Wow the past two months have flown by. We have had a great time getting Zircons and now Garnett and Iolite and Epidote. The country out here is very beautiful and the weather has been quiet pleasant even a little too warm at times. Nights get very cold and down into the minuses but all in all not too bad if you come prepared.
We had travelled about 200km along the Plenty H way before trouble started to appear in the form broken water pump and boiling engine. We managed to get off the main road and up a side track to do some repairs. (Luckily we had a spare water pump) It took Adj a day and a half to fit it and get the car going again and then it was very slow going. A very nice grader man gave us a tow back to his camp which was about 10km away. This took us an hour to get there. We topped up with water and started a very slow limp back towards Gem Tree Caravan Park, stopping every 2 km to top everything up with water jumping in and making a dash for the next two km.