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Convoy poll: Where will you start off?

zerochosenzerochosen WollongongRegistered User regular
edited November 2012 in PAX Australia
If you are considering making the trip by road (and want to join a PAX convoy) let people know where you will be starting from. If we get enough from different locations we may end up with a few convoys, or can change the route to collect people on the way... nearest convenient city only :)

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Convoy poll: Where will you start off? 35 votes

Sydney
37%
HearthjawErasmussmerkquietjaythegh0stsShocknazerochosenXeionSerynrincewindnzvuman619cest_la_vieTensai 13 votes
Brisbane
22%
DanacyrusdjkizzabillthesiumencephalophagiaMilza_86SabastianRileyOranniusgaming_goddess 8 votes
Perth
28%
EmbraceThePingCuZZaRABicleUtopia137DragonBearAmmamarieninnanuamrithNoodlezPinkElephant 10 votes
Adelaide
0%
Canberra
11%
GutterkisserFatSoDadiscriderMattyG08 4 votes
Newcastle
0%
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  • zerochosenzerochosen WollongongRegistered User regular
    edited October 2012
    Sydney
    I know it's way early to be thinking about this, but are their any Aussies (or adventurous tourists) interested in driving/riding to wherever PAX AUS is going to be? Guessing that it will be in Melbourne or Brisbane, that's about 2-3 days drive from Sydney if you take it easy. Since this is pretty much going to be Nerdstock, what do people think about making the journey part of the event?

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    Cross-Country SUPERTRIP! Australian style ;)

    Moe Fwacky has been trying to convince Cuzza to do a CCST for PAX Aus, so hopefully there's some interest. I won't be there, but I would love to see stuff like that happen.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    If you take it easy, I will lose all respect. Blaze through, three drivers, three shifts, one car, one hour stop every 5 (provided you even have gas stations that close together).

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  • BekerBeker Child's Play Program Director SeattleRegistered User, Penny Arcade Staff regular
    If this is organized, there might be tourist types that would be interested in flying in to ride along and see the countryside.

    -Beker/Erick
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  • zerochosenzerochosen WollongongRegistered User regular
    Sydney
    I'll be on a motorbike, so the blazing option may cause my eyes to fall out of my head and my kidneys to fall out of my bum. That being said I've done the Sydney to Brisbane run before with one sleep and that was tolerable :-).

    Most of our population is on the East coast, so there are no problems with gas (petrol) stations along the way, the most you would have to wait is 2 hours before the next one.

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  • smerksmerk Registered User regular
    Sydney
    I'll come, unless there's a bunch of people who want to take the train, or it ends up being in Sydney. There's also a few tourists whose timetables may influence whether I can drive or not.

    What is this 'Pants' of which you speak?
  • zerochosenzerochosen WollongongRegistered User regular
    Sydney
    Beker wrote: »
    If this is organized, there might be tourist types that would be interested in flying in to ride along and see the countryside.

    If it is a Brisbane con, I know the way north pretty well and could knock up a pretty good itinerary, south to Melbourne I know less well, but I'm sure it could be figured out pretty easy by us locals. If it's a Sydney event it's probably redundant to convoy, as most people will be flying in to there. I'm happy to help organise this either way - reading about PAX it seems that the unofficial extra stuff going on really adds to the experience, and was looking for something to do to add value.

    Renting a car would be a good option for the tourists, especially if you are looking to fly over with friends. You can get a car for less than $50 a day (but make sure you get unlimited kilometres), and ditch it at a local depot once you get to your destination if you wanted to make it a one way trip. For bikers it is generally a lot more expensive and harder to find motorbike rental in Ausralia. Carpooling with a local may also be an option... depending on how much interest there is.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    Oh, here I was envisioning people driving from the west coast of AUS to the east, across the entire country from, say, Perth.

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  • zerochosenzerochosen WollongongRegistered User regular
    Sydney
    Yikes, we might need 2 convoys.

    I pity the poor town where we would meet... Nerdswarm!

