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Also spracht Lauriethustra! Got your packing done yet?
Working on it. Nearly finished fitting a water tank under the ute tray.
Still to service the caravan.
Need to get the cameras and laptop all set and ready to go. Got a bamboo pole for my external aerial for the modem.
Spent yesterday map building. I have a mapping programme and downloaded the data. Once I have the first map styled, I can save and use the same styling for each map sheet.
How do you protect all that expensive gear from the dust? Get's everywhere!
When I go on the bike it's not only the dust, it's also the rattles and bumps and I don't have much protection if it rains.
The laptop and it's accessories go in a backpack. I attach the charger to a 12V plug on the bike and charge as I go along.
Cameras go in their camera bags inside a foam lined steel box on the rear rack.
External aerial lives in a cardboard tube strapped across the top of the box on the front rack. The solar charger also goes there, wrapped in foam and usually my coat goes there too.
Satellite phone, wrapped in bubble wrap, goes in the front box, which is foam lined.
But on this trip, in the ute, I have a canopy on the ute with a big toolbox inside the canopy for all the delicate stuff.
You'd never buy a second hand camera or laptop from me, huh!
So you're in the ute this trip eh. No need for extra bum padding for the bike then!
When are you planning to leave?
The bike is pretty comfortable, actually. Soft suspension for uneven ground.
Leaving 24 July so still time to get organised.
Plan to camp the first night by the Murrumbidgee river between Narrandera and Hay, next night beside the Murray near Mildura.
Then heading north to Mungo National Park in Willandra Lakes Heritage Area:
Then north west to Menindee Lakes:
Then further west to Broken Hill and Silverton. That's where we'll leave civilisation and roads, to follow the dog fence for about 500km, north to Cameron's Corner, the junction of New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.
I'm keen to photograph and tell stories in some of the great and famous national parks in order to get some good keywords and so get some traffic.
That's one of my big troubles: I go on some great adventures, way out where nobody goes, but nobody's searching on these places.
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