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Reply #15 - May 6th, 2024 at 12:03am
 
Sprintcyclist wrote on Apr 22nd, 2024 at 8:20pm:
Port Macquarie was pretty nice. Swam most days, had a very nice AirBNB

Last night now at FoxGround in south NSW, by Kiama. AirBNB farmstay. Weather was not so good and a bit cooler.
Swam a few days. Kiamas pretty nice, a bit of a Sydney feel to it, unfortunately.

Headed tomorrow for Wangaratta.
Have got our driving down to a better rhythm, 1 and 1/2 hours then look for a good stop to stretch and swap drivers.
Keep to 112 km/h on the speedo and fuel usage is good. 118 km/h on the  speedo and uses a lot more fuel. Less tiring driving at 112 km/h too.
The Auto got a bit hot today going up a steep climb, a bit smelly.
Did not change down to 2nd gear to keep the revs up.
I know about that when towing, guess up a steep hill has the same effect.
Auto fluid is about 6 months old so can take a bit of heat.


If you're going to tow regularly fit an aftermarket tranny cooler.

Check the colour of your tranny fluid from dipstick with white paper towel.

Not sure what is specified for your vehicle if it starts out red then turns brown get it changed it's burnt out will damage tranny.




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Reply #16 - May 6th, 2024 at 5:26am
 
Baronvonrort wrote on May 6th, 2024 at 12:03am:
Sprintcyclist wrote on Apr 22nd, 2024 at 8:20pm:
Port Macquarie was pretty nice. Swam most days, had a very nice AirBNB

Last night now at FoxGround in south NSW, by Kiama. AirBNB farmstay. Weather was not so good and a bit cooler.
Swam a few days. Kiamas pretty nice, a bit of a Sydney feel to it, unfortunately.

Headed tomorrow for Wangaratta.
Have got our driving down to a better rhythm, 1 and 1/2 hours then look for a good stop to stretch and swap drivers.
Keep to 112 km/h on the speedo and fuel usage is good. 118 km/h on the  speedo and uses a lot more fuel. Less tiring driving at 112 km/h too.
The Auto got a bit hot today going up a steep climb, a bit smelly.
Did not change down to 2nd gear to keep the revs up.
I know about that when towing, guess up a steep hill has the same effect.
Auto fluid is about 6 months old so can take a bit of heat.


If you're going to tow regularly fit an aftermarket tranny cooler.

Check the colour of your tranny fluid from dipstick with white paper towel.

Not sure what is specified for your vehicle if it starts out red then turns brown get it changed it's burnt out will damage tranny.






I agree with your ideas.
We were not towing, not sure what the smell was. Tranny fluid looks/smells ok. I changed it about 9 months ago.
Smell might be an oil weep I have that was on the hot engine
I did ask about fixing the weep, the good mechanic said it is not economic to fix it. The car as 320,000 kms on it.
I just top it up every 2 - 3 months now
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Reply #17 - May 12th, 2024 at 9:39am
 
The National Gallery of Art in Canberra was really poor.
One of the worst I have been in.

Canberra's a weird city. A strange vibe here, no vitality.
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Reply #18 - May 12th, 2024 at 11:21am
 
Sprintcyclist wrote on May 12th, 2024 at 9:39am:
The National Gallery of Art in Canberra was really poor.
One of the worst I have been in.

Canberra's a weird city. A strange vibe here, no vitality.


Yeah very stoic and business like. Supermarkets and nice shops hard to find as they are all hidden around back of business like office/buildings.
They’re a pace all on their own not like the rest of our places on Oz.
Melbourne art gallery should be better… but I haven’t been for donkeys years!
I must go in one day soon now coming to think of it. I just hate driving into the city and fight for parking spots!

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Reply #19 - May 12th, 2024 at 12:42pm
 
Sophia wrote on May 12th, 2024 at 11:21am:
Sprintcyclist wrote on May 12th, 2024 at 9:39am:
The National Gallery of Art in Canberra was really poor.
One of the worst I have been in.

Canberra's a weird city. A strange vibe here, no vitality.


Yeah very stoic and business like. Supermarkets and nice shops hard to find as they are all hidden around back of business like office/buildings.
They’re a pace all on their own not like the rest of our places on Oz.
Melbourne art gallery should be better… but I haven’t been for donkeys years!
I must go in one day soon now coming to think of it. I just hate driving into the city and fight for parking spots!



The Ballarat Art Gallery was better than the National one in Canberra.
I kid you not.

The War Memorial was very good. Top marks there.
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Reply #20 - May 12th, 2024 at 6:58pm
 
Sprintcyclist wrote on May 12th, 2024 at 9:39am:
The National Gallery of Art in Canberra was really poor.
One of the worst I have been in.

Canberra's a weird city. A strange vibe here, no vitality.

