The truck was covered in red dust with crossing the scrub; the tarpaulin cover was shaken that was covering their rehydrated food supplies. They unloaded it and placed it high up in a eucalyptus tree. The tyres of the truck were checked and the oil lamps lit. The heat of the day soon dissipated so they put on some thermal night wear.
They took the five gallon water drum off the truck to fill the water bottles up. They placed the mosquito nets up inside the tents to keep themselves from being bitten then rubbed themselves with Insect repellent before bedding down for the night.
Robert Collected a good supply of firewood before making sure the fire was topped up before going into the tent.
Adoni Bindo led the two men through the darkness. They were on horse back now and had a mule with the equipment they would need to carry the gold they hoped the group they were perusing would lead them to. Rob Johansen a big South African miner with a scar over his face that he sustained in a knife fight in Cape Town asked how far it was to where they had seen the group of men and women. He wore khaki fatigues and dessert boots;
“It’s about three hours from here mister; replied the aborigine bushman.”
Gary Jacob’s sand coloured bush wear. They looked through binoculars as Adoni led them across the bush stealthily without being seen.
It was four o’clock in the morning when they heard the explosion as the tyres of truck was set on fire.
The three men rushed out of the tents to see the truck just a roaring fireball.
The girls came out and asked what had happened.
“I don’t know but this was no accident I can tell you that much.”
Rob’s father grabbed the rifle and asked his son for some shells which he passed to him. Both men loaded the rifles. The heat from the burning car stopped them from salvaging the water they had left on board. Luckily for them that they had taken one of the water drums down from the truck or they would have had no water at all.
Five gallons of water would not last them long out here.
“We may only have enough water for two days if we decide to look for the gold then use what is left to get back or do we try to find a water source. There are trees and animals here and they can only survive with water so there must be some water somewhere.
“I agree with Robert we must try and find water and quickly said Becky.”
“Eleanor disagreed she said that they should stay put and wait for help. That’s what they tell you to do in the guide books.”
James said that they would have to keep a vigil on the remaining water because if that was sabotaged they would have no water at all.
Rob spoke for the first time as he dragged the water can beside a nearby tree.
“Okay everyone; I want you all to drink two litres of water now so that we are hydrated enough to climb. I have been reading this survival book and it tells you where water can be found and how we can utilise the equipment that we have to get water from the branches of trees and from the ground.”