And it’s begun….

Leaving to cross the Nullabor Desert by bike(written by Melinda) Eddie left yesterday morning.  He had planned to leave around 9.00, however his first departure with the fully laden bike showed an alarming wobble in the third wheel.  There followed two hours of googling, tweaking, repacking, re-googling, re-tweaking and more repacking.  He finally left just before 11.00am.

I estimate his bike is carrying around 90kg of supplies, and that’s without all his water containers filled.  They’ll be filled once he starts across the desert, however while he’s still around civilisation it’s not necessary.

Yesterday he didn’t make it as far as planned.  The late start, the really heavy bike, unexpected long and high hills, plus continuing issues with the third wheel meant he only reached the outskirts of Perth before needing to stop for the night.  We’ll see how he goes today with the third wheel and if the issues continue we’ll probably have to replace it with some other kind of trailer.

D-Day minus 1

A quick check of the BOM website:

Monday 1 September

Min 7
Max 20
Partly cloudy.

Perth area

Partly cloudy. Isolated showers about the southern suburbs during the evening. Winds easterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the middle of the day.

So far so good, will look out the window in the morning.

Don’t forget that I have a Donation page at Soldier On.  If you are quick you can be the first 😉

Jobs left.

Somehow cram everything I want to take into my panniers, I need one of Hermoine’s bottomless bags.

And yes the bike handles like a tank now. I’m aiming for the camping ground at Eadine Springs Rest Area, about 15 km past the Baker’s Hill Bakery mmmmm pies.


Also have a page going over at Crazy Guy On A Bike’s website.