Saturday spotlight: Lloyd's outback: Jan 30 2010
Broken spring in Burketown
"We were two-thirds of the way through the Broome to Cairns trip across the top. We’d handled the Gibb River Road, a station visit, and even the Darwin traffic and come out pretty much unscathed – although the midges at Lee Point inflicted some serious agony. With Wollogorang and the Calvert River crossing behind us things looked good. But trouble struck near Burketown. Sparky’s once-new van broke a leaf spring.
Bookings for Barrier Reef tours meant we had a schedule to meet. It would take a week to get a replacement spring. I scoured the tip, found that the FE rear leaf was exactly the same. While standing under a Remove no items, Penalty $300 sign I asked the council blokes to haul the FE out from under rubbish. They obliged. The once-new van is still running on that spring years later, and Sparky often talks of that event. - Lloyd Junor.
- Caravan World columnist Lloyd Junor owns Aussie Outback Publishing, which produces outback-themed titles including his own, comprehensive The Australian RV and Caravanner's Guide.