There comes a time in every woman’s life where you just have to drive Russian military hardware 5000 km across a continent.  So taking advantage of a lull in my current project workload  that is exactly what I am going to do, assuming of course my Annual Leave Request is approved in time.

Armed with my loving Partner and a large lump of Soviet Era metal we are going to cross Australia (slowly) in an Urban Camouflage sidecar outfit.

Packing is going to be a challenge, tools and spares take priority. The ability to carry enough Dior Liquid foundation for 5000km in harsh conditions is the next major concern.

We have taken steps to prepare Jane for the Journey and she has embarked on a rigorous regime of taking it easy for several hours a day in order to tone up her backside. A well prepared bottom is going to be essential to her ability to cope with extended periods of transcontinental sidecar riding.

Unlike last time I undertook this journey the emphasis this time will be on seeing not going. I will be encouraging Jane to sketch the things we encounter, because I am envisioning this as a Ruskinesquish (what a great word) expedition.

Please feel free to settle down and enjoy the journey vicariously as I act as your remarkably ill informed tour guide to this amazing country………

“No changing of place at a hundred miles an hour will make us one whit stronger, or happier, or wiser. There was always more in the world than man could see, walked they ever so slowly; they will see it no better for going fast. The really precious things are thought and sight, not pace. It does a bullet no good to go fast; and a man, if he be truly a man, no harm to go slow; for his glory is not at all in going, but in being.” – John Ruskin