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Preparation for the Big Lap in Perth

The second week

sunny 40 °C

We can't believe two weeks have past. We have been been so busy preparing for the big trip the past week and time has flown incredibly fast. We have been buying, installing and testing equipment, including a UHF radio and satellite phone.

The past two days was spent on 4WD training. Although I have extensive 4WD experience in Africa and Australia, I deemed it appropriate to do a formal 4WD training course to get refreshed, especially on recovery techniques and also to get accustomed to our vehicles special features.

On Saturday we did Sandy Terrain training, including sandy track driving, beach driving, dune climbing and decending as well as beach recovery techniques. This was done on coastal dunes 70km's north of Perth and some of the tracks were overgrown with bushes which led to the vehicle being bush scrathed but luckily not serious and an hour of polishing sorted that problem out. For the first time I learned the proper way to recover a bogged vehicle on the beach and I now know how a snatch strap works.

Today we headed for the hills east of Perth, at a place called Ngangaguringguring Hill and did the Rocky Terrain part of the course. We did some serious rock climbing and crawling techiniques as well as recovery with a hand winch. The posted photos gives an idea how diffilcult the track was to negotiate in some places. I picked up a small cut in the side wall of my front left tyre and had to swop it for the spare after patching the cut. That gave me the opportunity to test the high lift air jack and the onboard compressor.

The past week has been scorcher in Perth with temperatures hovering between 38 and 40 degrees. The past two day have been very hot during the 4WD course and we are both a little sun stroked. We are looking forward to "cooler" weather next week when temperatures should be lower.

Posted by KobusM 06:16 Archived in Australia Tagged week seond

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