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  • LorahaloLorahalo Registered User regular
    There are a lot of Perthians in SE++, so it's always a possibility. The middle of Australia is a rather uninteresting place for the most part though.

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  • zerochosenzerochosen WollongongRegistered User regular
    Sydney
    I shall call you... the West Coast Convoy Avengers.

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  • AmiguAmigu Registered User regular
    I'm keen to bum along in someones car!

    (will pay petrol money obv)

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  • TefTef Registered User regular
    Hmmm, now this is not a bad idea.

    I'm in Perth and I've done the trip east and back twice. It's not like you new a guide for the drive anyway

    I'm hesitant to commit to anything just yet though because the Aussie SE++ crowd have a meetup planned and we're trying to work out if we're going to change our plans since the announcement of AusPAX

  • HearthjawHearthjaw Registered User regular
    Sydney
    Happy to join in on a motorbike.

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  • zerochosenzerochosen WollongongRegistered User regular
    Sydney
    Hearthjaw wrote: »
    Happy to join in on a motorbike.

    Are you another Perth dweller Hearthjaw?

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  • CamaranCamaran Catamaran MelbourneRegistered User regular
    Sydney is like 12 hours from Melbourne lol

  • HearthjawHearthjaw Registered User regular
    Sydney
    Nah Zero, I'm a Sydneysider.

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  • CuZZaCuZZa Khoo's Epic Mount Perth, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    Perth
    Camaran wrote: »
    Sydney is like 12 hours from Melbourne lol

    By scooter? I've driven most of the way up the Western Australian coast in 11 hours. Sydney is not that far from Melbourne.

  • CamaranCamaran Catamaran MelbourneRegistered User regular
    CuZZa wrote: »
    Camaran wrote: »
    Sydney is like 12 hours from Melbourne lol

    By scooter? I've driven most of the way up the Western Australian coast in 11 hours. Sydney is not that far from Melbourne.
    It's really about 9 hours non-stop.

  • HearthjawHearthjaw Registered User regular
    Sydney
    Depends on the scooter, it'd be agony on anything smaller then a 125cc. But people have circumnavigated the continent on ct110s so go figure.

    steamid: sewersider
  • zerochosenzerochosen WollongongRegistered User regular
    edited October 2012
    Sydney
    I've done an equivalent distance on a 150cc scooter... would not recommend unless you are really light.

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  • zerochosenzerochosen WollongongRegistered User regular
    Sydney
    Now we know the location, where do people think is a good meeting point around Sydney? I'd be going from Wollongong, so would probably join up at the Picton road turnoff.

    Still talking hypothetical here until we get at least a few carloads interested, but lets do the mental exercise...

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  • HearthjawHearthjaw Registered User regular
    Sydney
    Picton works for me, are people up for smashing this out in one day or do people want to spread it out? Also a theoretical mental exercise...

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  • zerochosenzerochosen WollongongRegistered User regular
    Sydney
    If we're doing it in one day, there better be a pub that hands out massages at the end of it :) This doesn't mean that I'm not up for it though...

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  • HibbletonHibbleton Registered User
    Id been keen to join the convey depending on how many people we can get together, I'm from sydney so I wouldn't mind. Has anyone found any accommodation yet? ive been looking at hostels and they are pretty cheap, we can all try going to the same place

  • tapektapek Registered User new member
    zerochosen wrote:
    zerochosen wrote: »
    I know it's way early to be thinking about this, but are their any Aussies (or adventurous tourists) interested in driving/riding to wherever PAX AUS is going to be? Guessing that it will be in Melbourne or Brisbane, that's about 2-3 days drive from Sydney if you take it easy. Since this is pretty much going to be Nerdstock, what do people think about making the journey part of the event?

    Just came here from the Facebook page after mentioning a convoy...i am totally in! I'm on the Gold Coast so it's about a 18-20 hour drive with no stops. Are people leaning more towards the leisurely 2 day drive with touristy stops and camping on the way down or what?

