Having sorted the van out we then went in search of an internet cafe`. We could have had better luck finding a gold nugget in the campsite carpark
. Finally we found the only place in town to offer internet access, and I have to say that there were plenty of computers available plus wii fii. I enquired about the cost of connecting to wii fii. The very nice lady told me it was $7 for 1hour or $6 for 2 hours, I had to think about that for a minute or two then ask, did you say $7 for 1 hour or $6 for 2 hours. " Yes" she said. Well that's a bit of a no brainer isn't it?
I have decided that it's going to be necessary for me to enter the brave new world of dongling. I have no idea what it's all about, and Fred knows even less. After lunch we got on our bikes and headed for the Woolworths Centro Shopping Centre, the Wise One had spotted a Telstra Shop in the centre yesterday. We arrived at the centre and I was suppose to dart into The Big W and purchase a bike lock. I went to get my purse out of the backpack which Fred carries, and what do I find - nothing. Fred was not wearing the backpack it was left on the table outside our van. Whose fault, very debatable. Bazza happened to turn up whilst I was waiting for Fred to return and to our rescue went and bought me a bike lock. When Fred returned we headed off to the Telstra shop. We had all sorts of questions for Debbie, who had the patience of a saint as she tried to explain how the dongle works and all the different plans that we might like to look at in the brochure
. "No" I said to Debbie we're dyslexic (not true) it's better if you explain it to us. What I was really saying was don't fob us off with a brochure, earn your wage and sell it to us. Debbie turned out to be really nice and she was really nice to Fred answering all he's questions eg: Does it need charging (he wasn't referring to money), can we use this at home, can we take it to America. We now have a dongle.
We lashed out $20 last night for our overnight stay in the Emerald show grounds, tonight just like Wayne Swan we need to get our budget back on track. We snuck in to the free campsite outside Emerald's Botanical Gardens about 10.30am this morning. The previous nights campers had moved on so there was plenty of room to park up. The downside of this carpark is that we have a railway track to the back of us and no doubt the Longreach to Rockhampton train will almost certainly pass by at a most inconvenient time during the night, we also have a very busy highway in front of us with roadtrains belting by at an alarming rate. But it is free, and we are within walking distance to the Coles Centro shopping in one direction and the Woolworths Centro shopping Centre within biking distance in the other direction.