Becoming locals in Kimba, Australia
The seal of the bottom bracket that broke pieces was not a simple solution as we thought it would have been, so now we are stuck in Kimba! Personally I could not wait to get here and took a photo at the Australia halfway sign, but I guess we would see a bit more of Kimba that we actually had in mind.
Kimba is a small, quiet town with almost no traffic and a population of less than 1000. They have a post office, hotel, bottle shop (liquer store), two hardware shops, take away restaurant, pharmacy, butchershop, small IGA food market, small school and a police office…. With…. ONE policeman! And wait for it…. The police officer is on leave so at the moment there is not a policeman in town! Still wish it can be like this back in South Africa.
We picked out the only soft green grass, right next to the benches in the Lion’s Park to pitch our tents to get as comfy as possible. We knew we would be here for at least three days…. yet again that is what we thought before we knew the facts.
To be honest, not one of us two knew what was the exact part called that broke, and somehow needed to find out. The funny thing was that as we entered Kimba we realized that Vodafone don’t have any reception from this area, only Telstra! Now we sat in a small town, no cellphone, no internet, no bicycle shop and it was weekend…. and after a while discovered that Monday was a public holiday!
We started to work on a plan to somehow get the bicycle part. We started to talk to a few locals and the word quickly spread that there was two touring cyclists in town that had a problem with their bikes. It was not very long before we met Avril as he came to our tents to greet us. He said he had some bicycles in at his house and we can have a look if there is a part on one of them we can use. In the end there was no part and he said we can use his internet if we needed to.
We started to google the problem and trying to figure out what part of the bicycle it was that broke…. funny to say this, as we are on a bicycle trip around 7 continents. After about an hour of googling parts we found out that we wont be able to only replace the seal on the bottom bracket but need to replace the whole unit. We knew we had to get the part from a bigger city and after considering that I hitch hike back to Adelaide or Port Augusta, we desided to call Ulrich’s father that is living in Perth and maybe he will be able to find the part we need and send it to us.
The one rest day in Kimba quickly became four to six days as we had to wait until Monday to start and organize to get the part to Kimba.
Rob, an friendly elderly man that was looking after the Lions Park came past on Sunday and ask if we wanted to have a bit of a tour through the town. This was quite nice as we still have not been to some parts of the small town. He drove us around town showing us the new part of town, golf course, lookout point, Eyre Sculptures and footy field. Rob is a great guy and every traveler that decides to take a rest in Kimba should make sure to meet this friendly man.
Avril and his wife (Anita) was so nice and they said we could use their internet whenever we want to and can charge our electronics at the house. Avril gave his phone to us as we tried to get everything sorted with Ulrich’s father in Perth to get the right bottom bracket and speed post it to Kimba. The funny thing was that we found out, only on Monday, that it was only a public holiday in South Australia and not in Western Australia! So we will save a whole day as Ulrich’s father can now look for the part and send it earlier.
As we were heading into the Nullarbor, we decided to get a spare chain, just in case we needed the extra one. Ulrich’s father helped us so much and by the end of Monday the spares were on the way towards Kimba.
Now it was a waiting game! Very frustrating but we could not do anything else at this point. At least we had the time to trim our beards, do some washing, repacking our bags (again), through away a few more things and gave our bicycles another quick service…
Avril and Anita invited us to join them for dinner on Tuesday night. They said we gonna have a barbecue and that is the perfect thing any South African wants to hear :). We arrived at their place at 6pm and Avril gave us a few beers as we talked and discussed so many things about our trip. We got to meet his two children Frazer and Ellen, Avril’s mother and Anita’s father. Throughout the night we also met some other people as they came and went. It felt as I was home with so many people around us just as I grew up. Friendly people talking, discussing, laughing and enjoying each other company.
The barbecue was magnificent!!!! Steaks, sausages, salads and potato bake! This was yet again something that is a huge unexpected luxury on our journey through Oz. Yet again it shows how great people can be and try to help as you travel through their country. We had an absolute great night and we chatted until almost 12 as Avril kept our glasses full of bourbon and coke.
The few days in Kimba has been great and we have met so many awesome locals around town.
The bottom bracket finally arrived today and we started to fix it straight away!! We will finally be back on the road tomorrow morning every early and tey to make up the time we lost in Kimba.
Kimba had been such a nice town and we loved the local people! If you ever drive through Kimba make sure you take time to meet some of this great people over here