We left Kalumburu and headed south again and back to the Gibb River Rd. It is amazing how fast many people drive on the Gibb. Steve and I drive like Nanny and Pop in comparison. We have Jayco caravans speeding past our “off road” caravan at sometimes double our speed. The amount of dead tyres left on the side of the road is staggering and I guess there would be some people who have shredded a tyre and take their rubbish with them, making the count even higher! This is just a fraction of what we saw on the road. We have now done 27,500 kms and have yet to do a tyre on a dirt rd. I probably should NOT have said that! M
It costs $3500 to tow a car back to civilisation. If you cant afford that, you leave your van or car on the road and it becomes artwork. Shredded tyres are found all along the road. M
The blue prado above was a roll over and all the camping gear was just left on the road. We were told it was two cars travelling together and probably driving too fast. One couple we talked to, saw 3 of these on their 2 weeks on the Gibb! M
On the way we noticed a chain hanging loose underneath the caravan. Not sure how many hours it was under there smashing away but when Steve got under to have a look and saw that there was a problem with one of the shock absorbers. We headed to the only place we could go and that was to Over the Range Tyre repairs about 2 hours away. Neville and Todd were fantastic. They were just the nicest guys that went out of their way to help you. Neville’s wife Leoni was also helpful and their 4 yr old daughter kept me entertained for the 5 hours we were stuck there. M
While Todd was under there he noticed cracks in the chassis. Todd welded these for us.
It could have been 5 hours of hell but Neville and co at Over the Range made it such a positive experience for us and we cannot speak highly enough of them. M
Little did we know that the worn shock absorber had actually caused some more serious damage to the suspension which in turn was continuing to place stress on the chassis. This made it crack again after another 100km or so, but that is the subject for another post. S