Solar boost charge controllers arrive and more wildlife

I was ‘treated’ to another one of Australia’s wildlife critters a couple of nights ago…
The possum was within arms reach and completely unconcerned about my presence – thought you might appreciate this Brian ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tuesday: My solar chargers arrived late afternoon – YAY!!! A quick trip to the auto parts place to get another packet of connectors and some wiring sorted and then it was dark ๐Ÿ™
Wednesday: I have sun on the panels and charge going into the batteries. Because the batteries are quite low they are only accepting a trickle charge at the moment but as the day progresses I am hopeful the level will rise to enable a full charge to flow. By late afternoon it is apparent that the trickle charge is going to take a long time to get the batteries up to a level where they will accept full charge. I made the call to Havelock North and asked Mark to send me the mains battery charger so I can keep the batteries within the range that the solar charge controllers are happy with. This will give me options as I continue the journey albeit adding weight that I had hoped to avoid. I shall hitch to Darwin and have a look around there while waiting for the charger to arrive.
Thursday: Last night was like living in a war zone! In the middle of the night fireworks were going off, the locals were roaming the streets f’ing and blinding, dogs were going nuts… I was awoken at 5am by the neighbors dog sounding off and got up to check the bike and gear were not being tampered with. I have now decided the risk of leaving my bike here and hitching to Darwin is too great so will stay until the charger arrives.
My WS hosts continue to be marvelous – it has been over 2 weeks now ๐Ÿ™ I contribute as much as possible, they both work so I am able to cook meals, sharpen knives, do domestic chores and take them out for meals occasionally.

There was a snake in the back yard last night – no sign of it this morning …

2 responses to “Solar boost charge controllers arrive and more wildlife”

  1. Di Oliver Avatar
    Di Oliver

    Great reading about your travels & learning new Aussie slang!
    My boss here on Napier passed you last month as he was driving north to south, said he tooted & waved!
    Big world/Small world.
    Good luck with the solar charging.

    1. Shaun Gilbert Avatar

      Hi Di, Nice to hear from you, glad the humbug reference piqued some interest ๐Ÿ™‚
      Having folk tooting and waving was a common occurrence – I imagine they were thinking WTF is that guy doing way out here …
      Perhaps Ollie found something to chortle about with my picture of the nocturnal cackling critter ๐Ÿ˜‰
      With my charger on its way I am hopeful I’ll get everything sorted and be able to continue the travels next week.
      Keep warm and say gidday to the wordlers from me.