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Lucas Batteries

At the Event Blog, we supply a list of the high-quality Lucas branded batteries for all Automotive, Mobility, Commercial Vehicle,  Agricultural, Golf & VRLA applications.

Lucas Batteries are created to the highest specifications to deal with the customers’ automotive demands today. Lucas delivers the premium performance in order to meet the electrical demands of all lastest the latest technological characteristics that be created into the newest models. Lucas Brand promises to provide the high-quality power,no matter how difficult the conditions.

That is the reason why the drivers in the United Kingdom trust Lucas Battery to offer the quality power they can use.

The range of Lucas Battery consists of not only the automotive market, but also  the batteries that are specifically designed for the different applications including industrial, leisure, marine, mobility and golf. In the automotive industry, Lucas supplies a wide range of the high-quality power, with the trusted reputation for the reliability and performance. The portfolio consists of Classic, Premium as well as Supreme ranges for cars. And It will be complemented by a full power providing for the commercial vehicles as well as cutting-edge technology in the range of  fusion This combination gives the customers the largest choice of technologies and battery power for any automotive thing.

For some decades, Lucas Battery Brand has delivered striking performance. Therefore, the UK motorists completely trust. Now, Lucas gives out the guaranteed O.E performance across all range of batteries which covers over 99% vehicle parc.

The Lucas range of deep cycle mobility batteries has the ability to deliver up to 30% more deep cycling, supplying a reliable source of power for trips and journeys.

The Lucas Golf Power Batteries are the ideal products to offer the power for the golf trolleys, scooters, and cars. They have more power, more reliability as well as more rounds of golf.

The range of Lucas V.R.L.A. product is created to cope with the harshest regimes. The cyclic technology gives a battery that you can trust to provide the best service for years.

The reason the Event Blog stock the Lucas brand is because it is the best in stored energy solutions for all applications.

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How is that not corrupt???

votewould play this democratic caucus upset in Nevada up.

Here is my take on the Democratic Caucuses in Nevada…

The government is corrupt because the people that get them in there are corrupt, meaning the parties. You want the parties will, not the will of the people.

Anyone that was independent and recently registered as democrat was given extreme hassles to begin with. Note that is the people that were most likely to vote for Bernie. Not exactly in the tradition of the Democratic Party’s narrative of supporting the Voting Rights act and that figures because both Hillary and Bill started their political careers opposing the Voting Rights Act.

Now here is how it worked in a mostly white precinct. Every minority that wasn’t directly working for the Hillary campaign voted for Bernie… all of them. Now why did the minority caucuses swing in Hillary’s favor?

From that point, the foundation members; meaning alleged civil rights groups that have received hundreds of millions of dollars from Walmart and Billions from Wall Street we allowed to cajole and catcall anyone that didn’t support their candidate.

Furthermore the insinuation was that they would remember loyalty. That wouldn’t be so bad, but there was literally 10 people with high definition cameras taking pictures of mostly the Bernie Sanders crowd. So there is photographic evidence that someone didn’t stand with Hillary and they can live up to their threat of “Paybacks”.

Then after the first line up, the democratic party made everyone wait around to see if they would change their minds or just leave. In our group no one changed their minds because they didn’t live in a dangerous ghetto that the Democratic Party had created and didn’t fear for their work, harassment and even their very lives.

So what happened in the minority precincts is that essentially Billionaires paid thugs to proverbially put a gun to black and hispanic people’s heads and tell them to vote for Hillary or else.

that are subject to yearly public review?

