17/10/88

V.V. HOT  I got up at about 5:30  and had a light brekkie then packed up and hit the road. Drove down to Springsure then the car blew up 10 kilometres from Rolleston. A couple of guys came by in a Toyota and towed us into Rolleston where the mechanic diagnosed broken timing gear. We hitched a ride in a big road-train back to Springsure, withdrew $300 from the bank then hitched a ride back to Rolleston. The repairs cost $183 -00 ($54 for the parts, the rest for labour!!) and we were headed for Carnarvon¹ again. Stopped along the way to collect firewood and arrived, hot and dusty, at 4:30. Pitched the tent beside an English couple named John and Naomi who have ridden overland from GB² on motorbikes.

¹Carnarvon Gorge National Park. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnarvon_Gorge
²Great Britain

 

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