It was the latter which was most important to us. After much time in lay-up followed by a demanding shakedown cruise from Bundaberg, Lydia needed technical attention. The priority was the auto-pilot, which was attended to by Wayne, the local Raymarine rep. All other niggles were addressed and put right.
We took a boat with barred sides up the Adelaide river to meet Brutus the crocodile and a number of his fellow denizens. Brutus merits his name, look him up on Google. I hope seldom to encounter such a mean-looking creature.
Douglas and Simon hired a 4WD car and spent a couple of nights in the Lichfield and Kakadu parks, which they thoroughly enjoyed. They will need to tell their own story. The skipper, having had a crack at the Outback with Nicola in February, and having his list of concerns on the boat, stayed behind.
By Tuesday 4th September we were ready for departure and the re-start of the rally.