I not only walk a kilometer to take a shower but I also walk a kilometer to take a dump. The toilet and shower facilities at the Birkenhead Point Marina are slightly over a half-kilometer from the boat so a round trip excursion takes a solid ten minutes of walking (less if you jog or run). I'm not complaining but I have worked on my timing and I have made the trip up there in some record times. If the weather is hot, though, by the time I get back to the boat, I need another shower.
|The Red Line is the Route We Use From Rutea to the Facilities|
It's been interesting living with an outlet mall in our 'backyard' although, I have to admit, that other than groceries and booze, the only other store I've been inside is the hardware store. I use the ATM more often than I care to discuss but that's partly because everything is so expensive in Australia and the exchange rate we get on our credit cards is terrible. Ruthie and I did have lunch in the food court once and ate pretty good sushi but I haven't been back.
|The Building Was Once a Tire Factory|
Rutea is looking great. She has six coats of Cetol on her cap rail and I've just rewired the 12-volt electrical panel. Her genoa has been repaired and we've ordered a new holding plate for her freezer. The software is going to be updated on her autopilot and we have a new single-side band radio installed. The list goes on and on. She's going to be ready for northern Australia and Indonesia.