16/4/2018 – Getting the bike ready and some food prep
Plans have been made to meet up with Liz and Scott again – I walked the Cape to Cape with them last year and started with them on our Adelaide to Darwin cycle in 2013 (see previous blogs), this year we are going to cycle the Munda Biddi – a cycle track from Perth to Albany, about 1000kms, all of it off road. The following introduction is taken from the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation website:-
The Munda Biddi Trail (which means path through the forest in the Noongar Aboriginal language) is fast becoming a world-class nature based off-road cycling experience. There are few places left in the world where a 1000km trail could be built through an undeveloped natural corridor. Combine Western Australia’s vast areas of unspoiled forest and bushland, gentle terrain and year-round cycling weather, and you have the ideal setting for an off-road cycling trail.
It was about time that my bicycle had an overhaul, re-grease and full check up.
Start by getting the chain off, and check out the wheel hub bearings.
Front wheel bearings were dry one side so I repacked both sides with grease and readjusted.
Back wheel is always a bit trickier, cluster had to come off, but soon those bearings were also repacked and spinning beautifully. I am very impressed, this bike has been to many places around the world and the bearing cups didn’t show a mark of wear. Pretty soon bike is back together and quietly waiting for the action to come.
Meanwhile, friend David had his own ideas about how he was going to contribute to our journey although he couldn’t join us because of work commitments. He is planning to cook and dehydrate some meals for us to take.
Had to laugh, because only a guy would be proud of this photo. He certainly put in some effort and we were all extremely grateful to him for his contribution.
Into the dehydrator it goes. He cooked three separate styles – spaghetti bolognese, Thai green curry and satay beef. All in all it dried down to 13 meals, each for three people.
And it was so lovely getting to a hut or campsite and just being able to empty out the bag, add water, wait a while, then heat and eat. Great food also. Thanks again David, you are a star and “NO” to my girlfriends, I am absolutely not giving out his phone number to anyone!!!