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On the Road Again


These are to be regarded as lifestyle shots and not to be taken too seriously.
By removing the Pulsar's front passenger seat it was possible to convert it into a
sort of mini mobile home for a month long 7,000/8,000km solo tour of the outback.
1.

The trip began last Friday at 6:00AM, a bitterly cold morning in Wangaratta. The first night in this sleek silver shell was spent 30km north of Temora where
the overnight temperature fell to minus 3 degrees Celsius as you can see by the ice on the windscreen. The olive coloured sheet on the bed is a space blanket
which on the underside is a metallic silver coating that insulates the feather down sleeping bag. The laptop is supported by a cantilevered table off the front seat.
0600hrs, time to get up, have breakfast, tidy the car, do one's ablutions and hit the road.
2.
The circular bag behind it contains an ingenious tent that when removed from the bag erects itself in just three seconds.
However, getting it back in the bag isn't quite so easy - until you get the hang, it's probably quicker to fold a parachute.
3.

Towns out here in the Outback are mostly 150 miles apart and I have been clocking up an average of 250 miles each day. The roadside scrub
completely obscures the Pulsar from the highway only 50 metres away. The green net "sock" on the rear window is to keep mozzies and midges out.
4.

At this time of year the red landscape is dry and pleasantly sunny and warm, 20'c - 26'c in this region
although it will get hotter when I enter the Northern Territory, still nearly 600 miles away.
5.
Cellphone and Internet coverage is flaky out here, available only in the larger towns.
So if you breakdown motorists help each other out by contacting the Royal Automobile Club to which I am a member.
They send a roadside assistance unit to wherever you are. There's a depot in every town in Australia.
If it can't be fixed within three working days then RAC arrange to have your car towed or shipped home.
Or if it's a write off they'll pay for accommodation and travelling expenses up to a set limit.
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Re: On the Road Again

Your a brave man Mark & my daughter is brave too now up in north east Arnhem Land. She is on a very remote location up there & faced with the challenges of filling in for another teacher up there.

I'm afraid you won't catch me stepping out like that!



BTW, does your car still read MPH?
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Re: On the Road Again

Mark, such an intrepid explorer you are I love hearing of your outback holidays and shall keep looking out for more en route'

Take care

PS I have learned that Mossies do NOT LIKE MOVING AIR ... so keep the ceiling fan on all night = cooler in the bedroom and no massive mossie bites on me in the mornings
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Mark, such an intrepid explorer you are I love hearing of your outback holidays and shall keep looking out for more en route'

Take care

PS I have learned that Mossies do NOT LIKE MOVING AIR ... so keep the ceiling fan on all night = cooler in the bedroom and no massive mossie bites on me in the mornings
A mosquito net is far better though. Those annoying zzzzzzzzzzz's around the ear at night is disturbing & on the rare occasion I've caught the blighter or I turn on the light with dogged determination to catch & squash it, but it is most disconcerting having caught it & thinking it wasn't going to fly again & for it to take off again on opening my hand.
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Re: On the Road Again

Ross for sure a mossie net is better ... but I get tangled up in the one hanging over our bed ... and look like a Ghost going to the loo at night ... and SCARE NICK !

I like the idea of the mossie net on the car window though

PS I splat them in my hand and then open the hand and ... off it flys GRRR so annoying ...
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Ross for sure a mossie net is better ... but I get tangled up in the one hanging over our bed ... and look like a Ghost going to the loo at night ... and SCARE NICK !

I like the idea of the mossie net on the car window though

PS I splat them in my hand and then open the hand and ... off it flys GRRR so annoying ...
And it is satisfying squashing the 'bloody' ones too.

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Re: On the Road Again

Ross, waste not - I put them with flys and bees in a pot, then empty the pot for the Frogs in the pond ECO upcycling and a free lunch for the frogs

ps you could put them out for the birds too
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The circular bag behind it contains an ingenious tent that when removed from the bag erects itself in just three seconds.
However, getting it back in the bag isn't quite so easy - until you get the hang, it's probably quicker to fold a parachute.
Mark, I had one of those tents - just the once. I couldn't get the darned thing back in its bag so I burned it.

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Ross, waste not - I put them with flys and bees in a pot, then empty the pot for the Frogs in the pond ECO upcycling and a free lunch for the frogs

ps you could put them out for the birds too
Could be a new thread - 1000 uses for a dead Mosquito.
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Have a great trip Mark. Hats off to you...I balk at driving across the UK let alone planning 1000's of miles. But it sounds an amazing adventure and looking forward to seeing all the photos!
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Mark, I had one of those tents - just the once. I couldn't get the darned thing back in its bag so I burned it.


Could be a new thread - 1000 uses for a dead Mosquito.
Stephen, I leave that "thread" to you for starters
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Mark, I had one of those tents - just the once. I couldn't get the darned thing back in its bag so I burned it.
That was one way to reduce it's size, Stephen.
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Have a great trip Mark. Hats off to you...I balk at driving across the UK let alone planning 1000's of miles. But it sounds an amazing adventure and looking forward to seeing all the photos!
Thanks Anne. The distances are enormous, the road ahead is often arrow strait for hundreds of Kms,
seemingly empty yet full of life and awesomely breathtaking in its immensity.

What I'm doing doesn't compare to the enormity of Sandra's journey.
She's in Far North Queensland (FNQ) and isn't telling me anything much I'm afraid. She refuses to talk more than a few minutes on the phone.
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Mark, such an intrepid explorer you are I love hearing of your outback holidays and shall keep looking out for more en route'
Thanks Chevvy but not so intrepid.
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PS I have learned that Mossies do NOT LIKE MOVING AIR ... so keep the ceiling fan on all night
I'm not sure that Mark's car has one of those......
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do one's ablutions and hit the road.
Seems a bit primative, Mark. Couldn't you do it under a bush or something?

Jokes apart, that sounds a fantastic trip and I will follow your accounts with interest.
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