Trans Australia Route
The final round up
Hot start for the team as they leave Darwin
The Team clock up the miles towards 'Alice'
Seven day update To 'Alice'
Australian customs finally release JonsBack-up wheelchair
More Great Pictures of the Team
Jon and the team complete the crossing in 141hrs, 23mins and 55secs
special word of thanks to all the supporters and sponsors of the
Trans Australia Challenge
available - The Roof of Africa on Wheels - Jon's account of the attempt to climb
Africa on Wheels Revisited
Jon Amos would like to thank the following
sponsors and supporters of the Trans Australia Challenge:
The Royal Marines - for outstanding logistical and
financial support, both in terms of man-hours and facilities for
Australian Army - Norcom - Larrekeyah
Barracks - For being excellent hosts and for the logistical and
Applied Satellite Technology -
Chris Wood, for sponsoring the use of the GMP2000 Satellite
telephone and securing air time with inmarsat. The telephone was an
excellent tool for keeping in touch with the outside world,
especially when land lines or GSM was not available. It also enabled
us to upload pictures, taken with the Ricoh 300Z digital camera, to
the Blue Dome web page. It was more temperamental when trying to
upload the higher resolution photos taken with the Casio QV
allgold.net - (check out their web site), In
British Aerospace,Brough -
Robert Gillies for the financial support and efforts in ensuring
that the handbike reached Australia and was finally released by the
customs in Sydney. Also to Paul Hartley, Chris Wallis and their
colleagues for the personal time given to build the innovative
handbike. The handbike was much larger and heavier than the Varna
Handcycle but coped well with the terrain for which it was built,
off road. It took some getting use to and at times felt unstable,
due to its light steering. This created balance problems, especially
when having to over reach for the handlebars. None of the problems
are major and I am sure that British Aerospace can overcome
BBC TV - Andrew Burroughs - Having already
covered last years Mt.Kilimanjaro expedition, once again become
involved and help to ensure the world wide awareness of the project.
His footage was shown on the BBC breakfast and One o'clock news
bulletins as well as the world service
Berghaus - Sue Raey and her company for
being the largest of our in kind sponsors. They 'kitted' us out for
all eventualities; nothing more needs to be said as Berghaus
clothing speaks for itself.
Web Site - http://www.berghaus.com/
- David Lynch, for once again giving us a platform to reach the
world via his outdoor activity web site and also for securing other
sponsors like Dawes and Burton McCall on our behalf.
Web site -
Burton McCall - In kind support of
camping and outdoor activity equipment.
Web site - http://www.burton-mccall.co.uk/
- For their technical support.
Camberly Tyres - In
kind support, the top tour 2000 tyre was excellent and survived the
whole journey with very little wear and tear.
- Danielle Guilliard - For in kind support of Hydration systems,
worth their weight in gold.
Carphone Warehouse - For
technical support and airtime for the Nokia 9110 communicator
Carratti - In kind
Casella - In kind support of hygrometer and
heat stress monitor for recording the daily weather
Dawes Cycles for sponsoring the support
team with touring bikes that lasted the journey well, except for the
bottom brackets needed changing on two of the bikes and the
suspension on the saddle posts became loose and
DECPAC Adelaide - For in kind support of
portable ramps, which were lightweight and foldaway. They were
excellent and saved the day on more than one
Fuji - In Kind support of Fuji
Fujitsu - Katherine Osborne, Karen Manley and
the rest of the team for the technical support they
Inmarsat - Clive Parish and his company for not
only the in kind support of air time for the satellite, but for
their in house magazine article about the
Kerridge Computers - Alistair Forbes and
Alan Williams, for their technical support and
KPMG London and Sydney - D. Jukes and G.Acher
In kind support/charitable donation.
Lions clubs of Alice
Springs, Coober Pedy, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Gladstone, Clare,
Gawler and Elizabeth. In Kind support/Charitable
Madisons - Patrick Barker, in kind
Malaysian Airlines - For their assistance and
especially for the excess baggage allowance.
- Exeter - In Kind support.
Nokia & Casio - Mr
David Watkins, For his continued in kind support in supplying the
use of the Nokia 9110 Communicator telephone and securing the Casio
QV7000SX LCD digital camera that is dedicated to the phone. This
absolutely excellent piece of equipment was only let down by the
limited GSM coverage. The telephone does nearly everything that you
could want it to and its amazing how they can put so much technology
in such little space. The quality of pictures taken with the camera
is nothing short of fabulous. These can be uploaded to the Internet
via the Nokia 9110 telephone.
Raleigh - Sam
Easterbrook , In Kind support.
Respro - In Kind
Robert Horne Paper Co - Brislington, Alan
Ayres, For their continued support in supplying the promotional
Stamford Plaza Hotel - Geoff Goldberg -
Charmaine Moore - For their hospitality and hosting the VIP
Varna - Georgi and Andrea Georgiev - For
the sponsorship of the Varna Hand cycle and the back up support. This
handcycle is a world-beater. For the workload that it endured during
the 3,000kms this lightweight machine performed exceedingly well
indeed. Any faults were just minor and have already been dealt with.
The recorded times/distance travelled were remarkable. With the
larger majority of the route being uphill, there were only a few
occasions to really put it to the test. The best return of
distance/time was the full marathon distance in just 1hour 09
minutes and forty-nine seconds. With the introduction of hand
into future Paralympics, watch out for the Varna Handcycle.
Site - http://www.varnahandcycles.com/
Scientific - Peter Hooper - In kind support - Peter Hooper came
to the rescue at the eleventh hour to offer the loan of a Osmometer
and Consumables. This helped us to carry out vital studies, saved
valuable time and efforts and allowed accurate data to be
Wheelchair Sports South Australia - George
Dunstan, Kim Elwood, Natalie Philp and Liam Clancy for their
hospitality and PR support during the final stages in
Zyro - In kind support, Cateye Heart
monitor/cycle computer to ensure that precise data was recorded.
Three computers were used to ensure a valid record was