How to transport 80-90kgs of gear, food and water as efficiently as possible?
Obviously, get someone else to do it for you …
Failing that, a wheeled buggy is my next option. From my previous experience, I decided the next Intrepid II was going to be better (which wasn’t going to be difficult by any stretch of the imagination – you’d know this if you saw the Intrepid I).
Many other solo runners used a jogging pram. I’ve researched this as well, and the best pram was rated for about 50kgs. Perhaps that could be pushed to 80kgs … but I wasn’t prepared to take that risk. Also, the buggy was going to hold all my possessions for almost a year. I wanted something more substantial than a plastic flap keeping the rain and dust (and prying fingers) out. I also wanted something substantial enough to have the various charity/sponsor logos.
I had the idea of a modified HPV shell and chassis (basically an enclosed recumbent bike). The initial costing was for a fiberglass shell – $2200 and a customised chassis $2,800. Err.. nope. I’ve no doubt the craftsmanship would’ve been impeccable, but the $5000 would dig too deeply into funds. It turned out where I worked had a broken and ‘best to be retired’ HPV. They donated it to the cause. I cut all the broken/cracked bits off and reduced it to the minimum size I could manage. With a bit of fiberglassing, and modifications of the chassis (including 4 wheels), I soon had what I wanted, for about $1000.
I hope to run Tannus tyres on it. These are a polymer compound requiring no air, which equates to no punctures; the bane of my existence last time.