Stats: Arrived at Wudinna
Sunday 10th April I had gone through a series of minor mishaps; individually they were not a problem but the cumulative effect was that I went on to Macca (Australia All Over) in a state of depression, suggesting that I just tell them where I am rather than go on air. Macca’s producer and very wise woman (Lee) suggested, “Go on and you might get help.”
Well, with Macca’s kind words, help came in abundance. Just about every caravan on the road stopped to give me assurance, cups of tea, anzac biscuits, water, and most importantly some company. I tried to crack hardy on the radio but that generation are a perceptive lot. One family – Chris,Sandra ,Matthew and Shai Wright, travelling from Melbourne to Ceduna – walked and talked with me for about 6 km.
Lovely time spent with a family. Another family came down from Whyalla. Michael Helsberg sat me down with a beer and got his two daughters to hold the buggy while he performed his magic and fixed the tyre . John Phillips from WFI (Westfarmers Insurance) provided me with coffee and wagon wheels as well as hat and torch and help with communications. I understand more coffee and wagon wheels to come. There are so many people I would like to thank for getting me over this difficult period, but my record keeping is not all that crash hot; however, thanks to AAO (Oz All Over).
I had particular help from two members of the Ulysses Club Arthritis Research Fund. They gave me use of their phone on their second trip out to sort out my phone. Bevan made up a solar charger literally an hour before getting ready for his son’s wedding. I can now charge the phone and will power lights. Brian went to the Barossa to get a new phone and picked up the solar charger and motor cycled along with his friend Bob to help me set up. Ulyssians have always been generous people to many charities but they have dedicated themselves to Arthritis Reseach as the prime charity. They were extraordinarily helpful to me. Darren Beck, Parks & Resorts Operational Mangement consultant, has organised a night’s accommodation at Ceduna.
Last night I had a pleasant time with a family Trevor and Liz and their two very bright boys, Max and Harry. Liz, a teacher, is guiding the boys for the next six months while Trevor works on his Master’s in sustainability. Max – wide eyed – told me in great detail about swimming and touching sea lions. Wow, what an experience! Harry and Max have been exploring the county on bikes and discovered and explored caves.
My apologies to all trying to phone: don’t panic if you cannot get through; communication will be problematical from now on.
Couldn’t get on to Macca yesterday as phone was dead. Regards to all Much love Mike