Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
Trip End Oct 31, 2013

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Caltex Service Station

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Sunday, July 29, 2012


Sunday, we were on our way from Brisbane to Caloundra to visit Dave and June. We stopped at the Caltex Service station on Gympie Road at Carseldine to buy the newspaper, use the toilet and top up the fuel. 20kms from Brisbane!

Shock horror !!! Sheila was pumping petrol into our diesel tank. We knew not to start the engine so could not drive the van,   but we were now blocking one of two diesel bowers in this busy service station. The van was literally stuck at the bowser!! It was 2pm

Contacting RACQ, roadside assistance on a Sunday was not too helpful but because we have Premium Cover through our registering with the SA organization they offered us overnight accomodation at a motel of our choice but what to do with the van???!!! They told us they could tow the van to their depot and then tow it again to a mechanic who would empty the fuel tank on Monday.

We started to think more strategically and decided to stay with the van at the sevice station overnight; so we enlisted the help of a few guys who were customers at the station and we pushed the van away from the bowsers to a safer position.

The ladies serving at the counters were very supportive and encouraged us to stay overnight, so we covered the windows and got ourselves someting to eat and waited out the hours until Monday morning. Have to say it was probably the noisiest place we had ever bedded down but we felt safe and had a reasonably restful night.

When we had not heard from RACQ by 8.30am on Monday, as promised. we called to refresh their memory of our plight and by 10.00am our tow truck arrived and we were pleased that the operator was a personable and experienced young man but we still felt a bit nervous when our "home" of 3 years was winced up onto the truck. So 20 hours after pulling into the Caltex station we were getting pulled out!

We sat up front in the truck and 5 kms later we found ourselves deposited with Morris our assigned mechanic who got the tank emptied and us on our way 2 hours later.

Needless to say this was a traumatic event but we felt satisfied with the guys who fixed our problem- they were professional and did not rip us off as they could have. We were $160 out of pocket, not counting refilling the diesel.

We were pretty exhausted when we reached  Woodgate Beach as the sun was setting. We know this town well, having holidayed here frequently and decided to find a quiet spot by the beach to camp for the night and drove to the end of the Esplanade and tucked ourselves into a cozy corner by Banksia Park. We fell asleep after dinner to the sounds of the softly breaking waves. Early next morning a rubbish collection truck came by and we awoke to a bright sunny day.
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Maritza on

Wau! tremendo mal rato, me las imagino y lo sentí un montón, sabiendo lo
cuidadosa que son las dos. Gracias a Dios que pudieron solucionar todo.
Besos y abrazos para las dos, mami
Saben qué? tremenda anècdota para rocordar y contar. De ahora en adelante
cuando necesiten llenar el tanque estarán bien pendiente que sea DIESEL

Cheryl on

Seeing your home on a tow truck really brings home your plight. Glad it is over for you both and you can now relax and enjoy Woodgate.

Frances on

I told you that wine was not good, oops! Happy camping!

Cheryl on

What adventures are you having in Woodgate. Need to know for when next we visit?

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