fuk

I don’t normally post anything political or religious on here, but here goes for political. Well it’s finally happening! My buddy just finished his taxes and got fined for not having health insurance in excess of $400+! Which means that I am now dreading to file as the same will happen to me. I know people that have no choice because they have families and are getting killed financially with healthcare coverage premiums. There is no alternative when kids are part of the equation. My fine will not be as bad compared to that, but next year I’ve heard that the fines will be exponentially increased to $2,000+! If someone decides to drive and purchases a vehicle, it is required by law to obtain vehicle insurance. It is against the law to drive without having insurance. To drive or not to drive is your choice. To live and breath on planet Earth (at least North of Mexico and South of Canada), one is required by law to purchase health insurance. I believe to operate my human vessel, this option should be my choice as well. What’s the alternative in this circumstance, to choose not to live? Hell no! Besides, that option is also against the law (they might even handcuff you in an open casket, quintuple your death tax, and charge you for the cost of the handcuffs). The Affordable Careless Act is just another way to take from the poor and middle class yet again. I clock in at upper poor or lower middle class and have been fortunate enough to have never been to a doctor/hospital for over 25 years. It is important to have health insurance, but should be every American’s choice to “shop” for it in our capitalist market system. So many people have lost good jobs and small businesses have taken a hit and/or closed up shop due to the ridiculous regulations put upon us with the ACA. I’ve never had much faith in our government and now that I’m older, the last 15 years of bad decions/policy making has fueled my contempt. Great leaders unify, strive for peace, uphold and defend people’s rights, and carefully plan to ensure and procure solutions for their nation’s success. This has not happened! Obama thinks he is the 21st century’s FDR- he is not even close. If he thinks that the ACA will be his biggest contribution to his legacy, then he might as well build his presidential library in the crater of Mt. Kilauea. Our representatives in the Senate that voted “yay” are also to blame. Term limits and smaller government are the only solutions to combat track records of continued incompetence, bureaucracy, and corruption. Perhaps we the people should audit the IRS and require that politicians submit monthly expenditure/activity reports that are subject to yearly public review?

MY LIFE AS A SHOVEL

My handle is made of ash, my body of shiny steel. I stand here on this earth. What am I to do?
An instinct tells me to dig, to find space, to excavate a footing. This I will do bit by bit onward and a little at a time. A downward thrust a levering a loosening. My body full… the weight of the earth then to be to be flung to the winds. I make an endless line, a circle. Round I go, deeper and deeper at each pass. The earth getting more compact as I slice through the layers of time. I reach a depth where no frost may penetrate. Yet deeper still I channel, to be certain. A level is found where the earth has grown so compressed that not even my silver sharp tongue can penetrate. The time to climb out and view my work is at hand.
I look down and see straight walls, sharp, crisp inside corners. Nothing must sway with-in. I look to my side. I see sand, cement, aggregate and water. The sand came from the sea, its grains now only memories of erosion. Cement:- made by man crushed to powder, from cliffs of old. Aggregate:- crushed stone too, but of granite and not so fine. Showing a grading of size from plum down to pea. Water:- the same as at the beginning of time. This chaos of elements must be mixed together bonding the particles as one. A muddy mix of grey shimmering matter. Composed now and mouldable, compatible for forming shapes that have meaning. The sticky cement powder now a paste a joiner a binder.
I toss this concoction back and forth, stabbing, turning, aggravating and assisting the bond. Making sure that all the hard substances are surrounded with the tacky goo.
Satisfied I toil again. Throwing this heavy pudding into the trench. Hearing the hollow thump echo to the skies, waking up feelings of contentment with-in me. The channel fills. This mould has justified its-self.
I must now jump in too to poke and vibrate fast and hard. Releasing the air bubbles trapped in this compound. In so doing strengthening and lengthening its life. A last task must be completed. For neatness’ sake. I tamp and level and smooth its surface flat, then leaving this toilsome venture while it goes concrete hard for eternity.
I stand back and scrutinise my labour. I wonder at its significance. Why and what have I done here?
The answer! A foundation on a bed rock so that trust and love can be built upon. The plant work for upward growth, always reaching for the light!
I am happy as I go to the lake to wash myself off of this clean dirt. For I will be needed again. There are barren gardens awaiting flower bulbs to be planted!

Purchasing Instructions for Industrial Battery System Chargers

Industrial battery systems that permit for recharging are both affordable and energy saving. However, without the correct charging system, the benefits can be seriously reduced. In this blog post, we will deliver an overview of the various battery charging options available for an assortment of industrial batteries containing how to select the right one for your customers.

