We arrived in QLD on Friday morning. The next Monday I drove Elmer to his damage assessment. He was moved from there to a different repairer and for a while it looked like he would actually be repaired, which was great news.
Unfortunately the cost of repairing our wonderful truck was more than his listed value, so we said goodbye two weeks later. The staff at the centre were quite understanding of our emotional attachment, with one fellow saying that he'd owned a car for 31 years before it was written off in an accident.
We bought Elmer in October 2010. His odometer then read 290,200 and when we fare-welled him he'd done 420,000. How good is that?! Nearly 130,000 km of adventures (and a few misadventures as well but they are equally important in our family history)! We'll definitely miss the Fudd Truck but Nick is searching for a suitable successor and we hope to be exploring again - soon. Fingers crossed!