Real-time Tracking

Before we get onto that, tune into ABC Regional Radio (Renmark SA) on 1062AM on Monday 29th (Feb) at around 10:30am, I will be having a talk about the trip.

A few years ago, a friend who was spending the day as land crew for another Marathon Paddler said:

Any Sport is Fun with Telemetry

Scott T

When we are out and about paddling down the Murray, both Brad any myself will be running SPOT satellite trackers.

Spot Tracker

What this means is that every 5 or 10 minutes, we will send a GPS “SPOT” to a satellite and that SPOT will appear on a web page – in near real time.  My SPOT subscription allows me to do 10 minute updates and Brad’s Subscription is configured for 5 Minute updates.

I have been using my SPOT while out on training Paddles on Westlakes and my public page can be found at Bob’s Border2Beach  The real-time data is available for 7 days.

Once we get going you can also Track Brad at his Page – Brad’s Border2Beach

As an extra, with the SPOT we can also configure real-time email alerts and that means when we are out and about, we can hit a button on the SPOT and it sends a short email to pre-configured email addresses along with a link to the page.

I have put together a mailing list – which you can subscribe to.  The list is a notification -only list – and subscribers will get an email whenever I push the OK button on my SPOT Tracker

Subscribe to the Border2Beach SPOT mailing list.

* Note, at the completion of our adventure, the mailing list will be deleted.

I will also have with me my APRS tracker and whenever there is coverage, simply check my Tracker page  for updates.  We will be running a portable Internet Gateway from the car, so we are likely to have at least some APRS coverage wherever we have Internet coverage from the cars.


I know, I have not made many posts over the last little while on my blog and with now only a week to go will give a bit of an update.  Yeah, more updates to the blog will happen, but after the adventure!

I am doing this in my C18 – yeah the same one where I broke off the foot pegs way back at the 32km mark of the HCC in 2014.

I finally got around to fixing up this mess and replaced the pegs on the side with a full footplate.

Lucky for me, in my new boat, it has a full plate, so I had something to guide me in making something.
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I made up something that resembled a footplate and then cut the original hinged foot-pedals down so i could re-use them for the rudder.  I used some 6mm ply and then epoxied and glassed it all for strength.

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I then took to the cockpit opening with a jigsaw and cut a bit of it away, removing as much as i could to give me more room for the knees to come up – and to let me actually leg-drive.  You get an idea of how much I cut away and how much more room it gives me.




Finally, the keyhole surgery – of installing some rails and fitting the new footplate into the boat.

Of course, with the boat ready, this only left me to get out in it and get ready myself!

I have been out a few times now – and of course, every time I have been out the wind has been terrible, but in only 3 weeks, I have been very happy and over a relative short distance of 15km in 30+km/h winds I have already hit my marathon training pace of 2 years ago!  It took me about 8 weeks last time to hit that pace, so very happy with how things are progressing.

Of course, I would have liked a few more weeks of prep, but once I hit the river it will all fall into place.

With now just 1 week to go, I’ll get out on this weekend I’ll make a couple of small adjustments and then do a nice 20-25km paddle to make sure I’m ready to go.

Border2Beach – Murray River 2016

Wow – it is about to start!

Over the Weekends in March we (Myself and Brad) will paddle the entire length of the Murray River in South Australia from just upstream of the NSW Border at Higgins Cutting to the Murray Mouth at Goolwa.

In the coming days we will post some links where you you will be able to track our progress in (near) real time on a map.

It was nearly a year ago when we first discussed this and a lot has happened but everything is actually coming together

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