Re-boot 2024
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by antc1946
1w ago
I’ve had a quiet 2024 so far cycling-wise. Now to re-boot and get cycling. I completed the 6 week Efudix treatment on Sunday and my head is already calming down. There is a fair bit of dead skin to come off yet hopefully with the dreaded solar keratosis ! In the down-time I painted the camper trailer. I reported in the last blog that I had found a primer which helps attach paint to plastic. Not sure if it is working as adding the varnish seemed to remove some paint! Time and use will tell. Crazy Daisy in full colour !The lower folding section is now greenGetting there That’s two coats of acryl ..read more
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Halfway
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by antc1946
1M ago
Yes, halfway through the Efudix solar keratosis treatment and still managing a ride or two. The helmet / treatment don’t go well together so riding is limited. It’s a new year and I got to thinking about years passed, relating them to various trikes and various trike batteries. I was surprised when I realised I had been using my oldest battery for 4 years last December. Yes, it’s 4 years since I swapped out Bluey’s 750w motor for a legal 250w version.  (As an aside – So, when did I start recumbent triking – um – well, 5 years come May. That’s a while back.) My second oldest battery is approx 3 ..read more
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Welcome to 2024
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by antc1946
1M ago
I wonder what’s in store for my cycling journey in 2024. In 2023 I lost my way a bit. I didn’t feel any pressure to get out and ride so the number of kilometres cycled is way down compared to previous years. In 2024 I intend to rectify this. I reckon cycling helps to limit ones need to interact with the health system as does walking, providing benefits both mental and physical. So, I’ve set a target for myself to help push me out the door. A minimum of 77-78 kilometres of cycling per week plus 15 k of trail walking. Why 77-78 kilometres? Well, that’s simple – it’s my age for this year. Cycling ..read more
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A “Missing Link” ready to ride
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by antc1946
2M ago
Not “The” missing link but one more link in the proposed Tasmanian NW Coastal Pathway from Latrobe to Wynyard. The new link is a sizeable piece of shared pathway linking Don to Leith. From Leith, use of quiet roads gets you to the existing pathway into Ulverstone making it possible to cycle from Latrobe to Ulverstone on shared pathways and a stretch or two of quiet roads. 30 kilometres altogether. There’s quite a bit more of it finished or being developed but most is not linked up for any distance as yet. It will be a while before the entire 110 kilometres can be ridden. Anyway, today I will b ..read more
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A Trip to Liffey Falls – Day 3
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by antc1946
2M ago
It was time to go home. First – an apology. Hardly any still images taken today but there is video footage from the day at the end. It was another great night in the Beriault Camper. Now the teething troubles are over it’s all working very well with enough room for sleeping, space to store stuff and a comfortable doorway to sit in and get changed etc. It’s pretty comfortable reading while leaning against a cushion which, in turn, is up against the back wall. All this in the towable B(eriault) B(icycle) C(amper) No. 5. I haven’t yet tried bringing the chair in and sitting in it. This will need ..read more
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A trip to Liffey Falls – Day 2
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by antc1946
2M ago
This will be a different type of cycling blog entry – no cycling! After a good night’s sleep I awoke around 6am and was drawn out of the camper by the idea of a cup of tea. I’m finding out how to use the sleeping compartment at night. Everything is OK except my right arm wasn’t lying comfortably. This is the shoulder that had bursitis in it on two of my previous trips to this campsite and it still tends to be a little annoying. I tried using the clothes bag in the slide out to bring the floor height up to that of the air pad, then rest my arm on it. This idea worked like magic. Little changes ..read more
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Wagons Roll .. Back Home
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by antc1946
3M ago
Deloraine to Longford Spring 2023 – the return trip. I had a reasonable nights sleep in the camper. It was warm enough with the quilt and I used the mosquito net in the doorway. This is still a thing of trial – netting with magnets to attach to metal which has been duct taped to the door frame. The magnets clump together when the netting isn’t on the door so it was hard to re-attach after a small hours exit for a pee. It’s one of two parts of the trailer not quite right. The second is the height of the door. I keep scraping my head against the top. The height can’t be changed so it’s up to me ..read more
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Beriault Bicycle Camper No. 5 – Wagons Roll ………..
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by antc1946
3M ago
Beriault Bicycle Camper No 1 – the original. Yes, it’s time for the second trip with No. 5. Colin has finished mods to his teardrop so we are both heading to Deloraine for an S36O (Sub 36 hour overnight) ride. Even though we will not be trekking across the plains of the mid-west USA, I shall use the oft repeated words from the TV series “Wagon Train” .. “Wagons …. Roll !!“ The weather has been most unspringlike for the past week or so. Light winds, sunny, cool overnight but mid 20s (°C) by midday. It’s like we had a month of Spring in September and then jumped straight into early Summer. Of co ..read more
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Beriault Bicycle Camper Changes – a short post
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by antc1946
4M ago
The beginnings of the bicycle camper back in May, it’s come quite a way. We are now into modifications of the finished product. Colin modified his bicycle camper and I’ve worked on mine since the trip to Quamby, so let’s see how we’ve done. Collins changes were significant. He moved the wheels from inside the cabin to outside to give hime more room inside. He also reduced the wheel size to 16″ to lower the centre of gravity. He then re-purposed a Vango tent awning to work as his trailer awning. My changes were minor to make things work better for the Tasmanian Beriault Bicycle Camper (BBC) now ..read more
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So – How did the Tasmanian built Beriault Bicycle Camper go?
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by antc1946
5M ago
It was cool overnight. Around 3am I was at the point where you know you are a bit cold but not cold enough to do anything about it. Then the need to pee arrives and you curse that evening Guinness! Before retiring I had placed my clothing along with other bits and pieces on the shelves (yes, plural) in the camper, so I knew exactly where my “puffer” jacket was without needing to light up the night. Getting out the door, donning the jacket and exiting was much easier than getting out of a tent. The trailer was proving very easy to live in. The night sky was a picture – if only I could find the ..read more
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