Been busy getting my giant 700 c road E bike prepared for a foray back to the lucky country. Will be my first time using an E bike but with some longer distances between stopping points it seems a practical option
My pre E bike touring routes completed over the last 20 or so years . In order
1 Alice to Darwin
2 Adelaide to Melbourne
3 Adelaide to Alice
4 Melbourne to Orange
5 Port Augusta to Kalgoorlie
6 Mt Isa down thru the Birdsville track to Adelaide
( opps forgot to mention my loop ride from Cairns to Cookstown – my first mainland ride )
Map above is my “unfinished business ” Looks like way too much for one , even 2 long rides . It will begin at Orange , where I finished my Melbourne Nth ride and pushes north up through to outback NSW and Queensland . Unsure how far I’ll get before I’ve had enough , we’ll see , but with only a one way ticket I have no deadlines to worry about .
Been testing my gear and getting everything ready for the big trip . Will again be taking BOB , my nifty trailer . It’s something of a leap of faith using the E bike as if it gives problems there will be no simple fix in the desert. Might finish the trip .
Haven’t settled on a name for the Giant — Black Bitch ? Nah — Betsy ?
The Giant E bike sports my old very expensive profile time trial bars from my very expensive ( now redundant ) time trial bike . A momento from days past when I used to test my body against the local competition . It’s set higher now , but provides a very comfortable platform from which to see my world pass by . Had to ditch the hydraulic brakes for simpler cable actuated calipers for the minimalist tt brake levers.
Powering the Giant I will have 3 x 500 wh battery paks. My range test suggests I may be able to get up to 250 kms before running out of stored electrical energy. The bike can still be comfortably peddled without power assistance should I need to . This situation might occur if charging opportunities are not available .
For nutrition and energy requirements for myself I am going to attempt to make this trip using Fat . My nutrition experiment , begun last year on the Birdsville Track ride , was with adopting a Ketogenic approach which seriously restricts , avoids , abandons carbohydrates. A year down the track I now consider myself “fat adapted ” My Lonormal total daily energy expenditure results from metabolism of dietary fats and stored fat reserves of which I have ample stores , unlike Betsy .
So what does that mean ?
Steaks steaks and more steaks the fatier the better , Bacon and eggs and lots of quality olive oil – I’ll even make sure Betsy gets some on her moving parts. I know the Aussies have some excellent meat so I’m expecting I’ll be able to get the required FAT .