We shaked and bumped our way along endless corrigations towards Palm Valley on the Mereenie Loop. That was until Myrtle the Turtle decided enough was enough.
I honest-to-God said to Kaz 500m up the road “I need to get under the the car and check all the bolts tonight”… and bang! Out went the whole left wheel and hub assembly. Murphy struck Myrtle!
We were a long way from anywhere. We quickly decided to get the shade out, set up and consider our options. The red mark shows where we were, unsealed road until Hermansburg then another 140km until Alice Springs.
After retrieving our bits strewn up the road and actively working on combating our sympathetic nervous response. We set to work with a plan.
We managed to get the hub back onto the axle with some donor bolts replacing the sheered ones. We were hoping to at least limp it into the next town. Our problem was we just needed a high lift jack…
Thanks to Chris and Russ from “Wanna Lift? Crane Hire” Alice Springs, Myrtle was lifted high enough to get the wheel and tyre on. We of course could not thank them enough and stuggled to find a suitable way to reimburse them… it was all sorted in the end.
We have limped our way into Alice and have spent the day assessing damage. We are now able to have a bit of a laugh and not feel too deflated about the ordeal.