Trip Start Jan 2003
Trip End Dec 2003

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Friday, June 20, 2003

Day 135 - Cairns

The quest to find a suitable vehicle to get us to Sydney (and possibly beyond) is seemingly over as we've agreed a price on a 1992 Ford Falcon Station Wagon (GLS no less). The vendors, a very young couple from the Isle of Wight have got to go home quicker than planned to see a dying granny si we've hopefully gota reasonable deal ($1,100 less than the original asking price). It's cost GBP1,000 between the four of us and while the power steering is a bit dodgy, in my non-mechanical eyes everything else seems to be in order. Having said that, it wouldn't be a surprise to see it fall to bits or for us to find ourselves gazumped, The worst part of the search was having to tell the desparate sellers whose cars we had viewed tht we were no longer interested. Given how reliant these people are on realising their only asset, some were close to tears while others just informed us how much of a serious mistake we were making etc etc. Only time will tell!

Day 136 - Cairns

Well, as planned, we're now the proud owners of 1992 Ford Falcon in a rather fetching shade of red. Unfortunatly we're the less proud owners of a 1992 Ford Falcon with a leaking radiator. After a day trip to Yorkey's Knob (yes the only reason we went there was becuse of the name) we drove back to Cairns, parked the car up and found the dream machine spewing coolant at a fair rate of knots. Disappointment doesn't even begin to describe the emotion we all felt at that moment. After a few frantic phone calls we composed ourselves enough to go out for a true Cairns style night out (Woolshed for dinner, along with every other backpacker, followed by other similar and too noisy for conversation cras/clubs). This was not a great idea because I have to be up at 6:30 in the morning to meet Lance the mechanic.

Prior to engine troubles, we (Kirsty, V, Steve and Kat) had enjoyed our day at Yorkeys although the beach wasn't up to the standard set by Port Douglas. It helped that we were able to spectate on the North Queensland kite surfing championships. A sport hybrid where participants are pulled along on surfboards by oversized kites, it made interesting viewing. Performance is based on asthetics rather than speed and the better surfers jump impressive heights while doing various twists, somersaults and other gravity-defying tricks. The less competent tend to jump higher than expected out the water and then land on their arses. Sometimes in the sea or more amusingly on the beach!!
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