think Titan (our dog) will love to be off the road for a while. Oh well thats all for now.

Oh boy! nearly forgot. The spot Messenger was really great, people knew exactly where we were it gave us and rellies more confidence and knowing about where we were and that we were safe.

I would recommend them to anyone who is thinking of going outback. Especially in Australia as even for us we knew what it was like, but it is still a bit scarey when you realise how far you are away from help.

If you can afford one I would say go and buy one.  It may be your lifeline.  Also buy a sola panel for your caravan and one for your car.  Then you can sleep in peace without listening to a generator.  Well that is if the people with generators stay away from where you are camping.

This gives you an idea just how big the ant hills really are
This gives you an idea just how big the ant hills really are

AT Tumbling Waters Caravan Park sth of Darwin

This is best carasvan park we went to . They could not do enough for there customers.  Other parks should learn from them.
This is best carasvan park we went to . They could not do enough for there customers. Other parks should learn from them.

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    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      constant walker, I have finally added a couple of pics of my neighours at last. Not on net very much now that we are travelling cant afford the prices. but will do my best

    • Marisa Wright profile image

      Kate Swanson 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      Hope the new vehicle is more reliable Eileen! That's the trouble with caravans and boats - great fun but they can be a money pit with all the things that can go wrong. Good luck!

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Mr D Duck, We lived in Kalgoorlie for ten years. Should have had them earlier. Could have bought of you. Thanks for stopping by

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      MrDDuck 

      10 years ago

      this is unreal i have juts bought spot well alot of them actually we are dealers now in kalgoorlie , good luck and have fun www.minewatch.com.au.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      constant walker

      We didnt make it to cooper pedy more gbox probs. So limped off to adelaide.

      Yes have put one pic up now up now but have just sold the vehicle as it gave us too much problems even though we had done everything to it . it had 240 v for charging alll our stuff and extra battery for fridge and inverters, anti rust thingyas well. But heyt what thats life now we have to hope we havent bought another lemon. We need some good luck for a change. But as long as we wake up each new day that is the most important thing in lif dont you agree

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      I was hoping for some pics, Eileen. You will eventually provide some, right?

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      thanks everyone sitting outside library writing this and it is dark in port augusta as sharon my daughter has just left comment. Now gbox ok I hope we intend to go to cooperpedy and have a look around about 1200 k's half dirt half bittumen. Cheers till next time.

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      sharon 

      10 years ago

      eileen is in Port Aguster heading East.

    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 

      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for sharing your trip with us Eileen. Happy trails to you!

    • Mark Bennett profile image

      Mark Bennett 

      10 years ago from Citizen of the Globe

      Wow, that's really neat, Eileen. Looks like you are heading out West - where people are few and far between. Is that right?

      Enjoy your trip!

    • ajcor profile image

      ajcor 

      10 years ago from NSW. Australia

      what fun - as a fellow aussi I thought I qould see exactly where you were! amazing it updates every couple of minutes - your trip-o-meter!

      fyi. I got on from your email from hubpages but not from copying and pasting from your hub pages

      have a great time!

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