We hear that someone special to the Vintage Adventurer team is having a birthday today - our friend and co-driver, Don Snyder, Snyder's Antique Auto, from the 2016 Great Rattler Run between Tasmania and Cape York. Don also participated in the Desert Rattler Run from Steep Point in Western Australia, to Byron Bay on the east coast. Unfortunately he couldn't make it for the most recent trip, but he was with us in spirit. Happy Birthday Don! As you can see, we were wondering where you were!
Tonight The Rattler will finally sleep the night tucked away in her favourite workshop, back home on the Gold Coast. This morning we made the short drive down from Maryborough, arriving back home before lunch. It certainly helps when you're up at 5 am and out the driveway at 6 am! As usual, the last day of one of my adventures is filled with the excitement of seeing my family again, and the sadness that we are leaving so many amazing places behind. Right now, I'm sure someone is out there camping in the middle of the Simpson Desert, just as someone else is packing the car ready to go hit the CREB in the morning. Perhaps one day, you too will be lucky enough to see these amazing places for yourself, and I really do hope that my posts inspire someone, somewhere, to get in the drivers' seat and go explore for yourself. Whether it's in your prized vintage car or your late model 4x4, so many things that seem all too hard are really not that hard at all. And if you don't take the plunge, or you put it off too long, you're missing out on some of the most amazing landscapes you will find anywhere in the world! Don't just look at the pictures and dream ... go explore your own neck of the woods. Hopefully, I'll see you there one day!
Before I sign off, I really want to thank my backup team for all their hard work and hours and hours of driving. Without them all, it would not have been possible to take this show on the road. To my camera crew, Ben Sherlock and Rhett Cutrell, I'm so thankful for your dedication and skill. I can't wait to share my journey with you all, and this just wouldn't be possible without these guys.
As we get closer to home, the old girl is trying her best to keep it together and make it to the finish line. She's done a valiant job of getting me this far, but she let go of another shock absorber today, and now she's rocking like a boat down highway one! After travelling more than 7,000 kms, maybe this is her way of getting back at me! At one point, she was coughing and farting her way up a hill, so I pulled over and found the battery almost flat. The radiator overflow hose had come loose and jammed the alternator drive belt. If the belt can't move, the battery won't charge. Thankfully, this was only a small problem and she was up and running again in no time. All up, travelling time was about 10.5 hours, with less than an hour of stops. And we are all rugging up once again, cause heading south down here in Aus can only mean one thing ... winter is coming.