Define Battery Category

If you have ever seen the kind of consumer battery charger that plugs directly into the wall for AA batteries, you possibly have a good idea that not every kind of charger works for all types of battery. Before equating the different systems that are accessible, it is vital to determine what type of battery needs to be charged. Bear in mind that some chargers work for multiple types of batteries, while others will work for only one type.

Calculate Charge Time

The size of the battery, in terms of the amps it holds, governs how fast the battery will charge using a specific charger. For example, a battery that is rated at 100 amp hours will require to be charged for around 11 hours on a 10 amp charger in order to attain its full capacity. The smaller the amp rating on a charger, the longer it will take to completely charge a battery. Nevertheless, chargers smaller in amperage, are normally less expensive as well, so it is a subject of the user’s ultimate needs when it comes to choosing the right one.

Compare Types of Battery System Chargers

Now that it is well-defined what type of size battery charger is compulsory, compare the different types of chargers obtainable. The table below outlines the most usual types of battery system chargers.

Kind of Charger Account Attuned Batteries

High Frequency-Ultra efficient chargers (over 90%) that is also tremendously lightweight and budget effective- All lead acid batteries

SCR-SCR stands for “Silicon-Controlled Rectifier” Cost effective with multi-voltage capability-Standard flooded and sealed maintenance-free batteries

Ferroresonant-An industry standard for industrial battery systems-Dependable and less maintenance with low upfront costs-Flooded lead acid batteries

SCR/Ferroresonant Hybrid-These chargers use a blend of SCR and Ferroresonant technology to develop efficacy-Standard flooded and sealed maintenance-free batteries

Selecting a Battery Charger

There are many aspects that conclude the type of charger necessary for a particular application. Selecting the right charger is very significant to insure not only all requests are met but also the charger is not over specified occasioning in a more costly solution than necessary. The primary reasons in establishing charger specifications can be distributed into environmental and electrical categories.

Ecological Issues

There are many causes that govern the type of charger required for a specific application. Picking the right charger is critical to certify that all desires are met and that the charger is not over specified. One of the chief factors in charger selection is the operating environment.

System Electrical Features

How many batteries are mandatory to be charged? Is it possible to save cost by expending a multi-bank charger as conflicting to a single output unit? For example, consider a 24V system comprised of two 12V batteries in series. The whole battery pack can be charged with a single 24V unit or the two 12 batteries can be separately charger using a CT 500 dual output units.

Do the banks share a mutual negative or are all banks remote? There will be an important cost savings, if the batteries share a common negative. If the batteries are stacked then the isolated output series are vital.

Battery Pack Concerns

If your application entails a stack of batteries to generate a 24/36/48V output, then there are numerous issues to consider both in system design and electing a charger.

Charge Harmonizing

When batteries are charged in sequences by a single output charger, there is no way to define if both batteries are being equally charged. Even though the current being applied to both batteries is alike, the capacity, age, specific gravity, etc. of the two batteries may not be close enough, due to aging ensuing in unequal battery voltages.

Appointed Burdens

A single output charger must not be used if the loading off the stack is not the same For example, if there is a 12V load off the first battery and one more from the entire stack, the discharge currents for the two batteries will not be equal and hence equal charging currents will not deliver a balanced charge to both batteries. Likewise, when fabricating a stack all batteries should be the same kind. Again, the multi-output charger compensates for tapped loads by charging and monitoring each battery separately. This could actually save the condition for adding a third battery if a 12V load is required. In any case, the loads should be cut off if any battery voltage is less than 9.5V, since this is a deep discharge and repeatedly draining the battery at this point is not suggested.

Conservation Usage

Will the charger be used to sustain the charge on a car, lawnmower or other special craft that will not be used habitually and has its own charging system? A maintenance charger can be used for these varieties of applications.

Three State Chargers

If the charger will be the principal charger for the battery then the three state chargers is what you need. This will return 100% capability every time and lessen the voltage when finished to maintain the battery at full capacity indeterminately.

