- on Sunday, 10 September 2017.
OK, so it's been busy here at Adventure Central, where we fix all sorts of f**** up's, just for shits n giggles........
The last four days have been spent redesigning the trailer. I chopped the front and rear of the Mule off and grafted the front and rear of a BOB [which stands for Beast Of Burden] trailer. The BOB donor was an old unit that has been "retired" and was meant for parts. I had the correct yoke for bigger tyres which was a bonus as they cost a bomb to post over from the USA, and then there's the waiting time as well. The BOB unit pulls off the rear axle, thus keeping the centre of gravity a lot lower and hopefully, under control with the weight I'm towing. I should have done it right from the start but I'd heard good things about the Mule, still, I suppose they weren't towing so much weight.
I've used a donor wheel from my MonoWalker because I had it here and it was easy. It's a 4" wide by 20" diameter tyre so I'm hoping it'll fare a little better than the plow disc I was towing when I set off originally!!
I'm really hoping this'll work as I'm keen to get back on the road.
I'm not going to head out to Alice now as the temps will be on the rise. Getting there will be OK, but getting out won't be particularly pleasant. For this reason, I've decided to head down the back roads to Esperance and then, if all is going well, I'll head out to Israelite Bay and along to the Great Australian Bight, onto the old Eyre Telegraph line and eventually come out on to the Eyre Highway around Caiguna. That's all dependent on whether the rig goes OK on the beach with the 3" bike tyres. If not, I'll go up to Balladonia and across the Eyre Hwy to the East.
I have also bought the required parts for raising the handlebars as I was suffering from sore hands after only a few hours cycling. I purposely kept the mountain bike position for when I reach the Great Divide but hell, that's a shitload of K's away and I figure, why suffer on the way there. I can always drop the height once / if I get there!!!
Right, that's about it for the minute, stay tuned to Adventure Central, AM 101...... :)
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