What's two days away, which turns into three days away, without a surprise or two? Pretty boring, I'd say.
I had problems with my car when I arrived in Gympie. The gears were "locking", that's the only way I can describe it. I had spent a couple of hours with Peter, catching up and having a laugh or two then made my way back to my brother's at Maroochydore. That was only an hour a way and the drive was uneventful.
I had dinner with my friends on Saturday night, which was a lot of fun, as you'll see in the photos below. I was hoping to get more photos of Maroochydore itself...it has a lovely beach, but I got back too late.
Sunday morning, just before lunch I left to drive back to Brisbane, got about 120 metres, stopped at the traffic lights and the brakes locked this time. Again, here was I blocking one lane of traffic who wanted to turn right. I called my brother and while waiting for him, a young guy in a silver 4AWD with big tyres pulled up, whipped out a towing strap and towed my car off the road into a very convenient carpark.
Again, I called RACQ, this time the tow truck and got him to tow the car to a brake and clutch specialist. Of course, they don't open until Monday, so I was there another night. We had takeaway Chinese for dinner, which was very nice, until the next morning when I woke up with an awful headache and vomiting. Once that was out of my system I felt better and I knew instantly what it was...MSG, and restaurants/cafes or any eatery are not supposed to use it.
Anyway, the next morning, my brother rang the clutch and brake place we'd dropped the car off to and they had me on the road by 1.45 pm, so I was home by 5 pm. There was a small leak in each of the rear brake cylinders and dust and dirt had caused the calliper to grab and it wasn't going to let go. They reamed out the cylinders, cleaned them up, replaced the wheels and I was on the way again.
The clutch had an airlock or something, my mobile mechanic fixed that for me yesterday...all up, the cost was $220. I thought it was going to be a lot worse and was wondering if it was going to be cheaper to buy a new car. But mine's only seven years old and it hasn't been flogged, with only just under 80,000 km on the clock, so it should be okay for a while yet.
That was my weekend. I rang Jane and she fed the cats for me for another night but, oh dear, was I in trouble when I finally arrived home. They were very stand offish for an hour or so. But when I fed them, funny, all was forgiven.
A table full of party animals.