Power Ranking

The battery must have the appropriate charging voltage applied. For example, it is satisfactory to apply a 12V charger to two 6V batteries in series since this equals 12V but not to use the charger to charger the batteries independently.

Charging Current Approval

The charging flow is one of the most imperative criteria in choosing a charger. An extreme amount of current will overheat the battery causing in decreased battery life and poor capacity. Some batteries are able to agree to very large charging currents while others are more delicate. You must check your battery specification to assure that you are not using current in excess of the commended amount.

Josh Hancock nightmares

I had a series of four nightmares this evening. Each flowed immediately into the next, and I woke after the fourth. I felt I learned something from them, and felt compelled to write them down and share them.
#1

I was in a supermarket. Suddenly a barrel fell from the ceiling and people started to scream. The lid blew off, and then cans like beans started to shoot into the air, one every five seconds or so. Each flew to a different corner of the store and exploded – sending shrapnel through the air. I began to run away and each time one exploded I wondered if I’d been hit, and then continued to run. I ran down a hall, around a corner and down a flight of stairs. I thought I had survived. A can ricocheted off the walls behind me. I was terrified, and then I died.

I reemerged as an investigator after the attack. We marveled at how this thing was made. How someone had spent so much time thought making something to terrify, and kill people. We could not figure out how it had worked.

#2

I was coming home to my apartment building. Many people stood nearby and because the code to enter our building wasn’t working. After trying many times, I somehow managed to make it work. I exited the elevator. As I did a person was in front of me and they were armed. I was too. They aimed their gun at me and started to shoot. I was terrified. I pulled my gun and started to shoot back, firing several times. We both missed and I took cover behind a wall. I heard a shout. A friend of mine was there and had been shot by this person, but was still alive. I rolled back around the corner onto one knee, took aim as this person shot at me, and squeezed the trigger several times. I was scared but forced myself to aim after each shot. It was a long distance for a pistol shot.
The last two rounds hit and the person went down. I went over to my friend who was frightened but okay. We felt like our world was shattered and I walked the streets alone that night trying to put it all back together and could not. My gun did not make me feel safer as I walked.

#3

I became a girl working as a barista. She was lonely, and felt resentment to the people around her who she thought were not. She carried a gun. She decided she would shoot the next person she saw. The next person she saw was a blond girl. She started to follow her. The dream ended.

#4

I was hiking in the woods with my dog. It was winter and late in the afternoon. Another dog came from behind and attacked us. My dog and the other dog chased each other in circles around me, gnashing teeth and barking. The attacking dog broke through some ice and started drowning. My dog jumped in behind that dog to help it and started to drown as well. I waded in waist deep in the water. It was icy cold and I knew I might have just killed myself slowly (letting myself get wet far from home in the cold). I grabbed the dog that attacked us first, by the scruff, and hauled it out of the water. I grabbed my dog next and climbed out of the water with her. My dog became able to speak with me and it was not out of the ordinary to me. She told me to find the stove in my bag and start it and I did. As I did I pulled out the stove I found just enough extra clothing to stay warm enough, as well as a blanket for each of the dogs. I started the stove and it began to boil water. My dog and I knew we had he just barely survived the day. The dog that attacked us was no longer trying to hurt us. I woke up.

When I woke it was still dark. It still is dark right now as I am writing. It is the middle of the night, and I’ve been up a couple hours now. The air is just warm enough, the breeze is light, the half-moon is beautiful, the stairs are floating like gems, and the ocean is softly crashing. I am safe and blessed to be safe and alive.

Without attempting to speak for anyone who has experienced real violence, I awoke feeling that anyone who has survived this type of violence has had their world shattered in a way. Victims and witnesses of mass shootings, refugees fleeing their homes from war, police officers and soldiers in war…etc. They have all had their illusions of safety blown away.

I woke up wanting to buy a gun. As I thought about it I realized that for me, carrying a gun was agreeing that the world was violent and dangerous, and so having one would make me feel unsafe. I felt it would make me feel like I was evaluating everything around me as a source of danger. The thought made me feel that I’d rather believe the world was not like this, while trying to make it so, and that I’d rather die if I was wrong than live like that. I still wonder if I’ll change my mind.

