4 weeks and counting
Trip preparation with only 4 weeks to go is great fun. So much to do with so little time left and new “issues” coming up daily. Found a rattling noise in the engine which scared us both and then the mechanic fixed it for $20. Loving this change of luck. As my cousin put it last night, 15 years ago we would have thought $20 will fix it only to be charged $2500.
House is a mess with boxes everywhere as we started packing this week.
Installed a CB radio, Sat Nav, fire extinguisher and got the car serviced ready to go.
Tested our 130ah deep cycle battery pack by running 80ltr fridge on it and the results were impressive. 50% battery utilization in 3.5 days. Now testing the solar panel to charge the battery – so far so good.Camping with Solar Power – Guide from Hema
Started packing the trailer up to see how everything will fit and decided to leave the second annex at home to save space. It took some effort but the wheel lock is finally on (Thanks Dad). Most of the items that will not be used all year have been sold on ebay Items on sale and the rest being packed away.
We completed kids school registration for distance learning as well as Oten registration for my Diploma in IT Project Management. Plan is to study for 2-3 hours every morning before starting our journey. Speaking of journey, last night we starting discussing (again) if we should go to Cape York between May & August which means cutting inland from Alice Springs to Cape York and back into Kimberley. We have not decided the whole trip and don’t intend to either as I am sure things will change along the way anyways. For the moment, the first 2 weeks have been planned which takes us to Coober Pedy via Oodnadatta track.
A few things still left to do and 1 of the main items on our “to-do” list is to sell our second car as that will be our emergency money. Without it, our risk factor increases dramatically. Lets see how the next 4 weeks unfold.