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HLO Day 27: The Bag Breaks And 3G Dies

It’s been quite a banner day for the Hand Luggage Only project. One wheel on the all-important bag has fallen off and I’ve encountered my worst 3G reception yet — within metropolitan Sydney.

I have no idea where the wheel on the case went. It was there when I got off the plane from Perth yesterday, but by the time I departed from my central Sydney hotel this morning, it had disappeared. I can kind of roll the bag using the single remaining wheel, but it won’t be much of an option once this particular trip is over.

I shouldn’t complain, really. The bag was an industry freebie I got years ago, resurrected recently because it meets the key requirements for this trip: biggest possible dimensions for a single item of carry-on luggage, wheels built-on, and no built-in compartments, leading to maximum packing flexibility. It’s served the task well, save for the sudden absence of mobility. And at least I can buy a replacement with a longer handle.

The 3G disaster occurred on the train journey to Kiama (itself filled with drama that I’ll get to another time). I fully expected the odd blackspot on this journey — one of the reasons I was doing it was to see if daily commuters could rely on the service — but for pretty much the whole second half I couldn’t even scare up Next G. Bear in mind how frequently Telstra boasts about the reach of its network: I was sitting on a frequently stationery metropolitan train service in Australia’s biggest city and it didn’t work. No wonder the carriage was so quiet.

Throughout May 2009, Lifehacker Australia editor Angus Kidman will be travelling throughout Australia with just one carry-on bag for the Hand Luggage Only project.

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