Every bomb dropped in the world shatters people’s notions of safety. When people don’t feel safe, they reach for weapons, in their minds and with their hands. We will not truly be safe in this world until we break the circle of violence.

Today is 365 days after my accident. I’ve been paralyzed for one year. I find it hard to understand that.

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This first bit might sound a bit audacious to you

People tell me I’m young and when I go “but I’m 28 –I’m having a mid life crisis for fuck sake” and they are like “no you are so young” and I just nod blankly and think to myself how I have probably lived at least twice what they had when they were my age, if not more. I have lived lots of places. I used to live in various cities in Oregon and Washington. I also lived in various cities in Texas, including Austin, which I used to love, but since I lived there I hate it. I also lived in New Orleans…. well… I was homeless there for nearly 8 months. And I was homeless in Chicago and Denver/Boulder and the Bay area/Oakland. I think that about sums it up. I don’t travel anymore. I’ve been in Houston for 6 years. I have hitch hiked all accross the country, hopped freight trains, built bikes from scratch in Washington and then toured long distances on them.

I was briefly a member of the clown house in Portland, Oregon. I had my own tall-bike. I lived in squats, on communes, with hippy families and acid families and anarachists –also with junkies, crackheads and bums in general. I lived under a bridge in Oregon. I lived in a 24 hour bar in new orleans, but you could hardly call it home –it was just a roof and a safer place than the street at night. it had washing machines. i lived on the roofs of buildings in the winter and slept under the exhaust vents that pointed down like candy canes so that the rain wouldn’t go down them. They blew their warm air on me and i was happy. I lived in the olympic rainforest in a cabin that was made from dead-standing trees and fallen logs. there was magically a wood stove inside, but everything was damp and moldy. The woods themselves were alive and would shapeshift on you in the night. we caught crabs on the puget sound and cooked them in our little cabin. i lived houses houses houses and houses –far too many to count, taken in by strangers and friends –should i tell you what some strangers will do to you when they take you in, or should i leave that out?? I will spare you the tales of terror. Many people gave me work to do around their house so that I could stay there in trade. I learned more than I know and when people ask me “how do you know that?” I can’t tell them how. “How do you know all this stuff that you know?” and it is very difficult to say. The jobs I have worked are as various as the places I have been, but lets not get started on another list.
yeah, hopping freight was probably the only non-drug activity I had withdrawals from. but I mean, serious yearning, for a long time. I’m over it now. I have too many health issues… and mental health issues and I can’t travel because of them. Its probably because of the way I lived back then. I was so sick all the time when I was homeless. mostly in the winter. and I was an alcoholic and a junkie off an on and I had sex with random people. I ate out of the trash a lot and slept in recycling dumpsters for a while until I almost got eaten by a garbage truck one rainy night in Washington. it was a literal nightmare. I could hear the garbage truck in my sleep, making its rounds, getting closer to my block, and in my dreams the garbage truck was a cartoon monster, going around and ferociously, loudly eating all the trash and it was coming for me. the cartoonishness did not diminish the terror.

I am totally in a better place now. houston is the best place I have ever lived and the people I meet here are so wonderful. I mean, I am in a better place physically, but I am not exactly in a better place mentally and emotionally. I suffer from ptsd, wouldn’t you guess. actually, I was diagnosed with onset paranoid schizophrenia about a year ago –which has really put things into perspective. but I am positive that I essentially relive my past trauma, which is triggered by any sense of threat from either strangers or loved ones.

Its difficult to say how I have learned to deal with the paranoid delusions. I think the best thing to do is to be honest about feeling threatened –which is hard because people take that as an accusation, which is ironic because what I really want to do is accuse them, and attack them, but I am trying not to. so whereas I would ordinarily go apeshit on someone because I think they are an aggressor, I instead try to express my feelings and be vulnerable, and that is often perceived as playing a victim –which makes things worse. but there may be a happy medium somewhere. lately I just break down completely and can’t talk because my brain is exploding and all my thoughts are cut into pieces and I say a lot of words that dont cohere and that is embarrassing so I walk away in distress. but this is often perceived as “storming off” or something. people often think that just because you are upset that it is something you have taken personally with them. and my reality, I have learned, is that I make the mistake of taking it personally with them, but in doing so I am really only projecting my past trauma onto them in regard to some little thing they did or said that reminded me of the trauma. so I try to remember that and not project my shit onto them. but its impossible to not be upset. and being upset is a hard thing to explain away.

