11 and 12 July (written in Alice Springs Sunday 14 July)
Did I mention to you that Himself is what I will now refer to as a MIPS? It stands for Master of Improvising and Problem Solving. We should also add the letters SC as well, as in self-control.
Thursday was a long day – all bitumen and lots of kilometres to get to Glen Helen Gorge in the West Macdonnell Ranges.
This is what the place looked like just before we set up camp for two relaxing days ahead.
This is what it looked like very next morning as we were leaving to head back to Alice Springs.
The cable that lifts the pillars when you crank up the van broke, meaning that you could not lift one of the corners without a large amount of effort. You could also not hold it at a height to fit even vertically challenged people in there without some ingenuity (see aforesaid mention of Himself).
By 9.30 am Friday we were in Alice discussing how it might be fixed.
Them: This isn’t unusual. It usually happens when someone forgets to unlatch one of the clips on the roof before cranking it up.
There you have it. A moment of inattention with consequences. I broke the van.
We had to unpack the van’s contents to let Gary (the fixer) dismantle cupboards to get into the wall cavities. As it happens, we are now waiting for a part to come from Adelaide. The contents of most of the van is in the tent with us.
Not too many happy snaps were taken on Friday. It was action stations and then a resignation to tent living for a few days.
We did manage to have a delicious meal at the Glen Helen Lodge on the evening of the incident. Himself is a very patient man. I should tell him that more often.
I should also mention the fellow camper at Glen Helen Gorge who watched the unfolding incident from a short distance and then wandered up to render assistance which went something like this. “You should get that sorted”. Thank you Sir for your kind advice.