DARWIN to ADELAIDE 130 S, 1310 E – 350 S, 1380 E - Ch 14
KULO LUNA - Grace and beauty, these giant fins propel the whale at considerable speed over thousands of miles from feeding to breeding grounds.
Steve and Charley surveyed the podium and the end points of the start line being built for the forthcoming World Solar Challenge.
“I wonder if this event will be the same again after the boat race.” Charley frowned,
“Just a little confusing I’d say - boss. The World Solar Navigation Challenge is an accurate description of the event – the WSNC. A bunch of boats are literally going to race around the World.” She continued, “The WSC is a bunch of cars driving 3,000 miles across Australia’s belly. The only reason ‘World’ is in the title, is because entrants come from all over the world.” Steve jumped in,
“But then, there are other long distance land events with entrants from all over the world.”
“True Blue,” said Charley with an Aussie twang. It was not often she was so opinionated. Steve smiled, secretly impressed.
“Did you know solar racing began as a sports in the 1980’s with this race for cars across the Stuart Highway, through: Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Woomera and Port Pirie, ending in Adelaide. Contestants battled sand storms, brushwood, road trains (those large Australian trucks pulling several trailers) and each other across miles of unmade desert roads.”
“Yuh” replied Charley, we’re here.” They climbed out of the SUV and looked at the buildings façade.
“Not as grand as Melbourne, but charming in its own way.” They entered the reception hall to see a historic picture display of the event that had made Darwin famous.......
So too the intrepid Frenchman, Louis Bleriot had crossed the Channel in 1909 from Dover to Calais in 37 minutes, then came Charles Lindbergh, with his Atlantic crossing in Spirit of St Louis from New York to Paris in 1927 which flight took 33 hours and 30 minutes. This crossing fired the imagination of air operators, eventually leading to Panam, BA, Quantas and other air operators offering scheduled flights to shrink the globe. But at a price. Air Miles became Carbon Miles in reality, that would speed up
warming, as holiday makers basked in the sunshine destinations, they were helping to make hotter, by going there. Irony at its best.
"One memorable vehicle represented a missed opportunity for mankind
in 1996 – with instant electric refueling for a 150 mpg
hybrid, pooh, poohed by British think tanks in favour of
hydrogen, but then later in 2018, the same British think tanks
begging for the same solution, as battery electric cars took
to the streets in greater numbers."
“In 1883 Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach built an IC powered motorcycle, then in 1890 founded
Daimler Motor Co which built
Mercedes cars. Karl Benz was the first engineer to sell four wheel four stroke powered vehicles to a standardised pattern in 1885. Then in 1897 German engineer Rudolf
Diesel built the first compression ignition four stroke engine. Henry Ford came along in 1908 with his famous Model T followed by the all important mass-production line 1913 which revolutionised car production for the masses and was just as important as the invention of the motor car.”
"And then we come to the solar cell. NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, developed the silicon based solar cell to power satellites in the 1950s and 1960s. Satellites needed constant onboard power for inertial stability, to maintain geostationary orbit and radio transmissions."
"At the same time the silicon transistor miniaturisation was born for use in modern computers, which first navigated Apollo Moon missions there and back. The Human race had come a long way since the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta invented his famous battery Pile to generate a small electric current and British mathematician Charles Babbage had begun construction of his vault size calculating machine. He died in 1871, after the government refused financial support to complete the work. ........."
KULO LUNA - Is the story of a giant humpback whale and her young friend Kana who is killed by pirate whalers in the south pacific ocean. Enraged by the death of Kana, Kulo attacks the pirate ship, finally sinking it, but getting herself wounded in the process.
On hearing of the sinking of one of their suppliers, a Japanese cartel put a $multi-million dollar bounty on her head, when another whaling ship gives chase. Before not too long the media hear of the hunt and betting begins all around the world. At this point our hero, John Storm, abandons a solar boat race to try and help the whale where his boat, the Elizabeth Swan, is not far away from the last sighting.
John rescues Kulo from being eaten by sharks, but that is just the beginning of their adventure, as the pirates whalers close in for the kill........
The map above shows you where Kulo's epic fight for life begins and concludes. Copyright © Jameson Hunter 2006 and 2018. The right of Jameson Hunter to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted in accordance with section 77 and 78 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. In this work of fiction, the characters, places and events are either the product of the author’s imagination or they are used entirely fictitiously. Blueplanet Universal Productions & Electrick Publications, London, England. ISBN: 0-953-7824-01
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