Most people who want to kill themselves are afraid to live. I am not afraid to live. I have lived more lives than I can even remember. Most of them haunt me. I am happy to have experienced everything. I am ready to die. Its not going to happen with warning (and probably not any time soon), but when it does, DON’T you dare fucking mourn me. Don’t you dare think that i wasted something. Don’t you dare think that I gave up. When you have had as many conflicting experiences back to back, non-stop and stacked on one another to the extent that your memories are cut into pieces and rearranged constantly and everyone seems like the same people to you, but they are mashed up and everything gets swapped in your mind because litterally almost everything is deja vu… When you don’t know who you are anymore because so many conflicting influences have laid their hands on you… Don’t tell me what to fucking do with myself. You would think that I knew better by now.

Guidelines for Charging AGM Batteries

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You’ve discovered that with slight alterations, you can keep your automobile working easily. A change here, another tip there, and you’ll have the capacity to get somewhat extra from your drive.

Here are a couple of guidelines for keeping your lead-acid battery acting at its apex. There are additionally a few things to remember when preserving your Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery, together with an OPTIMA® battery.

Fresher Chargers in Step of Battery Innovations:

Many more up to date battery chargers, similar to the OPTIMA® Chargers Digital 1200 12V Performance Battery Charger and Maintainer, have chips that gather data from the battery and regulate the current and voltage as needs be. Some have unique settings for charging flooded, gel and AGM batteries.

Battery Execution Regulator:

All lead-acid batteries can encounter sulfation, the development of lead sulfate crystals upon release. Search for a charger with a desulfation mode to adjust your battery and keep it carrying out efficiently.

Subtle and Moderate is Safest:

A low amp charger (1 to 12 amps) is for the most part the best decision for charging every lead-acid battery. It’s snappier to charge at greater amperage; however it likewise can create a great deal of heat, which diminishes the life of a battery, much the same as the furious warmth of summer.

Alternators but not Chargers:

Try not to depend on your alternator to take the necessary steps of a charger. On the off chance that your battery is discharged to the fact where it can’t activate your vehicle, utilize a charger as quickly as time permits to verify your battery gets completely charged. An alternator is intended to keep up a battery, not charge it.

Dead Batteries:

Batteries in the long run die. Batteries are a disposable item. No battery will keep going forever. The objective is to reliably keep up your battery to receive the most time in return.

Chargers with Distinctive Capacities:

Under ordinary circumstances most 12 Volt programmed battery chargers will take a shot at an AGM battery. Numerous more up to date battery chargers have settings particularly for AGM batteries; some even have separate settings for OPTIMA REDTOP® and YELLOWTOP® batteries, similar to the OPTIMA® Chargers Digital 1200 12V Performance Battery Charger and Maintainer.

AGM and Gel Equipment Vary:

Keep in mind that the innovation of an AGM battery is not the same as a gel battery, which has its specific charging prerequisites. In the event that your charger offers diverse modes, choose the right one for your battery. In the event that you utilize the gel setting to charge an AGM battery, it won’t completely charge and after some time, it will really harm your AGM battery.

Time-out Voltages:

Under typical beginning conditions, an OPTIMA battery ought to never encounter “time-out” voltages underneath 12 volts. Most 12 volt chargers and alternators have no issue reviving OPTIMA in the event that it has a “time-out” voltage of 10.5 volts or more.

