Hold on to your hat.......
- on Saturday, 26 August 2017.
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Well folks, it's about to happen! I'm going to getting of my sad and sorry arse and peddling out of here into the rising sun...... well maybe, the above pic is of this morning, it didn’t clear until about 9:30am
Today is Saturday, the day I had planned to leave, however..... a bit of a spanner got thrown in the works yesterday in that a drone I had bought on E-bay in Switzerland, turned up on my doorstep. I already have one of the same drones, a follow me drone called an AirDog, trouble is, with mine I only had 1 battery and that gave me an in air time of.....tun nun nunaa....9 minutes 6 seconds..... and there was no way I was dragging 4Kg's of weight with me for a 9 minute flight time, hence purchasing the drone from Switzerland, it had 5 batteries in total and seeing as the Airdog shop had no batteries in stock, it seemed like the sensible thing to do!!! However, once it left Switzerland, it dropped off the planet and as I couldn’t track it, I didn't think it was going to turn up and I wasn't waiting around for it. Of course, it turning up had me re-evaluating the whole drone thing, Now I have 4 good batteries [2 of the Swiss ones were DOA. :( [plus I could now see my 3K's worth of drones, which had I not been able to, I'd happily have ridden off and thought "To hell with the bloody drones" So, I unpacked it, test flew it, charged the good batteries, sorted out prudent spare parts and then had to find somewhere to put the bucket of snot on the bike! I literally have no room on the trailer. I came up with a simple quick fix rack on the drawbar. Pics below. So now I have, with all the new batteries and 2 chargers, 6 Kg of extra weight, still, looking at the upside, I have ~40 minutes of flying time. All of the above took until lunch time today, needless to say I’m staying right here until tomorrow!!!! I figure if by Alice Springs, it’s not had much use or isn’t giving me the results I’m hoping for, I can either sell it or post it home.
Right, so that’s the drone, you won’t hear about that again, until it goes wrong……..
So, where am I actually going I hear you ask.
The overall plan: From Muka to Alice Springs for the first leg, then, should I not expire on THAT leg, I’ll head off to Adelaide via Oodnadatta, Blinman and The Mawson Trail. Should I not expire on THAT leg…. I shall whizz over to Melbourne and head up to Cooktown via the BNT [or as close as practical, given the weight I have on the bike and trailer]. Should I not expire on THAT leg, I’ll quite likely ride home from Cooktown via Alice Springs. Now, if I haven’t learnt to stay away from bicycles and trailers after all of that, I guess there’s no hope for me is there?……..
The immediate plan; Leave Mukinbudin and head to Elachbutting Hill. From there head along a very small bush track to the Mt Jackson Road. I’ll follow that up to the Bullfinch – Evanston Road, then up through the Die Hardy Range and on to the Lake Barlee – Youanme Road. I’ll turn East on the Youanme Rd and head into Menzies. From Elachbutting Hill to the Bullfinch road is a bit isolated but once on the Bullfinch road there’ll be semi-regular traffic as there are some mining operations up that way.
The above is about 400 K’s by road, with near on no water. The road conditions range from sandy to very sandy….. To tell you the truth, the roads are normally in good nick, providing there hasn’t been a lot of rain. I anticipate it’ll take me a good 6 to 7 days to cover that stretch. There is no mobile coverage at all out there that I know of, so there’ll be no updates en-route until Menzies.
Prior to leaving Elachbutting Hill I’ll refill my water, of which I can carry 18L of, from a dam.
When I hit Menzies, I’ll update the next route section.
OK, ding ding, long load passing on the right, thaaaankyou…..