Arriving in Lithgow with bad weather looming I took the opportunity to head out to Wollemi National Park to the glow worm tunnel. This is about a 1 ½ hour drive along a rough gravel track really only suitable for 4wd or high clearance vehicles. The track had thousands of rain filled potholes.. it felt like I was on a Camel Trophy expedition with the way the water splashed up everywhere and I was pounding along the track.
From the carpark a 2km return bushwalk led to the tunnel, formerly used for a railroad at the beginning of the 20th century. Right in the middle of the tunnel where it is pitch black were most of the glow worms. Really quite beautiful with their faint star like glow.
On making it back to Lithgow at dusk I pulled in to the caravan park, paid my fees, jumped in my car to drive to my site, reversed 2 metres and my engine dies. It’s now pouring rain. Messed out in the engine bay trying to diagnose the problem. Engine cranking fine, but no go. Figured it for a fuel issue or faulty fuel stop solenoid. After 10 minutes hitting things with a hammer and bleeding some of the fuel line the car gets going again and I drove to my site where I sat for 4 nights. The weather was terrible with freezing cold forceful winds. Ended up sleeping in 3 layers inside 2 sleeping bags with a blanket on top and was still not quite warm enough.
With the weather clearing on Thursday I pull out my spare parts kit and replace my fuel stop solenoid. She jumped to life first go. All good again. I replaced it only 1 year ago. Wasn’t able to get the best branded one at the time and so have paid the price with it failing early.