The Bus is Fixed!

The Bus is Fixed!

The bus has a new water pump!

Shout out to the guys at Cannonvale Radiators who replaced it for me. Great service and very reasonable price.

I definitely recommend them if you ever need work done in Airlie Beach.

Mia now has a new water pump and we have made the 1300km trip back home safely with no further incidents.

I’m looking forward to getting stuck into bus work again and getting her finished.

That is, after I spend the next three weeks working extra shifts to pay for all this!

 

Exploring Airlie Beach

Exploring Airlie Beach

While the whole bus-breaking-down saga was quite stressful, and added a lot more expense to my already expensive trip top Airlie Beach, having to wait around for the replacement part to be delivered allowed me to have some much needed rest time and gave me a few days to explore Airlie Beach.

I didn’t have the money to book any tours to the nearby Whitsunday Islands or the Great Barrier Reef, which most people do when they come to this North Qld town, so I just hung around the town, checked out the local markets and explored some of the local walking trails.

 

Broken down and stuck in Airlie Beach

Broken down and stuck in Airlie Beach

So after having to postpone the trip to Airlie Beach to see my electrician because I had to rebuild my roof racks, I finally set off on the bus’s first big road trip this week. 

I have to admit I was a bit stressed. I had been super busy trying to get all the jobs finished in the lead-up to the trip, and then I ended up with a bout of flu just before I was due to leave which knocked me round a bit. Then I was worried about how the bus would go on such a long drive.

After driving for two days, the bus had been running perfectly and I was just starting to relax, when it all went pear shaped.

The bus broke down on the final day, just 100km from my intended destination. I did manage to get the bus to Airlie Beach, but instead of this being a relatively quick trip up and back, I am now going to be stuck here for at least a week waiting for repairs.