Driving a 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 from Peking to Paris in the June 2019 ERA Rally.

Friday, 10 May 2019

0085 Still so much to do !!!

Friday 10th May
Everything takes so LOOONG !!

23 days till the flag drops !  
But only 3 days till I leave.

Half way through May, and the days seem to be getting shorter, public holidays more frequent, and my patience being sorely tested !   And why am I complaining about all the recent public holidays you may ask ?    Easter, Anzac Day, Labour Day - All within the last month, and all fell on weekends which meant that people were taking extra days off to link them together, and it was almost impossibe to get things done !!
And I am sure there used to be 24 hours in a day ?  It seems like there are only about 18 nowadays !   As for my patience, I will leave that up to you to decide after this post !

Monday, 8 April 2019

0084 Gidget goes to Japan !!!

7th April 2019
Gidget is (hopefully) floating in the Ocean !!

54 DAYS TILL THE FLAG DROPS !!

Ital Lirica
Is Gidget in there ?
 Well, Gidget has been on her own for 11 days now, and is well on her way to China.  On 6th April she was just to the east of New Ireland (E of PNG), and heading towards Yokohama, where she is ETA'd on 14th April.  Currently on the 54,000 MT Italian vessel Ital Lirica, from Yokohama she will continue to Busan, where she will be trans-shipped  onto the ALS Flora for the remaining leg of the journey to Beijing, where she will arrive on 29th April.    Fortunately the ship did NOT sail round the north of Australia because there is a Tropical Cyclone (called Wallace) off the north coast at the moment. (That's a hurricane or typhoon to you Northern Hemisphere peoples !!).  Gidget doesn't need a cyclone !!
If you wish to track Gidget's progress, you can log on to www.marinetraffic.com 
 and once in there "search for "Ital Lirica".  She is on voyage No 094N, and you can then click on "Route Forecast" to see where she is and where she is headed.    Currently she is travelling at 15.4 knots under engine power.  😀

Thursday, 28 March 2019

0083 Gidget goes to China !!!!

29th March 2019
The most hectic 10 days of my life !

65 DAYS TILL THE START
But Gidget has already gone !!!!

After getting Gidget back to Queensland, there was not a moment to spare.  Wheel arches, spare tyre mounts, oil changes, undertrays to fit, pressure guages to fit, tools and spares to pack - The list was endless.  I can honestly say this has been the most stressful and hectic 10 days of my life, bar none !!  But, to start at the end, she is now gone, and we got (most of it) done !!

Video as we leave home

Saturday, 16 March 2019

0082 Gidget comes back from Sydney

16th March 2019
Tidying up lots of loose ends.

77 days to go
But only 11 before Gidget goes on the ship !

Packages arrive from around the world
While Gidget is down in Sydney, there is still a lot going on to keep the whole project moving forwards smoothly - A bit like ducks paddling furiously underwater while on the surface they just appear to keep moving along smoothly !    Ashton has had to apply for Vehicle Import Approval so Gidget can come back into Australia after Paris, while Giles is trying to get 101 things done or lined up so that when Gidget gets back to Queensland from Sydney all the final touches can be added smoothly, hopefully leaving a week free before we have to deliver her to Brisbane docks on the 27th March. More and more parcels seem to be arriving in the mail - On one day alone, 4 parcels arrived with parts or spares for Gidget !  Fortunately they are all very low cost items, but important nevertheless.