We’ve been flat out this week getting things ready, showing off James’ completed Postie and doing interviews for The Land, Armidale Express and Prime News.
James’ Postie is now mostly complete with only the wiring up of his light bar and a back rest on the tool box needed (so we don’t break our backs on the corrugations). The panniers are one of main features of James’ Postie, they have been custom made to fit our posties with a couple of internal pockets and two external pockets; after looking them over we’re confident they’ll be able to hold up to the conditions ahead. The other unique feature of James Postie is the LED light bar that he’s fitted above the headlight, he will have wired up so he can either have the headlight or the light bar on at a time giving us a choice of how we’ll light our way if we have to do any night riding. My Postie is currently in Newcastle with James being modified for the trip.
The other thing that’s been happening this week is a flood of interviews, we’ve had The Land, Armidale Express and Prime News (I’ll put up a recording of that soon) all interview us this week giving us plenty of needed exposure and getting the message out there. So far the results have been great and we’ve had a lot of people saying they’ve either seen us in the paper or on the TV.
Our total amount raised has now passed the $2,000 mark but we still have a long way to go to reach our goal of $10,000, so please feel free to donate at our Everyday Hero account and help hit that $10000 mark so Aussie Helpers can keep on helping rural families.
James’ bike is really coming along, he now has everything in place except for his long range fuel tank which still needs to plumbed up. He now has both his panniers, rear rack and aluminium toolbox on the bike along with all the suspension modifications.
Modifications on my bike will start will start this weekend now that we have all the parts and worked out the plan using James’ bike as the guinea pig.
I’d like to thank everyone that has donated so far as we’ve now past the $1000 mark, but we’re still a long way short of our $10000 goal. So please keep sharing our page and donate via our Everyday Hero page https://give.everydayhero.com/au/east-to-west-postie-ride-for-farmers
Things are moving along for us, we sent out our press release out our press release today (see attached below, please forward it on to anyone anyone who would be interested) and have already received a reply from our local ABC radio station who will be getting in contact with us shortly.
James went home to Newcastle over the weekend to work on his bike and made a lot of progress fitting the new fuel tank and moving the ignition giving the bike a total capacity of 15L and a range of over 350km. He has also fitted a heavy duty chain and a 16 tooth front sprocket to the bike to increase the top speed of his bike, however he is keeping the standard 45 tooth rear sprocket to reduce the strain on the engine. New heavy duty tires and tubes are also being fitted to reduce all those nasty punctures that we get out these outback roads.
While James has has done a considerable of work to his Postie he still has a little bit left to go including fitting the toolbox, wiring in the 12 volt charging point, fitting the panniers and building the frame for them to sit on.
After we’ve finished the modifications on James’ Postie we’ll be starting on mine.
Just a quick short and sweet post to let you know that we received our letter of endorsement from Aussie Helpers today. Also see below a more detailed version of our route plan.
In some earlier letters and promotions we stated that we were leaving on the 18th of June, as it turns out we mixed up our dates and we’ll now be leaving two days earlier on the 16th of June.
The website is finally up and running with only a few little things that still need tweaking. I spoke to Nerida Egan (co-founder of Aussie Helpers) on the phone today, she thinks we’re mad but loves the idea and thinks it’ll be a great trip. James’ bike is currently in Newcastle were it is being modified for trip, at the moment it is having the long range tank fitted and new tires put on. While some canvas panniers are being made to go on back, my bike will be modified as soon as James is complete. -Martin