We were in Port Lincoln for two weeks and not only did we have a great time but we achieved a lot too. High on the agenda list was a wash and scrub up for us and all our gear. Being on the road makes you grubby there is no escaping that even with a roof and screen to hide behind. We washed our bike jackets and trousers and both had a hair cut, I borrowed Jeff’s clippers so that was easy and Josie bravely volunteered to give Karen a trim see below and a very clean looking Kev.
We had a few jobs to do as well both tyres needed changing, the front especially as the Nullabor had finished it off and the gearbox output shaft seal was leaking running down the swingarm and overfilling the bevel box. Adjusting the tappets, repairing the airfilters and a small split in the roof was also on the list. Jeff was keen to help and we spent a day around town sourcing a tyre and a few other parts. I took the back wheel out and the swingarm and changed the seal without too many problems. Jeff was a massive help and changed the front tyre for me and helped Karen fix some problems with our helmet intercoms. Here is Karen and I refitting the swingarm, me fitting the new rear tyre, Karen refitting the intercoms in between helping Jeff’s granddaughter colouring in.
The next day was Australia day and we all walked down to the seafront where a cooked breakfast was being served up by the Mayor and all the members of the council in a marquee. Here we are with the Mayor and having breakfast followed by some Australia day attire.
Jeff had a treat in store for us and we went to the airfield to have a look at his ultralight aircraft. Jeff is a clever fella and built it himself from plans, in the workshop the bike is now in. He has built several other aircraft from scratch as well over the years. There was no chance of a fly in it as it is a single seater but Mick and Di who own the airstrip very kindly took Karen and I seperately for a joyride in a Piper Super Cub. We flew over Port Lincoln and out to the sea and both had big grins on our faces when we got down. Here are some pictures of our flight including Jeff’s ultralight flying around us, you can just see it touching down on the grass airstrip as we fly over it too.
A big thank you to Mick and Di for taking us up !!!!
That wasn’t the end of the surprises either, Mick had a Lincoln 300HP flat six aeroplane engine lying around and didn’t know what to do with it.
The answer put it in a car of course, the result was christened Mad Mix and was something to behold. A lot of people say our bike looks like something out of Mad Max well so does this. Even better we got to have a go in it which was AWESOME !
It needed a lot of room to get going but as we were on a grass airstrip that wasn’t a problem and boy does it go ! It’s also hooked up so it can produce smoke and is an absolute beast of a thing. We loved it !!!! See if you can spot someone familar in the passenger seat of the fourth picture. The last two pictures are of Jeff’s ultralite a really nice looking little aircraft powered by a BMW K75 triple motorcycle engine.
And still there was more, Tunarama was just getting going we watched the parade through town which was excellent. Fortunately we were within walking distance so we could stroll down to watch things as and when they were on. The minibike stunt team were good fun, that’s also them on the huge unicycles. Here are some pictures of all the fun and festivities.
Part of the tradition of the festival involves a tuna tossing competition, Nick from Cairns challenged us to have a go so we entered, in the heats you throw a weighted rubber tuna, you only get one go and it’s not as easy as it looks. Our attempts were pathetic but at least we had a go, my throw had plenty of oomph but severely lacked direction. I more or less threw it straight into the floor mainly because when you start swinging around with a 12kg Tuna it’s hard to let go at the right time with it pointing in the right direction and stay upright let alone within the metre wide circle you are not meant to cross. Karen’s was pretty much the same considering it was an effort for her hold the thing up anyway!!!
On Sunday afternoon we walked down to the town jetty to watch the boat race, the idea of it is that you have to build a boat to your own design using a set kit of materials within a set time. The event was dreamt up by sikaflex as a good advert for their product which is what holds most of them together. The boats were built in the morning and left to dry in the sun now it was time to test them out with a race out to a buoy and back. The result was great to watch, one boat stood head and shoulders above the rest and thrashed everyone but then they were the previous years winners. The fun part was watching everyone else messing about and sinking. The last two photos are of the winning boat which was so successful that they gave the kids rides up and down the seafront afterwards.
The finale was a spectacular firework display on the waterfront.
Over the course of the weekend Jeff also resprayed my tank and sidepanels for me, they were getting really tatty and rusty as I never got time to clear coat them before we left. Most of the rest of the bike is done with powdercoat so that has stood up well and still looks fairly good.
I had been wanting to paint the tank etc for ages and I am really grateful to Jeff for doing it for me, he used to spray for a living for a while so he did it amazingly quickly and it turned out really well. Some people along the way have said I shouldn’t repaint it as it loses it’s travelling patina but we still have as long way to go so it will look well travelled again soon enough. Here are a couple of pics of before, during and after.
Josie was equally amazing and spent late nights at her sewing machine repairing rips and frays in our bike trousers, jackets and silk liner, all our equipment is wearing thin and we have to repair it as we can’t afford to replace it. She even completely made a new water bottle coolie what a star. Karen caught up with all the washing even doing the crash helmet liners whilst we had them out to repair the intercoms. We replaced some of our clothes at the local op shop and bought some new sandals, saying farewell to our old ones which had done so well but now gave no support at all we had worn them so thin. Their dog didn’t want to feel left out so did tricks for a biscuit occasionally falling over backwards which was a hoot.
Jeff and Josie also organised a newspaper interview and we went into town to explore the local sights afterwards.
Their friend Norman keeps bees and we were enjoying eating his honey so they arranged a trip to visit his bottling shed. We thought bees were amazing before now we are really in awe of how fantastic they are. The photos show the machine that does process of scraping off the hard crust so they can be put in the centrifgue to release the honey which is collected in a big drum. It is very hot as the machines warm the honey and noisy when they are running. The first photo is Norman and Natasha who works there.
We even managed to find time to do some day trips to the nearby Lincoln national park and Coffin Bay both of which were really beautiful. Have a look at the stairway down to the beach, getting down was a giggle but getting back up was harder.
And that wasn’t all, Norman offered to take us out in his tinnie (boat) for a tour around the harbour, we were especially lucky as the replica Endeavor was in port so we went and had a look at that as well as the Tuna boats and the rest of the marina. The Endeavour replica was built in Freemantle and is an accurate copy of the original apart from the fact it has twin diesel engines in the hold for when the wind fails. It is quite something to behold the amount of rope and rigging on one of these ships, 18 miles of rope and 10’000 square feet of sail when it’s all deployed.
Wow what a couple of weeks, a big thank you to Jeff and Josie for making it so special.
Next up the Flinders Ranges