I’m home and back in the land of decent Thai food 🙂 Everything got wetter than I immediately saw in Coffs Harbour; it appears that the inner liner sacks have a life of about 15 years, and they’re looking a bit mildewy and damp. Water came through in all panniers to some degree, and then soaked into stuff at the bottom of the sacks. Not your book, Danya (luckily), as it was at the top. Also, the electrical/computer items were all double-bagged in special water-proof packs I purchased from Paddy Pallin or in Glad Bags (yay for Glad Bags!) so they’re all ok.
Checking the puzzle books I had been keeping for the train, they were just pulp so I bought some more in Coffs before I left. Also, when I pulled out the first aid kit last night, I found that the prescription repeats, and all the paper/cardboard items from the kit were all sodden, although they’re drying out fine now.
In the rear, my jeans and laundry bag soaked up the bulk of the water; that’s all right as I have to wash all my clothes anyway. At the moment, I have some stuff hanging on the clothes line and some in the washing machine with a load to go. Hopefully, it will remain dry and sunny long enough to allow me to get rid of the sense of dampness that’s following me around 🙂 I think I’ll have to invest in new liner sacks and do some testing with a hose to check waterproofness again before I need to depend on the panniers for a day in the rain (not likely for a while, I hope).
Oh, and decent internet connection – loving it. I was online getting stuff done until 2am and all at a normal and useful speed. I’m not caught up on all the things I bookmarked while I was up north, but a fair amount of those videos etc. have been watched or downloaded. It’s nice not being cut off from the world any more 🙂