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I’MMM BAAACK….

- on Friday, 16 February 2018.

Hi Crew,

Well, my trip back to WA went like clockwork, I picked up a hire car in Perth, drove past the house and picked up my tools, checked my fruit trees and then toddled off to work for 8 days.

I reversed the routine after finishing the work, dropped the hire car off, caught a train to Midland to get a check-up done on my teeth, then Uber’d it to the airport from there. Initially I had intended to swap out my ExtraWheel trailer for my BOB Ibex trailer whilst at home. I did end up taking my ExtraWheel home but whilst at work one day, I thought I’d have a quick look on Gumtree to see what was on offer. Well, true to my arsey form, there was a BOB Ibex, resplendent with a 28 Plus yoke [very hard to get here in OZ!] for the princely sum of 200 bucks. Needless to say, even though I was working my fingers to the bone, I found a thin slither of time to phone the guy, like I dropped everything, told everyone my Mum was dying and I had to make a few calls….. J I told the guy that I’d take it, he insisted it be picked up as he wasn’t going to post it, even though he’d had heaps of offers on it. I didn’t miss a beat and casually said I was out of town but would be back on the 10th. Sweet he said, “I’ll hold it for you”. “Where do you live” I asked. Turns out he was in Avalon, well that’s bloody miles from the city centre. L I had him on speaker and during the conversation I had opened Google maps, found Avalon, discovered Dee Why was a shitload closer and casually said “Mate, I’m in South Sydney, can we meet in Dee Why?” “Yeah, that’ll be sweet, can you bring cash?” So, instead of flying to Melbourne, I flew into Sydney, stayed at the City Central YHA for the first night, had a quick lesson on Sydney Public Transport next morning whilst heading to Dee Why, paid cash and I now have a brand new BOB Ibex worth 700 odd bucks which cost me 200 bucks, a Fastlink ferry and a couple of bus fares…… Upside was I was able to spend a great time with my Daughter that lives in Sydney. It was fab to see her. J

I flew out of Sydney and into Hobart on Monday the 12th, arriving at 5PM. I Uber’d it to the self-storage, which is literally only 5 K’s from the airport, put all my gear together in a tad over an hour and peddled off to the caravan park in Cambridge, which is about 2 K’s from the storage. Total cost of storage was 50 bucks…bargain! It all went like clockwork.

I spent 3 days at the van park. I had to pick up some new spectacles I’d ordered prior to flying out, picked up some mail from the central GPO, had to battle the bloody Derwent Bridge cycleway twice for that! Man, it’s an insane experience in high winds!!!! I also modified, with the help of gear from Bunnings, and fitted a light Iso-Elastic arm to the front carrier for the GoPro. I had had it mailed in from Brisbane, another Gumtree find….  J

This morning I left the van park and headed off to Sorell. From there I headed out to Nugent and then to Buckland and down to Orford. I covered 66 K’s, had to push on one hill as the back road gradients are a little steeper but also scored a sweet 23 Km downhill run. OK, it had a couple of ‘bumps’ in it, but was essentially all downhill! I’ve had a stonkin’ tail wind all day which has been fab! I shot a lot of vid but didn’t take any pics. The Iso-elastic arm is good but there is an issue with the gimbal mount, which causes some vibration. L

I’m in the caravan park at Orford, it’s pretty pricey at 25 bucks a night but I’m sucking the power out of it and charging everything I can. I had thought I may stay here a couple of nights as 66 Tassie K’s after a couple of weeks off is being felt, but at that price, I can’t see that happening. I’ll likely go through to Triabunna tomorrow, it’s only 6 K’s and is a truckload cheaper than here. I just didn’t have it in me to get there tonight.

OK, that’s it for now, stay tuned. I may even find it in me to take some pics…..  J

Here's a link to some pics;

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmaXhGrE

 

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