Tour Plan Australia

In just about one month I am moving to Australia. What a better way to kick off a new country than a bike tour eh? How about a (5513km * .62)mile bike tour?

Here is the plan.

March 16th or 17th: By this time I should be well settled into being homeless and have everything except my track bike and daily needs packed up. On one of these days we’ll pack up and head down to Los Angeles.

March 18th 0300-0400 (about): Will race for the third time in the now infamous Wolfpack HustleMarathon Crash Race.

March 18th (at some more reasonable time of day): Will get dropped off at LAX and wait for a 2200ish flight. Hopefully not getting so drunk I will not be allowed to board. Actually with any luck I will just check my bags and head back to DTLA.

March 19th 2012: I will never experience this day. Hope it is a really shitty one.

March 20th 0800ish: I will arrive in Sydney Australia.

March 20th/21st: Jetlag and pickup.

March 22nd: Probably more Jetlag, hopefully (doubtfully) more pickup. Flight (evening) to Perth with polo bike and touring bike.

March 23rd: Pickup, boozing, catching up with friends (eh, its only been since Nov for a lot of them).

March 24th/25th: BOOOOZE, I mean AHBPC 2012 (booze).

March 26th: Drink up the tears of Melbourne, recover, pawn my polo bike (off on someone headed back to Sydney, love ya!). Adventure on!

1 week, 4 major cities, (15000km+ * .62) miles and 3 bikes later I will start what is planned for right now as a (5500km * .62) mile tour from Perth to Sydney, hugging the coast, passing throught (R)Adelaide, Melbooorne and back up to Sydney where I might have to find a job (fuck!). hhhhmmokay… back to pretending to pack.

BUNS! Well, pies really (take two)

Last week while desperately looking for a distraction from packing I was sorting through some odd and ends of aluminum camping cookware. This was a day or so after I had seen this post. This got my gears feebly turning. I like to bake, I like to camp, I like to bike tour. How can I get these all together?

I came across a piece of campware that I had no idea what was intended for. An insert with perforation along the bottom and a ring at the top. The outer section wasn’t perforated but had about a dozen pinholes. A friend identified it as a large coffee maker. The insert is removed and attached to the bottom then water was put in the top and trickled down into the lower section containing the coffee.

I already have a nice espresso maker so this was becoming an oven! It appeared to have a sufficient air gap for how small it was.

So I popped upstairs a whipped together a simple biscuit style dough (1 cup flour, 1tbsp baking powder, 1tsp salt, 4(ish)tbsp butter). I then stuffed some cheese in this sucker and dropped into the over. Worth noting this is perfect size for about 1 cup of flour. I cooked it for about 45 minutes but the edge color did not change after about 30. I’m fairly certain it was done about there.

Second take was later that night, I decided to make another quick dough and bought some rasberries on my way out to a ride. We rode out to the Keyhole and I busted the stove out again. Stuffed the berries in and cooked for just under 30 minutes and it turned out perfectly.