Back in the Tropics

This must really be a big country, when you can drive for 2000 kilometres and still be in the same state! Over the extended Christmas period, we drove almost 6000 kilometres, promoting Cairns Unlimited down the Queensland coast as far as Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and across the border to the popular New South Wales tourist destination of Byron Bay.

But we’re back at YORKEYS KNOB now, and busy following up on all the promotions we have begun. We’ve ordered thousands more Cairns Unlimited postcards, especially the new ones which specifically promote our DIGITAL UNDERWATER CAMERA RENTAL . They’re an ‘oversized’ postcard with a discount voucher included on the rear. The discount voucher can be detached and kept, leaving the postcard still able to be posted to friends or family. Clever, eh?

The promotion side of things is an endless task, but not without its reward. Traffic through the site has continued to increase by 50% per month, and December will be no exception to that, in spite of the understandably very low figures over the Christmas period.

The bad news is that our new (old) Calibra, which carried us faultlessly over our Christmas journeys has decided it needs a New Years rest. After driving 1200 kilometres virtually non-stop on the 27th, we awoke the next morning to discover that it had no interest in moving from its warm, dry garage. The automobile association said it was the starter motor, and towed it to a nearby garage. The folk at the garage apparently missed out on their regular Christmas bonus, and have decided to find additional problems which require their attention. To begin with, they said the new starter motor would be $420. When I told them that Repco would supply a new starter motor for just over half that price ($240) they seemed very disappointed. On Monday, I am hoping to arrange a trade; one of my kidneys in exchange for the safe return of our car.

So we are without a vehicle at the moment, and may be having a very quiet New Years Eve tomorrow night. 

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4 Responses to “Back in the Tropics”

  1. Chuck Strauss Says:

    Hi Steve: I guess at this time (3:19 PM EST in the US) it is already 2008 in your beautiful country! It was good to hear from you and delighted with your blog.

    And a starter motor is not worth one of your kidneys — I think…

    At any rate, think of us in about 8-1/2 hours!

    Happy New Year!

    Jane & Chuck Strauss, Nelson County, Virginia USA

  2. Steve Says:

    Thanks Jane and Chuck! We had a very quiet New Years Eve; we must be getting old!

    And we are still without our car.

    I’m told you can’t drink beer if you only have one kidney, so I’ve decided to trade them my heart instead!!


  3. Chuck Strauss Says:

    So, what is it — beer or a starter motor?

    There are always bicycles….


  4. Steve Says:

    Ah, it all culminated in something of an anticlimax. The starter motor was removed and tested, and then put back. The alternator was then deemed to be the culprit. It was removed and almost replaced. I say ‘almost’ because the replacement alternator was not the right one, and they don’t make them any more…

    So the original alternator was repaired and returned. Still no go.

    A dodgy battery cable was replaced. Still no go.

    The mechanics finally surrendered, and push-started the car so I could drive it to an auto-electrician.

    The auto-electrician, while listening to my long winded version of the problem, sat in the driver’s seat, turned the key and started the car. It’s been starting - and running - like a dream ever since.

    And all my body parts are more or less intact :)


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