Random ramblings and things that are, well, random and informative. All photos used within are copyright Joe Hupp (or their respective owners) 2012-2015 and do not belong to the public domain. Any unauthorised use may lead to civil action. Feel free to reblog my posts
On Saturday June 24, 2017, I was able to witness an amazing, amazing sight – 10 trucks hauling hay from Indigo Valley, Victoria to Dunedoo, New South Wales….
This run was put together by the Lions Club of Pakenham, Need for Feed Disaster Relief and all the drivers who took part…. it almost made me cry to see the mammoth effort put into the convoy and run!
Indigo Valley had a disastrous bushfire back in 2015 – the Dunedoo community rallied behind them with a convoy of trucks hauling hay and important supplies. In February 2017, the Sir Ivan bushfire at Dunedoo consumed just over 90,000ha of land in 24 hours, this was during what was a rather bad day with catastrophic fire conditions so the Indigo Valley community and Need for Feed decided to return the favour to the community of Dunedoo. Hay was loaded on Friday at the ready for Friday evening to come around – Saturday morning saw the convoy converge on West Wyalong to continue the journey north for a early afternoon arrival into Dubbo and a late afternoon/early evening arrival at Dunedoo.
Thanks to Graham Cockerell and his team from Need for Feed Disaster Relief, Paul Eddy and all the other drivers who took part and Shaun Jones for the help getting the hay organised….. without you folks, this would not have been possible!
Australia has its first carbon neutral trucking company! Congratulations to Transforce Bulk Haulage in Dubbo who achieved this feat by saving fuel to reduce their carbon footprint then buying carbon credits to offset the remaining emissions.
So what’s stopping other transport firms from going carbon neutral?
Market Incentives & Barriers
Any emissions reductions need to be profitable to motivate action. According to Carbon War Room, heavy trucking can achieve huge emissions reductions using simple technologies with proven savings that are available today. Yet there are three formidable market barriers to get over:
access to capital for high upfront costs;
good information operators can trust;
principal-agent split incentive problem, where in a fragmented industry often those with incentive to save fuel don’t have the cash or the control. This can occur where prime movers and trailers have different owners, where fleets are leased, where freight companies hire sub-contractors, and where…
On Tuesday March 21, 2017, I got to do my very first Trainer For A Day experience at Sea World on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. I was a little nervous at first but I calmed down when the day started….
The day started with a behind-the-scenes look at one of the shows and meet some of the stars of the show then it was off to Sandy Shores Lagoon to take part in our dolphin swim.
Then it was back to Seal Harbour where we got to meet some more of Sea World’s amazing seals – my favourite was a Californian Sea Lion named Elvis
We then got to go take a look at the polar bears – what magnificent animals they are! Hudson came over to take a look – Liya was in her night den having something to eat and came over to look at us as well – then it was off to go and have lunch at the end of that section. We met our trainer up near Penguin Point for a look at Dolphin Beach – and a surprise in the mix! We got to see a mother and calf – what a big surprise!
All in all, a very good day! I have a dream to become a marine mammal trainer and doing this has given my dream a big boost!
There’s a cuteness overload in this video – if it doesn’t make you go, “Awwwwww”, well, my friends, that is your fault, not mine!
I’d like to introduce the latest addition to Dolphin Marine Magic’s Australian Sea Lion family – this is “Storm” and he is only 6 weeks old. He’s already making an impression on the staff at Dolphin Marine Magic – here’s a little video of “Storm” at play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOJ4nrpTv1M
Do you wonder what is getting your car’s engine motion down to the ground once it leaves the transmission??? That’s right – it’s your tyres! Here are a few things to remember when it comes to those big black rubber rings on your rims:
Buy the best brand you can afford – for me, the tyre of choice is the Hankook Optimo K415 in 205/65R15 99H. The Optimo range is also available in a H426 pattern but the H426 does not come in a 15″ size – having had the K415’s before, I opted to stick with them.
Ring around for pricing and availability – it helps to ring a few tyre shops and get prices to compare and ensure they have them in stock. When I got my new Optimo K415’s, I rang two shops in Dubbo: Hannaford Tyre and Suspension ($105 each and would need to be ordered in) and Dubbo Tyres and Batteries ($88 each and in stock). I stuck with Dubbo Tyres as they had done a good job on the previous set and always hold stock (being a Hankook Masters dealer, that helps a lot!)
Ensure your wheels are in alignment – it’s very important to make sure that you have a wheel alignment carried out when your new tyres are fitted. When we had our previous set of tyres on, we had to have the lower control arm bushes replaced – the alignment was severely out but it did not affect the wear on that set.
Keep an eye on your pressures – monitoring your pressure ensures that the tyres wear evenly. It’s also important to check them when they are cold – checking them when they are hot will mean they are higher than when they are cold.
These little tips are provided by me on the basis that you are a everyday motorist and would like help to understand.
Reading your tyre info on the sidewall:
Do you know how to interpret the sizing info on your tyres? Here’s a breakdown on what those series of numbers means:
205 – tread width in millimetres65 – aspect ratio (ie. the height of the tyre off the rim)
R – radial (steel belted)
15 – the rim size for the tyre in inches
99 – load index (99 is 775kg or 1709lb per tyre in a single tyre format as seen above)
H – speed index (H is 210km/h or 130mph)
Other information on the tyre can be interpreted as follows:
M&S – Mud and snow
Extra Load – indicates that a tyre is capable of sustaining high loads
And many more….