200KMS TO "CHECK ENGINE"
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Wednesday Feb. 27, 2013
JOURNEY: Dalmeny, Batemans Bay, Braidwood to Canberra 200kms
WEATHER: Raining to start the day, cloudy and showers in Queanbeyan/Canberra
Well to cut a long story short, the Fiat Service Centre in Bega, just 60kms south of Dalmeny, where we had booked in a check of the van for Tuesday 26th called us to say that their diagnostic machine was out of order and they did not know when it would be repaired- a technician had to come from Sydney!
So our next nearest Fiat Service Centre was 200kms north in Queanbeyan, close to Canberra- so we called them and booked the van for a check up Thursday morning at 8am. So here we are in the Riverside Tourist Park paying $30 per night with power (the rain made the unpowered sites on the banks of the river a bit risky)
The "check engine" warning has been flashing since we left Pretty Beach, and even though the temperature and oil are fine, and this flashing warning has turned out to be no more than a computer glitch on two other occasions, we decide it's better to be safe than sorry.
The drive to Queanbeyan is quite comfortable and we stop at Bateman's Bay, again and then the pretty town of Braidwood on the Kings Highway to Canberra.
We manage to get the last site at the tourist park and then set off to explore the riverside walk and the Riverside Plaza. We buy a barbecued Lillydale chicken from Woolworths and make up a simple salad for dinner, then it is TV, internet and cocooning for a wet night in.
We are at Gulsons Fiat by 8.30 and the courtesy car drops at Mannuka where we indulge in a cafe breakfast for $50. Because of the rain we really don't get to explore the area so find a McDonald's and surf the net!!
By 2pm we get sick of hanging out at Mannuka, so get a taxi back to Gulsons where we note the mechanic is just getting to our vehicle.
By 4pm we discover that the throttle body needs to be replaced and the part will arrive next Tuesday and can be fitted next Wednesday. We already know that Canberra caravan parks are full so decide to go back to Bega for the part to be fitted- Friday week!! Oh dear!
We leave Canberra and spend a restful night at Numeralla River Rest Stop about 20kms north of Cooma- it's 10 degrees when we set ourselves up there. It is a very scenic Rest Stop away from the noise of the Monaro Hwy - we have TV, internet and full phone coverage way out here.
And we sleep solid after a rather unhappy day!