The Enchantment Edge – 10.5 Volts:

The charging situation for a profoundly discharged AGM battery, one that has plunged underneath 10.5 volts, may be somewhat distinctive. The OPTIMA Digital 1200 can charge batteries discharged to just 1.5 volts. For different chargers tips for recuperating an overly discharged AGM battery can be hit upon in OPTIMA’s tech tip,

‘How to Resuscitate a Discharged AGM Battery?’

SO A FEW THINGS WENT AWRY

Yep, they did – however I think it was for a good reason. If I’d left on my trip around Aus when I thought I was going to, I’d be somewhere in the “Outback”, a bit beyond the “Black Stump”, and halfway to “Nowheresville” by now. And feeling crook. Instead I am still sussing things out with the packing of my car and camper trailer – and I suspect making a better job of it than I’d anticipated.


I’ve taken on board a lot of the suggestion of the folk who’ve taken notice of the underlying theme of my tales – that is, that I’m a bit of a novice at this – and I’ve decided to just sail along hoping to (figuratively) run into some of you should I ever need some help. (But I don’t really expect to, so perhaps we’ll just have a chat.)
I’m still coughing, but I’m taking that as a good sign too. I mean it indicates my lungs are working. Always a good sign. I’ve checked on that each morning I’ve woken ever since I gave up smoking. I find if I start the morning with a positive thought it gives the whole day a certain tone. It’s like: breathing, check; legs and arms working, check; heart beating … I said: heart beating, check; obviously thinking, check. Then it’s a casual stroll to the bathroom, check. And I can think about breakfast.
And speaking of breakfast – I’ve lost 2 kilos since I bought this trailer. It’ll be fun they said … but they didn’t tell me I’d lose weight. Bonus!
This morning I replaced the toy, plastic jockey wheel with one that has a solid rubber tyre, a ratchet arrangement for moving it on my own – and which is too big to lock into the room allotted to it on the A frame. Not to worry. There appears to be nothing I can do to change that – but I have length of chain that holds it nicely in place, only millimetres off perfect.
Did I mention I found the box that holds the battery charger? I didn’t know what it was at first because printed (in English) on the white cardboard box, were the words “Battery changer”. “Changer”? I guess some people just don’t know their “N”s from the “R”s. Or from their elbow if it comes to that.
Anyway, I’m getting there.
I’ve been hunting one of those little single burner gas stoves for the past week. It appears that everyone in NQ knows they are back on the market – and they were even in Bunnings catalogue, but no-one up here has been able to get any stock. Oh well, maybe I’m supposed to drink plain water. It’s all good. Oh yeah, I know I can set up my big stove and all, but just for a cuppa? The gas bottle is at one end of the trailer and the stove is at the other. Not great design work there! Ah well, as I said, I can drink water. Come meal time I might get serious though. I must remember to take the gas bottle off the A frame before I set up the camper too – otherwise my bed will be nicely sitting over the bottle, locking it in place.
Well, I popped into town in the middle of the day today. I visited the Barn Market (where I no longer work at doing Tarot readings – cos I’m off! Shortly.)
If you’re ever in Ravenshoe, call in. The Barn is in the Railway Reserve where the Railway volunteers have their (cheap) van park. I noticed the numbers of vans there has reduced a good deal in the past few days. Obviously many of the visitors from the southern states have headed home.
I may just end up having some of the northern free parks to myself if I leave my leaving too much longer.
Still, it’s all good. Enjoy your evening folk, whether you’re on the road or back home.
Good night.