  • HearthjawHearthjaw Registered User regular
    Sydney
    Well, theres the question of route as well. There's the faster/shorter Yass/Albury/Wodonga route (877km) or the long way round, via Eden (1032km). I'm gonna request a week off work to get some flexability, once i get that confirmed I'll be happy to commit to a timing.

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  • HibbletonHibbleton Registered User
    whats the advantage of going the long way around? Id rather take it sort of slower with a couple of stops, so maybe a route with good pubs on the way?

  • tokyodovetokyodove Perth, WARegistered User regular
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    Oh, here I was envisioning people driving from the west coast of AUS to the east, across the entire country from, say, Perth.
    I drove from Perth to Adelaide once and it was....interesting.
    Unfortunately Aus doesn't have an equivalent Route 66, we just have the Nullabor desert.

  • zerochosenzerochosen WollongongRegistered User regular
    Sydney
    The long way follows the coast, so it's prettier - but probably colder for us bikers in the middle of winter.

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  • HearthjawHearthjaw Registered User regular
    Sydney
    Yeah it would be pretty cold in winter. If do it in one swift hit I'd say the Yass/Albury route would be better.

    There's plenty of beautiful sweeping plains anyway and cow's anyway.
    We'd have to start early, 0700 from Picton at the latest. That's a 9 hour trip without breaks, the main thing to avoid (other then traffic) is too much night riding in the country. I've come off my bike because of a dog, a roo would not be pleasant. If we go say a 30min break every two hours then that's 12 and a half hours or so. If there're no delays then it should be fine. What's the fuel economy on your bike zero?

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  • zerochosenzerochosen WollongongRegistered User regular
    edited October 2012
    Sydney
    7am? you're killing me! But I agree with minimum night riding, especially when we're not 100% on knowing the roads. A full 17 litre tank will get me about 250kms I think? If we are stopping every couple of hours it shouldn't be a problem. I'd also suggest a substantial lunch break so stragglers can catch up and we can be a bit social... maybe we find a nice pub or something?

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  • HearthjawHearthjaw Registered User regular
    edited October 2012
    Sydney
    Maybe I am being a bit gung ho, but it'll be an early start if we want to do it in one day, the alternative is to split it over two days. While not as hardcore, chilling around a campfire with a beer can't really be beaten. A big lunch break is a good idea, there're a few nice pubs in Albury, and countless nice small pubs on the way I'm sure.

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  • DragonBearDragonBear Registered User regular
    Perth
    Lorahalo wrote: »
    There are a lot of Perthians in SE++, so it's always a possibility. The middle of Australia is a rather uninteresting place for the most part though.

    I've always wanted to drive across but I think I'll leave my bike at home. Yes, I have a 17 L tank (I get 330 kms out of it) but I don't know that I am up for spending 3 days fanging my throttle on full. Hm, maybe fit a throttle lock?

    Nah, better to join a West Coast Convoy if there is one going over.

  • zerochosenzerochosen WollongongRegistered User regular
    Sydney
    Next Question - does the convoy go on the day before PAX (The Thursday) or 2 days before? I'm looking at being an Enforcer so the Wednesday might be better, but I am pretty flexible with this.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    The US convoy trips always timed themselves to arrive the night before PAX began, since the convoy meant so much extra time off work.

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  • zerochosenzerochosen WollongongRegistered User regular
    Sydney
    Cool, we should do that then... I guess not everyoe has 2.5 months of holdiay time saved up like me :)

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  • XeionXeion Registered User new member
    Sydney
    I'm for a convoy, just waiting on a couple friends. But I'll keep checking here :)

  • AmmamarieAmmamarie AustraliaRegistered User regular
    Perth
    A convoy from Perth would be interesting if enough people wanted to do it. I wonder what the difference in price would be between Petrol and flights.

    DragonBear
  • DragonBearDragonBear Registered User regular
    edited October 2012
    Perth
    I'm up for looking at prices of flights versus convoy from Perth. I have at least one other friend coming with me.

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