Sui and I went down to Melbourne on a combination adventure. He needed to move a van load of his possessions from Canberra to Melbourne, and I wanted to do the SCA invest - devest. We took my Ruddbuck$ van down due to it's carry capacity. I have a sweet little Toyota Yaris for day to day driving, and the Toyota Hiace Van for when I need the cubes.
We had just got the van, and Sui's price was paying for the NRMA (car accident service) $50 and the fuel.
We got down okay, seven hours to the outskirt, $150 in fuel, to the plan. I enjoyed the event and the socialising and the good food. I especially enjoyed the treat of getting a free trencher from the cabaple hands (/lathe) of Waldo. Thanks to both Vandal and Wystan for putting me up for Friday and Saturday night. Sui got all of his stuff loaded in the Van on Saturday and made it to the event after all that.
Sui and I left 9am Sunday morning and were making good time. 20 km out of Albury we get a vibration, and both start peering at the road, wondering about the surface. Then there is an almighty bang and we both say "It's not the surface." Traction and drive-ability remain good. I point to a good spot on the side, and Sui says "With that already" and we roll to the verge. And the wheel went rolling by... for about 200 metres, missing all incoming traffic and ending in a field across the road.
We hop out, clearing the brake drum from the road, and then walking across the traffic and fetching the tyre. It was in excellent state other than not being attached to the car :) We then called the NRMA and a tow truck to put it into a workshop. While waiting we called our peeps. Then Sui had the brainwave - hey, we would be first, any chance of a rescue? Luckily there were two chances at least, and it turned out that Stephen and Matilde were able to clear enough space for the two of us, and we got home to Canberra okay. Sui is on Uni holidays at the moment - so next phase will be Sui to get a bus or lift down once it is fixed.
I rarely include photos in my blog, but this deserved two :)