After a week in the bush I return to civilisation to do my laundry and enjoy a hot shower. I stayed at Flynn’s Beach caravan park in Port Macquarie. This was a nice place nestled in amongst the trees. The staff were friendly and the amenities although a tad out dated were clean. Unfortunately for me the first day was spent under my car. In typical Land Rover fashion a 30 minute fan belt change job turned into 3-4 hours. On the drive in my alternator stopped charging properly. A burning rubber smell alerted me to the problem. The fan belt had loosened and was not holding properly, so the belt was melting from the friction.. Still good enough to keep the fan turning till I got to port.
The first issue was 1 bolt on the power steering pump rounded off so I couldn’t take off the power steering pump belt. This must be removed first before removing the fan belt. After filing and grinding the bolt head down over a couple hours in a really awkward position I was able to hammer on the next size down socket and successfully remove that bolt. Then on fitting the new belt I discovered the thread on the alternator where the lock bolt screws in to to hold the belt tight had shredded meaning I had to replace it with a bolt and nut. Searching my spare parts kit I found a suitable bolt I cut down to size. Finally all done and the belt tight.
To treat myself I decided to dine out and went to Poco Loco, a nearby pizza and Mexican restaurant. The wood fire pizzas there are utterly incredible. Probably the best I’ve tasted! Highly recommended.
So day 2 I set out to explore Port Macquarie. I visited Ricardo’s strawberry farm where you can pick your own strawberries. This was a fun experience with so many to choose from. You only pay for what you pick. They were quite delicious.
I took a drive along the coastal road and stopped in to Shelly Beach and the nearby Lighthouse Beach. There are so many beautiful beaches in the area you are spoiled for choice.
I had an opportunity to purchase some business coaching products online while in town so the next few days were spent studying the material. In order to find cheaper camping I drove out to nearby Wauchope. The showgrounds there have cheap camping available. I paid $15 per night with power. The facilities are quite run down but you get a hot shower and toilets. I spent 3 days at the Wauchope library making use of free wifi and the air conditioning.