Lost the rear wheel nut....... :(
- on Monday, 18 December 2017.
So, today I was up bright and early with the prospect of leaving Devonport and heading towards the North West corner for a bit of a look. I started packing early as I had to be in town early to check the mail and drop into the camera shop for a couple of bits. I went to attach the trailer and to my dismay I discovered the left hand wheel nut had come off. The reason I'd not noticed it is due to the fact that the bike has vertical dropouts as opposed to horizontal ones, these are the things that hold in the axle. I was gutted, to say the least. It effectively stopped me in my tracks. I knew I could ring Bill at Follow My Ride, in West Aus, where I bought them from, but I'd have to wait until 11 o'clock because of the time difference, and then it'd take at least 2 days to get here!! Whilst looking at it, I figured I'd been riding without the nut and all was good, so I might as well make use of the near on 5 hours I had to wait and go for a ride and retrace my steps from the past couple of days. So That I did! I went into town, where the street sweeper was operating, bloody hell I thought, it'll be gone if that bastard has been over it. I carried on towards Bunnings, still looking but not really hopeful, when there in the gutter I spotted my wheel nut. I'd retraced 8 Km's to that point. Super stoked, to put it mildly. I also recovered one washer, but the other, a special locating washer was not to be seen. Too bad, I'm sorta not too stressed out about it!!!!
After that I got my bum back to the caravan park, packed up and headed into town. Bought the gear from the camera shop and visited the PO where there was only 1 of 2 parcel that I expected. The PO people said there would be another delivery at 1 ish, so I waited...... It wasn't in that so I rang the sender in Sydney and got the tracking number, he gave me the incorrect one initially which caused a bit of confusion but I eventually got the correct one and discovered it had been delivered to West Devonport first thing this morning, so off I went. To the sender’s credit, it was addressed corectly so it was Auspost's ballsup. I was starving by this time so went to Woolies and bought some food and eventually left town at 4PM. I had decided to take the quiet road out of town, it is the old highway and it runs through Forth and then on to Ulverston.....parp.....wrong!!!!! It was as busy as hell, with 2 monster hills and absolutely no shoulder........ Anyway, I lived and got to 60 KPH on the downhill run which was a blast. I rode to the Caravan park in Ulverston because it was easy and I'm parked up there now.
The front page pic is of the rear wheel nut how I found it. It's the silver thing in the foreground in the gutter. :)
There is a link to the downhill run below.