Day one of our 2017 trip to Queensland and things got off to a bad start to our holiday, we had a flat battery and the ute wouldn’t start. The battery was completely flat, the doors wouldn’t even unlock with the remote, apparently the automatic isolator hadn’t switched off. I should have turned the fridge off and disconnected the anderson plug from the ute to the fridge and there is always someone ready with a phone to take a photo.Breakfast was at McDonalds, about 65km up the road from Port Melbourne. We caught up with Rod and Maureen Baker from Port Sorell. We had met them watching the football on the Spirits TV’s the night before. They had trouble finding their way onto the Westgate Bridge. A couple of laps around Port Melbourne and they were on their way. Broadford has a free weighbridge for self checking our weights. Authorities are making all grey nomads aware that they are about to start policing.
We are well stocked up with frozen food. While my total weight allowed is 5900kg, being within 60kg of my legal weight was pretty good. We can lighten up a little as we travel and if needed we will not fill the water tanks completely and both gas bottles will not always be full. Dianne will have to refrain from buying too much at all the markets she plans on visiting and I’ll only be able to buy beer by the six pack once the slab in van is consumed. The sun was shining, as we made our way up the Hume Hwy before turning off at Chiltern. Lunch was at Howlong in NSW and it was only 12.15pm. A short drive and we were setup in the Lockhart Showground by mid afternoon. No facilities but a lovely spot. The Doris Golder Gallery is part of the local museum at the Tourist Information Centre. There is a collection of portraits of Australian indentities made entirely of wool. It is a shame that they won’t let you take photos in that section. We were so glad that we decided to spend some money in town in return for the free showground camping.
Tommorow we plan to slow down and slowly make our way north looking for for warm weather.