You just don't know the right people to be allowed in the right places. For starters, I bet you and your wife were not wearing Lanyards around your necks.
Cods used to live in Canberra. She never left her house without a few Lanyards on to open doors.
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Reply #21 - May 14th, 2024 at 9:20am
 
Had a terrific nudie swim at Hawks Nest this morning.
Water was hardly even fresh. Beautiful
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Reply #22 - May 18th, 2024 at 5:56pm
 
Sprintcyclist wrote on May 14th, 2024 at 9:20am:
Had a terrific nudie swim at Hawks Nest this morning.
Water was hardly even fresh. Beautiful


What?! No pics of buns?  Grin
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Reply #23 - May 18th, 2024 at 9:23pm
 
Sophia wrote on May 18th, 2024 at 5:56pm:
Sprintcyclist wrote on May 14th, 2024 at 9:20am:
Had a terrific nudie swim at Hawks Nest this morning.
Water was hardly even fresh. Beautiful


What?! No pics of buns?  Grin



Sorry about that, I should know better.
Anyhow, I almost got caught, so that was more fun.
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Reply #24 - May 21st, 2024 at 1:59pm
 
All back home, safe and sound.  An overview.

I love driving around Aussie so like this trip. From Brisbane to Vic and the Great Southern Ocean Road, around much of country Victoria, staying a beach AIRBNBs and STAYS often, Caravan parks a few times.

For 5 week, total cost about $7500 for the 2 of us.
Did a HUGE amount of preventative maintenance on the car before - highly recommended for a big car trip.
Drove a max of about 600 kms on a big day, swopped drivers every 1.5 hours or less - again recommended.

navigator's job is to 1/ Have a siesta
2/ Keep driver well hydrated/fed/alert/comfortable.
3/ Do all searched for stops/fuel/sightseeing on phone

Surprises are Ballarat - very well worth a 2+ day visit (3+ nights)
Canberra is probably not a big attraction. War memorial was great.
Kitchen knives can be sharpened well enough on a river rock ! (comes down to how good you are at sharpening)
Some caravan parks are REALLY good - 'Painters Island' caravan park at Wangaratta.
Got a bit 'bored' of seeing tourist sights. Historical sites and lighthouses etc


Buying a caravan/camper bus does not suit us that well for a few reasons.

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Reply #25 - May 22nd, 2024 at 10:30pm
 
Glad you got back home safe n sound.
At Ballarat…. did you go to Sovereign Hill?
What was climate there like at this time of year?
The place can be utterly freezing at most times!
Hope it was mild for you.
Did you go through Windy Warnambool?

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Reply #26 - May 24th, 2024 at 10:47am
 
Sophia wrote on May 22nd, 2024 at 10:30pm:
Glad you got back home safe n sound.
At Ballarat…. did you go to Sovereign Hill?
What was climate there like at this time of year?
The place can be utterly freezing at most times!
Hope it was mild for you.
Did you go through Windy Warnambool?




Yes, went to Sovereign Hill. That was an eyeopener once anyone looks past the tourist paraphernalia.
It was all very good, the story behind it is grim

There is now a 'Eureka Stockade' centre. I knew very little about this historical time.
What happened there went around the world and shaped Australias political system
As Mark Twain said about it '......  I think it may be called the finest thing in Australasian history. It was a revolution – small in size; but great politically; it was a strike for liberty, a struggle for principle, a stand against injustice and oppression....It is another instance of a victory won by a lost battle. It adds an honorable page to history; the people know it and are proud of it. ...... '

The climate was quite ok, calm winds, minimums at about 9 or so. We have heating and jackets nowadays.
I went for a swim in the ocean at Apollo Bay - Great Ocean Road
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Reply #27 - May 25th, 2024 at 10:23pm
 
Sprintcyclist wrote on May 24th, 2024 at 10:47am:
Sophia wrote on May 22nd, 2024 at 10:30pm:
Glad you got back home safe n sound.
At Ballarat…. did you go to Sovereign Hill?
What was climate there like at this time of year?
The place can be utterly freezing at most times!
Hope it was mild for you.
Did you go through Windy Warnambool?




Yes, went to Sovereign Hill. That was an eyeopener once anyone looks past the tourist paraphernalia.
It was all very good, the story behind it is grim

There is now a 'Eureka Stockade' centre. I knew very little about this historical time.
What happened there went around the world and shaped Australias political system
As Mark Twain said about it '......  I think it may be called the finest thing in Australasian history. It was a revolution – small in size; but great politically; it was a strike for liberty, a struggle for principle, a stand against injustice and oppression....It is another instance of a victory won by a lost battle. It adds an honorable page to history; the people know it and are proud of it. ...... '

The climate was quite ok, calm winds, minimums at about 9 or so. We have heating and jackets nowadays.
I went for a swim in the ocean at Apollo Bay - Great Ocean Road


Yes, interesting story that, the Eureka Stockade. Us Victorians know how to fight for rights.
About the flag….
The Eureka flag was sewn in silk by three women and first hoisted at Bakery Hill in 1854. Eureka Oath of Allegiance: 'We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties'.
Hence why it was flown at some of our largest rallies in Melbourne of recent times of protests against Han Dan and his dictatorship.

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