Intrepid II

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.


  1. Avatar Alison Faruk on March 17, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Hi Andre, just catching up on your first week. I’m in awe of what you’re doing, again! :). Brilliant work with the Intrepid II. How much does it weigh on it’s on?

    • Andre Jones Andre Jones on March 17, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      Hi Alison
      When empty, Intrepid II is about 30kgs.(which is about 10-15kgs lighter than that old box on wheels 😳)🤔😎

  2. Avatar Ron Thomas on March 22, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Hi Andre, Thank you for your thank you to the Lakes Entrance RSL Board and Committee for your accommodation and meal
    and our best wishes for your marathon run around Australia and we hope you get or exceed your fundraising target.
    I was so pleased to meet you and I am in awe of your effort, may God bless your venture and I will inform our Board and Committee of your thanks at our next meeting on the 28th March.

    • Andre Jones Andre Jones on March 22, 2019 at 11:15 am

      Ron, you are too kind.

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