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Morning Glory over Massacre Inlet (photo: Diane Davey)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Weather, technology and Daz the cane toad

Well, the long weekend is over and I'm still waiting for the weather to improve so I can get back in the air and complete the Victorian leg of the trip. I don't want to jinx it but it might be ok on the weekend (woohoo!). My plan is to fly from Tocumwal across to Kyabram (overfly), then down to the coast around Torquay. Then I'll head back to Bacchus Marsh or Bendigo to fuel up and return the Falke to Wahring (assuming the airfield will be dry enough by then). Doing this over the weekend makes the logistics a bit easier because Phil can fly me up there in the Pacer, so it saves driving up there and back (3hrs each way).

Over the weekend, I had a look at the spot tracking page to save the track that I took. I was dissapointed to find that they don't save the data for more than 30 days. Even the data they save appears to be patchy and incomplete, which means that I've lost all the tracks except for a couple of the return legs.  The good news is that it did let me create a route manually so I was able to do that and post the route as a "Recently Popular Adventure" (?) which appears under the live map on the spot site (live tracking link to the right). For some reason, the map appears with South America and Africa when you open it up so you just need to drag it across to Australia. Annoying, I know, but I can't seem to fix it no matter how I try.

They say bad luck comes in threes so my third thing is that I've lost all my contacts (and everything else!) in my phone. Aaaarrrrgh! As I've mentioned before, the only Morning Glory shots I have are the ones taken with my iPhone. The photo quality is terrible (as you can see on the big photo above). The photos look great on the phone but as soon as I download them, they look awful and pixelated. Someone suggested that I try to download them via iTunes as the problem could be a compression issue on transfer. I thought I'd give it a go. When I plugged my phone to my computer, I was forced to update iTunes as well as the iPhone software  Shortly after, the the phone was frozen. I had no choice but to reset everything, loosing all my data in the process. At least I've got low res copies of my photos. C'est la vie. So if you don't hear from me, it's probably because I've lost your details!

After all that, I needed a laugh, so I had a look a the Dazza Cane Toad video, which did the trick and brought back a few good memories of the trip. Here it is if you need a bit of a chuckle yourself:

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