Well we arrived back in Albany yesterday to pick up the truck after a two month rebuild of the gearbox –a part had to freighted from Italy. Our aim was to resume our holiday and head for Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Not to be the **###**mechanics were more than happy for us to drive off into the sunset…. but they did highlight to us that the fellow who actually rebuilt the gearbox placed a disclaimer that the truck’s computer had to be reprogrammed to calibrate the gearbox after the rebuild. What to do mechanics happy for us to drive off —gearbox rebuilder not happy at all.

Well after five phone calls attempting to gather enough information to make an informed decision, and locate the closest Iveco Service Centre that had the software to reprogram the computer, we set off for Diesel Force, Bunbury a 71/2 hour round trip from Albany.

Well all was not that bad about today, we were able to explore other places in this wonderful State. We drove through the Frankland River wine area this morning. Extremely picturesque, vineyards, orchards, olive groves, and cattle and sheep grazing.

 Bunbury had beautiful old limestone cottages combined with modern contemporary architecture. The waterfront had long sandy beaches with a good surf break, we lunched at a waterfront cafe, and admired the scenery.

 The town centre had a wide tree lined boulevard that complimented the federation architecture

On the way home we went through Collie, Collie is a large mining town and a centre for open cut coal mines. We could have spent a day in Collie exploring it’s museums and art galleries, looked an extremely interesting town.

With the sun setting behind us we drove through backroads lined with pastures and native vegetation that had a magical orange hue.

The roads travelled throughout the day well paved, Mel would give them a 7/10. The Goldfields highway was a great road and extremely scenic, it would have been a great route to follow


Cheers Mel & Chris