- Oct 13, 2013
Apart from the flies did you see any fauna?
30 litres of water for 20c from the machine when I there last year so your Fiji is a bit more expensive...lolBack in the Olden Days i.e. 80's, we used to go around to the Desalination Plant in Coober Pedy and put coins into the machine to buy drinking water by the litre. If you can now buy Fiji Water in the supermarket then I consider that to be a very big step up - although trying to do the conversions for inflation etc in my head, it was probaly about the same cost
I choose row 2 over row 1 any day on AU domestic short haul. More leg stetch under the seat in front and don't have to get up and grab my PC/bag. As P1 (or CL), we do tend to get auto-allocated row 1 more often than not, I make a point of checking onlie and moving to row 2.opusman, If we are ever on a flight together, where I rejoice in row 1 but you, as a "mere WP", are trapped way back in row 2, I will gladly invite you to come and visit me so you can also bask in the glory of a row forward
But that better happen soon - my days left of P1 are exactly 82. Then I will have to suffer the reality of second row.
Bottom photo is a ripper !!The Tanami road is a hard one. It has been improved greatly over the years, but it is still a beast that has long distances without fuel (700km or so?) and the state of the road depends on sheer luck. If it has been recently graded it is ok, but if not, it is a thousand km of hell.
We were really lucky - the road conditions were good the entire length - but that is a fluke. We also went in very well prepared. With the overladen Landcruiser plus trailer we were chewing through 20 lts of diesel per 100km. We had long range fuel tanks so even with this fuel burn comparable to an A380, we could still manage an independence of about 1200 km.
But you would never want to take a prize car through it. Despite the good state of the road, and our preparedness, there were still quite a few small details that blew themselves to pieces. The trailer was a Patriot - probably one of the top pieces of gear on the market, and even though it did well, small things like D-shackle fasteners literally wore through with the vibration.
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Is it my imagination that the pic of the ute and trailer above shows the wheels of the trailer well behind its CoG - meaning its front presses down on the rear of the ute, hence the problems? And why the really long trailer-ute linkage - more then the rear door opening arc?The main mechanical issue was that even though we had the fanciest upgraded rear suspension, it was not coping with the combined weight of the trailer and the obscenely heavy fridges in the vehicle itself (And also we were carrying a tool and spares kit that would make a workshop proud)