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Preparing for the next adventure.

- on Monday, 14 August 2017.

Two quick points; 1. If you’re visiting from a web search, click on the title of the page and that will open that page and its corresponding gallery. If you’re here from a subscribed email link, the gallery will show at the bottom of the page automatically. 2. If you're viewing on a tablet or iPad, when the page opens all you will see is the top pictures and the heading. Simply scroll down and the text for that entry will appear. It can be a bit confusing initially but once you're used to it, it seems obvious.

Ok folks, I know I've been a bit quiet on here but that's because I've been busy in the shed!

The big plan is to head off to Alice via Warburton and Uluru on my new push bike. In order to go that route and be able to charge the bikes batteries I've opted to carry a small genset. I've had to do some experimentation in regards to gensets and have settled on a Honda EU10i which weighs in at 15Kg with a tank of fuel. [This is what my solar gear weighed in 2015 and man, what a pain in the arse that was. I'm hoping this little gig doesn't go the same way!!] I'll carry another 5/6 L of fuel in a bladder, so total power generation weight will be 16.7Kg MAX. With the Honda I'll be able to charge two batteries at once, hopefully whilst on the move. To this end, I've purchased another 2 batteries, giving me a total of 3. Bloody expensive they were to, 1200 bucks each. Nasty business!!! 

In order to carry the genset fuel, landscape camera, drone and all the other shite I have, I've had to do some serious re-engineering on the Tout Terrain Mule trailer. This turned into a drama but I got through it and finished today. Big happiness!!!!  :)

I still have to do a few odds n ends but the end is in sight and I hope to be leaving Muka in a weeks’ time.

I've opened an account with Flickr to drop the pics of this trip into. I didn't realise Google pics required people to sign up for an account. Can someone who doesn't have a Flickr account drop a comment in the comments verifying that an account for Flickr isn't required to view the pics? Ta.

Next up, I would appreciate it if some of you could make a few comments, even if it's only to tell me I'm a lazy bastard and should be hooking out 200K's a day. It takes a bit to keep up one of these blogs and it would be nice to know people are following, otherwise I may just as well not bother. Ta.

The pics in the Flickr link below are not in order, I only just dumped them in there tonight. TBH, I don't know how to put them in any order but hopefully I'll be uber organized in future and it won't be an issue. They should all have descriptions on them though.

Hover the pointer over the link, right click, hit "Open in new Tab" and you're on your way!!  :)

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2yr8MC

I'll still pop up an image here for each new entry and I'll also create a gallery for each new entry here as the gallery pictures here are downsized so that people with pre-paid / slow data connections are able to view them. I'm not sure how Flickr works in that respect.

Al

Comments (11)

  • Mongrel

    Mongrel

    16 August 2017 at 13:20 | #

    You are a lazy bastard!!!!

    I got in first. Best of luck mate.

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    • Me [Alan]

      Me [Alan]

      19 August 2017 at 00:36 | #

      Mate, at least I"m NOT sitting around 3D printing dohicky whatsits for the doover. Steel is real man, and I'm building out of it...... haha

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  • Me

    Me

    17 August 2017 at 09:03 | #

    Mate, at least I"m NOT sitting around 3D printing dohicky whatsits for the doover. Steel is real man, and I'm building out of it...... haha

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  • martin

    martin

    18 August 2017 at 02:07 | #

    phar out!!!!

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    • Me [Alan]

      Me [Alan]

      19 August 2017 at 00:33 | #

      HaHa, during the last gig, the dismal failure which was the BNT, I had a greeting on my answering service of the phone which went something along these lines. ".Blah blah blah....I'm hiking on the BNT, there's one word that sums up the whole experience perfectly....PPPHHHHAAAARRRRKKKKKK...... Leave a message!!!!!! " :) I wonder if this'll be the same??????

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  • Ian

    Ian

    18 August 2017 at 10:38 | #

    Your pictures open fine in Flickr (I don't have an account).

    When I open your site on an iPad, all I see is a full screen photo, the box over the top asking to subscribe, and a navigation arrow down the bottom right allowing to go left and right. That seemed to be all there was on the site.
    It was quite a while (and I gave up a couple of times) before I realised that I had to push (on the iPad) the picture up to get to the actual page content. Easy once you know, but not obvious... Just to let you know.

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    • Me [Alan]

      Me [Alan]

      19 August 2017 at 00:25 | #

      Hey Ian, Thanks for the feedback. Mate, I jumped on my tablet [don't worry, I've reinforced it so it didn't break.!!] and had the same experience. As you say, as soon as I swiped down, the written content appeared. I also discovered if I tapped on the pic, it put it into manual mode, i.e. it stopped scrolling and stayed on the one pic. I could then swipe to either the left or right, revealing the other pics one at a time. I'll put a bit of a blurb in the next post about this for future tablet / iPad users.
      Once again, cheers mate.

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  • Steve L Muka

    Steve L Muka

    24 August 2017 at 00:50 | #

    If the geni can run on the go there needs to be leads attached to the rider then you might get 200kms a days. Might see you in the shop before you go

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    • Me [Alan]

      Me [Alan]

      24 August 2017 at 10:55 | #

      Mate, I don't need to be hooked up to pump out a measly 200 K's a day..... )

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  • shell

    shell

    12 November 2017 at 08:21 | #

    hi Al,

    Seems to me your geinius is being wasted out there in the scrub....

    maybe you could patent some of your wondrous insanities!!!

    P.S. ztill waiting for the amazung drone shots of the country

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  • Me [Alan]

    Me [Alan]

    17 November 2017 at 10:02 | #

    Hi Shelly,
    Hope all is well with you. :) All is well here.
    The drone shots may not happen, the drone, batteries and charger all add up to a total of 6Kg, which pushes me over the limit. Not to mention the physical size of it all!!!
    I'm still working out how to get it all on the bike / trailer.

    Cheers.
    Al.

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