Gidget is (hopefully) floating in the Ocean !!
54 DAYS TILL THE FLAG DROPS !!
|Is Gidget in there ?|
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. 😀
No time is ever "quiet" when you are preparing for the P2P ! I may not be working on the car at the moment, but I am not idle, I can assure you !! The focus has just moved on to other things that were being pushed aside in order to get Gidget ready for shipping. First good news of progress this week is that Ashton has heard that his Mongolian visa has been issued. He can't yet go to China or Russia, but he can go to Mongolia. Hopefully this means progress is being made on all our visas, and we will hear positively in the next couple of weeks. Otherwise we have a problem.........😟
This week I also went and did a CPR course as recommended by the organisers. I haven't done anything like this before, and recently I have realised that, especially with grandkids as well as more older people around us at our stage in life, it would be a useful skill to have. We also went right through the First Aid manual so at least we have some idea of what to do if something happens out there ! The CPR course was excellent, and although I am not sure I would like to be faced with an live emergency tomorrow, I certainly feel more confident in what is involved. My wife Janet did it with me so now we can at least give CPR to each other if one of us gets in to strife at home !
We also had a lot of discussions amongst fellow Australian P2P entrants this week about Insurances. There are currently many Insurance changes in Europe, apparently partly due to Brexit uncertainty, although what that has to do with an Australian in an Australian car driving though China or Mongolia, I am not sure ! Nevertheless, 3rd Party Coverage that was initially going to be provided by the ERA Organizers now cannot be, so we have to cough up sizable amounts to obtain our own coverage. Disappointing, but I guess these things happen. Nevertheless, the discussions about the situation and how best to deal with it took up several days. There are limits as to where one can get Insurance for not only China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan, but also for Europe, when you are a non EU resident driving a non EU registered vehicle. I know because I had to jump through these hoops when I had my Landcruiser in Europe in 2015/16.
Then of course there are the injections ! Fortunately, from my travelling days in Africa etc before I retired, I have had most of the required shots, so I mostly just needed boosters. However I haven't had rabies shots before, and that requires 3 separate shots, 1 week and then 1 month apart, so something one needs to start dealing with early. Next week it is also time for a visit to the dentist to make sure everything is in good shape there too. My wife and I are going on a tour of China for 2 weeks prior to the start of the P2P, so we actually leave Aus on the 14th May, unlike Ashton who leaves on the 27th May.So we are also working on accomodation, not only for the extra days in Beijing when we arrive early, but also in Paris when we plan to spend at least a couple of days recovering by sipping coffee and munching on croissants beside the Seine !
|Michelin inner tubes arrive|
Most importantly, and also more time consuming, are all the many last minute items for the car - Things I have forgotten, lost, or just never considered before. Ashton was advised that Michelin inner tubes are much better than "non-Michelin" tubes, and because they are so rarely used in car sizes any more, Michelin tubes (in the required size) were not available in Australia. So they had to be ordered from England, and fortunately arrived at Ashton's house this week - So he gets to hand carry them to China 😀. Actually he ordered 4, but I have instructed him that we only have room for 2 ! We have two Non-Michelin tubes in the car already (we ordered them long ago), and they are going to have to be removed in order to replace them with these new ones. Unfortunately they are RIGHT up the front of the boot, not only purposefully in a hard-to-get-to place for "things we hope we don't need at all", but additionally they are strapped tightly in place. As a result we will need to totally unload virtually everything in the boot to get the old ones out and replace them..........Not in the plan at all !!!
|Resist cuts !|
Also been looking closely at the wiring and in particular the fuses in the car, and discussing it all with Steve who wired everything for us. We mentioned the water pump fuse problem that occurred a couple of times recently - It seems the fuse provided with the water pump is a 10 A unit, despite the fact that the max draw of the pump is also 10 A. As a result, if for any reason the pump draws its stated max, the fuse will blow - and it did. As a result we replaced a 10 A fuse with a 20 A resettable unit. Looking at the rest of the car now compared to what it was when Steve originally did the wiring, we have since added a number of items that weren't in the
|Wiring under scrutiny|
|New incorrect cover underneath original|
|Tape shows correct shape !|
|Growing pile of things to hand carry !|
|Fuel filter concept|
|Dimensions needed for filter|
Then the next job is to start getting rid of stuff !
|Boris' 1965 E Type|
|Country decal for Gidget|
Other than that, moving forward, and slowly preparing clothes, medicines, and everything else we need. Hopefully by my next post we will have positive news on our visas !!
Rest of the pics are here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/rq42WgCbahRafHGr9