Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

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Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby recumbenteer » Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:57 pm

G'day all,

Just a quick note to the 'Bent crowd, (and a shameless plug for support :mrgreen: )

I'm about to attempt a 'Ride Across Australia' in my Trisled Rotovelo, from Perth to Sydney. 8)

I've set up a blog if you're interested in what I'm up to.... (see link below) feel free to have a read.

Interest in my ride has also prompted me to fundraise for Legacy.


As I'm doing this as unpaid leave from work, any support for either Legacy or myself will be gracefully accepted. :)


So say "G'day" if you see me out on the tracks, getting my last few km's training, before I set off from Fremantle on Monday April 7, 2014.

regards,
Marky D. 8)

I'll be in town from April 3.
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby John Lewis » Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:40 pm

Hi Mark,
Good to see you have posted here.
I had posted your blog link and info in the Living with a Velomobile thread last night.

As I'm way down south of WA I won't have the chance to catch up as I doubt you will be coming this way.
All the best for the ride. I will be following with great interest.

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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby recumbenteer » Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:40 pm

Thanks for the posting John. I won't be heading south unfortunately. Thanks for the best wishes too. :-)


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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby Baalzamon » Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:55 pm

Are you taking the Great Eastern Hwy to Norseman????
No way would I do that on a recumbent. I was touring on that 2 years ago and the comments I was getting from drivers about me being very visible vs the recumbent in front that numerous ppl found it hard to see.
Once you get past a certain town the verge vanishes and your riding on the lines and triple trucks are very common out there. I was going off road letting trucks go past every day.
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby recumbenteer » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:03 pm

G'day Baalzamon, The Great Eastern Hwy is the plan, but I've also searched the 'net and found there is a quieter route

https://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=205013749487860878203.00049c6635ec206212627&z=11&dg=feature

but I'm not sure if it's suitable for a Velomobile.
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby Baalzamon » Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:47 pm

I hope you enjoy bumps..
The rail trail which I did today is littered with large pieces of blue metal which have been used in the past for the railway line. You would be seriously shaken in it as the lines are if lucky for 1 bike sometimes no clear line and have to take the brunt of the bumps. Also there are sections which you WILL NOT get the velomobile thru. It's tight enough for a touring bike to get thru. Further out on the kep track there is sand which you will love very much as horses have chopped it up. So it's lumpy and sandy. I did that yesterday and it wasn't fun in 34 degree heat.

If I was you I would head south as it's a more friendly route for a velomobile and have a few days extra tagged on. Sure it's more hilly but more sights to see as well. Great Eastern Hwy is boring.
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby John Lewis » Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:37 pm

I think the worst part of Great Eastern Hwy will be getting out of the city area and up past Greenmount hill. Once you get further out past Bakers Hill it isn't too bad. Plenty of people have ridden it.
I think that bright green Rotovelo will be different enough to be well and truly seen.

If things haven't changed much and truckies still use CBs then the first one that sees you will be passing the word along. That was our experience in Tazzie. We had handheld CBs and listened in.
Fellow calling to tell his mates to watch out for those two funny Lie Down bike things.

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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby Bartek » Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:00 am

Good luck with the ride, Where will you be leaving from in Fremantle and what time? also what route will you be taking out of Fremantle?
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby recumbenteer » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:17 pm

Baalzamon....As "boring" as the Great Eastern Highway may be, lol... I think it will be my road of choice, (I'm not a fan of unsealed roads)and I don't have the time to tour south.....maybe next time.... :|

As John says, with plenty of trucks and traffic, it will make it entertaining, especially when word gets out of the "green jellybean" heading East. The Rotovelo gets noticed! :shock:

Bartek...I'm thinking of leaving from the Lighthouse on North Node Dr, Femantle, but haven't set a time as yet. Definitely morning,(8-9ish maybe) and I'll probably go SOR via paths to Applecross, into Perth, then out to Midland and the GE Hwy... I'm happy to have a send off crew if anyone's interested. 8) or leave earlier to suit the enthusiastic crowd :lol:
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby Roinik » Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:09 am

Maybe put a few green flashing super-bright LEDs around the back of the RV.
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby Bartek » Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:41 pm

Keep us informed of the set off point and time and route, I may be able to come see you off and maybe ride with you for a bit.
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby John Lewis » Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:52 pm

Will we be able to follow via your Spot Tracker link?

I did see it back on your blog a while ago.

Perhaps you might repost the tracker link here.

Not long now.

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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby recumbenteer » Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:51 pm

Hi John,

This is the link to my Spot Connect,

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=053vtDLemd4rjd9jFLJcez7ONVsAr8vNW

with a record of my last training ride... 8)
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby recumbenteer » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:35 pm

http://rvvelonaut.blogspot.com.au/Blog update....

2 sleeps 'til I depart Sydney... I'm informed by GMK Logistics that the RV has arrived in WA.

Now to put the next 2 months of my life in a suitcase for Air travel. :? Eyes will open when it's X-rayed :shock: lol bag full of bike "stuff" and no bike travelling with me :mrgreen:
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby isabella24 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:59 am

Good luck Mark! Wish you all the best for the trip. Take care and see you when you get back :D
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby recumbenteer » Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:57 am

Greetings from WA. had a trouble free flight, and 1st night. Pick up the RV today, hoping to get a few k's in the legs. I've had withdrawals without it lol. Image. Then to try 'n remember how all my gear fits in again. ;-)


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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby TonyMax » Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:00 am

Edit: Found your route pencilled in on your blog:

option one:- (which is my preference)
Adelaide - Mount Gambier - Great Ocean Road - Geelong - Dromana (Trisled factory) - Melbourne - Old Hume Highway - Wangaratta - Corryong - Jindabyne - Canberra - Goulburn - Old Hume Highway - Sydney.

option two:-
Mildura - Hay - Narrandera - Wagga Wagga - Goulburn - Old Hume Highway - Sydney.

If you come through Canberra there are probably some forum members who would share part of the ride with you if scheduling permits?

Good luck with it all and stay healthy.
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby find_bruce » Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:39 am

isabella24 wrote:Good luck Mark! Wish you all the best for the trip. Take care and see you when you get back :D

Have fun Mark but I plan on avoiding you when you get back, at least until you stop going on about how awesome your trip was :D
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby Bartek » Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:53 pm

any final decision on setting off point and time?
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby recumbenteer » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:43 pm

Made it to Kellerberrin, Tuesday night. All good, tired but happy. No rush to go anywhere fast. Taking it day by day. :-)


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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby Riggsbie » Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:02 pm

Excellent progress !
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby isabella24 » Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:19 pm

Well done Mark! Keep it up :-)
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby Rhubarb » Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:21 pm

Keep the updates coming too - we are following you :-)
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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby John Lewis » Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:33 pm

Kellerberrin to Carrabin today.

You are certainly making good progress there Mark.
I grew up in that neck of the woods.

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Re: Rotovelo Across Australia (Perth - Sydney 2014)

Postby lardass71 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:02 pm

Keep up the great effort mark, enjoy the company u currently have and the food they offer, and watch those emus
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