When coming home becomes the next adventure

National LibraryNormally, coming home is the end of an adventure. You’ve had a great time exploring the world and now, reality has called you back. Bugger. It’s when real life starts to sink back in.

This week has been a “rest” (less full on) week. I had enough time to reflect on what the rest of my year is going to look like. Real life… I mused to myself. What does that even look like?

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My Nissan Patrol has reached the 500,000km milestone!

A few days ago, my trusty Nissan Patrol reached 500,000km on the odometer. Certainly an impressive feat for any vehicle and not without it’s challenges!

My Dad bought the car new back in 1990 and I’ve been riding it in since I was two years old. I have great memories as a young fella heading down to the coast with the boat to go fishing. After Dad sold the boat, the Nissan sat in the carport, rarely used for 10 years.

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Updates from The Esperance fires 2

The sun sets on another day as smoke from the surrounding fires blow over the farm. Almost 200,000ha of land has been burnt. Four lives have been lost in the district. 

Last night, a team from our farm fought fires nearby at Cape Arid with the local volunteer fire brigade. The team put in a mammoth effort into the night to fight the blaze before it was big enough to get a mention on the news. A small win that saved numerous properties and homes. 

The fire closest to me is now burning eastward, away from property into the national park. 

While I serviced our fire tanker, my co-workers were organising transport for livestock that have lost access to feed and water. Farmers have started to shoot their stock to save them from death by burns and dehydration. It’s estimated that over 15,000 animals have died in the fires. 

A cool change today has been very welcome but there’s talk of big winds in the early morning an I’m on standby along with my workmates to fight fires with the local firefighters tonight if the conditions change in the middle of the night. 

The property I’m on is safe at the moment. We’ve taken as many precautions as possible and stand in a “Watch and Act” zone. #fire #esperance #bushfire #esperancefires

Update from the Esperance Fires

Don’t be fooled by the nice photo. After a 43 degree day, we have fires blazing all around us here in Esperance, WA. You can see the smoke haze in the photo. I’m safe at the moment but the whole farm had spent the afternoon preparing for the worst. We’ve moved livestock, machinery and organised our firefighting gear. 

We’ve got one worker driving a water tanker heading to a neighbouring fire, two more on the farm fire truck heading to another fire and I’m building fire fighting rig with whatever I can find in case embers fly our way. 

Your thoughts, prayers, good karma and anything else you can send would be appreciated. #fire #esperance #haze

Nginx APT repo missing public key

I recently had some issues getting NginX to update though apt. Here is what I did to fix the problem I was having.

W: GPG error: http://nginx.org wheezy Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY ABF5BD827BD9BF62

Run the following commands

wget http://nginx.org/packages/keys/nginx_signing.key
cat nginx_signing.key | sudo apt-key add –
apt-get update

Exploring Uluru and Kata Tjuta!

Uluru has been high on my list of places to explore and 5 years after starting my adventure across Australia, I’ve finally made it to the centre.

We spent a night at the Yulara Campground where the facilities were fantastic. There were people of all ages and backgrounds there and the atmosphere was great.

Waking up up at 5:30 we headed off to meet the sunrise at Uluru. Arriving before the tour busses, we had the chance to enjoy the stillness of central Australia.

The sunrise started as a dud with clouds blocking the light. By 6:45, all the tour busses had left. We were glad we had driven, not having an itinerary meant we could hang around till the light changed and boy was it worth it!

Photo Tip: If you’re looking to take a photo, the best spot isn’t from the viewing platform, it’s actually on the bottom pathway. I’ll post a map soon!

After the sunrise, we checked out the cultural centre. Seeing the rock is one thing, learning about the land and the people on it was even more fascinating. It’s incredible to think that people survived in such an arid climate.

With a little more knowledge packed in, we drove to the base of Uluru, determined to walk around it. An 11km walk with a gazetted walking time of 3.5 hours. The four of us (at various levels of fitness) did it in 3 hours.

The climb to the top was closed due to the high wind that day. It didn’t bother us, we’d already committed to not climbing the rock, based on the wishes of the traditional land owners.

Almost walked out, we headed to the Tata Tjuta’s to check out the valley of the winds. 6km of hiking though rocky country. The view at the end? Incredible! Definitely worth the trek!

After a few photos from the two lookouts (sunset platform/dune lookout), we started on the long drive to our next camp. We pulled up at a rest stop 2 hours from Alice Springs at 10pm.

A serving of tinned soup and we were out like lights.

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