Quick recap report of my Knobstone Trail trip

Here is a quick recap report of my Knobstone Trail trip as requested by a fellow hiker.
I didn’t have anyone join me for this trip, so I had to utilize Snappyshuttle service to get me from where I parked my truck at Delaney Park to the Deam Lake trailhead. They picked me up at 6:15 and had me to Deam Lake by 7 AM. I took off in the darkness on the combination horse trail/Knobstone trail. This was suppose to be a shared trail for 1 mile. But in Fact, it was more like only a 1/2 mile. Where the trail split off from the horse trail was in an area that had been dozed open, probably because of some storm damage to it. Anyways, the trail markings there were no where to be seen unless you knew where to look for them. I hiked 1 mile on the horse trail as indicated by the re-route claim, but I knew just after hiking past the cleared area that I was probably not on the KT. It was dark and I figured I probably missed my turn, so I turned around and headed back the way I came from. I came across 2 hunters and they assured me that I was on the KT and to just keep following the horse trail as I was before. I got about a mile and a half down the horse trail and then it came to a “T” splitting into 2 separate trails. I knew then that the hunters knew less about this trail than I did, so I once again turned around to look for the trail junction I obviously missed. It was in the dozed off area at the 1/2 mile area, not the one mile area as quoted. So after 1 hour of wasted time and 2 miles of extra hiking, I finally found the trail.
The trail was tough as all the report that I had heard about it. Plenty of steep ups and downs. In fact, it seemed to be laid out in such a way as to make it more difficult than it really needs to be. Most of the trail is on side slopes, yoyo-ing up and down below the ridge lines that are just a few feet above you. It makes no sense to put the trail on a side slope like that, where it’s hard to maintain the trail, it makes it very hard to walk on, and it even voids you the opportunity of having and good views that might be available. I bet there was at least 10 occasions that the trail pushed me straight down off the ridge into a deep draw, only to have me go straight up the opposite side of it. Then once at the top when I was able to look back and observe my path taken, I would see that the ridge line actually horseshoed around the draw and it could have been avoided. This is what is known as “PUDS” pointless up and downs, and this trail was loaded with them from end to end. Also the trail was went through some really nasty areas that could have been avoided all together. The trail went through some really thick brier patches that were miserable to walk through. I’m sure my rain gear is probably ruined by all the brush and briers along the trail. Also there was very few scenic views to the trail, mostly because you stayed on the side slopes, and I didn’t see any rock outcropping like the trail description gave. So in my personal opinion of this trail, I rate it on a scale of 10 in the following categories.

Scenic-3
Difficulty-8
enjoyable-3
trail maintenance-2

As for my trip personally, it rained on me for 90% of the day on Friday, and 100% of the day on Saturday. It was warm on Friday, so I opted not to wear my rain gear, and just let myself get wet. But on Saturday I wore my rain gear, knowing the rain would be more predominant, and the temperature more cold. The first day I hiked about 22 miles (not counting the 2 extra ones that morning) and made camp next to a stream at about 7:30. I was so tired and wet, I just wanted to get into my tent and sleeping bag and go to sleep. I packed a stove and food thinking I was going to cook for myself, but in fact I never did cook and only ate snack foods the whole time I was out there. I ate Snickers, trail mix, gummy fruit chews, beef jerky, and a hostess fruit pie for breakfast. I also carried plenty of water, not knowing what the water conditions would be like since it’s supposedly a dry trail. But in fact, there were more flowing streams than you could shake a stick at, and they all had good water.
On day 2 I knew I had 23.5 miles left to hike, and with the rain and dropping temperatures, I knew I didn’t want to spend another night out there if I could avoid it. I took off right at day break and hiked all day without taking a break, finally finishing the trail at about 8:30. I was so cold and wet the second day, the only way I could stay warm was to just keep moving. Both nights I hiked into the darkness for 2 to 3 hours, and let me tell you, it was a hard trail to follow. The blazes were few and far between at times, plus the trail was totally covered with leaves, making it hard to see. Also with all the leaves being wet, and the fact that the trail was constantly going straight up and down or along a side slope, I fell at least 20 times on my first day. But somehow on the second day, I managed to only fall a few times in the slippery conditions.
When I finally finished my hike and got backl to Delaney Creek Park, I was pleased to see that the restroom was open, and in fact it had hot showers in it. I didn’t have anything to shower with, but I did so anyways. The hot water worked wonders to bring my core temperature back up to where it needed to be. I then put on some dry clothes I left in the truck, and was on my way home soon after.
All in all I’d say this was a terrible trip, it was a very disappointing trail, and not enjoyable at all. I’d say for the average hiker, give yourself 4 days to hike it, maybe 3 if you you’re a strong hiker, but don’t try to hike it in just 2 days, it’s not worth the effort.