May 21, 3305
Distance from Kunti: 22,040.29ly
Distance to Colonia: 0.00ly
Distance to Beagle Point: 46,241.11ly
It took two massive, long days, but I’ve managed to traverse the 8000 light year gap between Gagarin Gate and Jaques Station in Colonia, the first major rest stop on my journey. It’s been a marathon effort to get here this fast, and I’m really happy with my progress so far.
Looking forward to taking a bit of a break and doing some work in the area. I intend on getting on friendly terms with a few of the local factions, and accessing the services of the local engineers. That will take some work that my StarNova is ill-equipped to carry out, so along with a visit to Universal Catographics to sell off the data I’ve gained so far, I’ll need to take a visit to the shipyard here and get a suitable craft to run around in. Tomorrow should have a logbook entry detailing it.
In the meantime, however, the last two days have not been just pure speed. My tireless scanning efforts have continued, and resulted in some nice finds. Plenty more terraformables, water and ammonia worlds...and at long last, the first earthlike of my trip! It has already been discovered and logged by another commander, but more data on it can’t hurt, and it’s still a nice milestone to have reached on my journey. Hopefully I will stumble across a few more as I head out beyond colonised space.
The journey’s starting to have an effect on the StarNova, though. She’s starting to show signs of wear from the long trip, especially the long supercruise runs to reach remote terraformable worlds for scanning. This morning started off on a worrying trend when the core systems refused to come online as I powered her up for the day. Thankfully some minor diagnostic work fixed the issue, and hopefully that will be the end of that.
I’m also feeling the effects of it. While I’m loving the spectacular views, and will likely never tire of the vast nebulae and strong worlds I can come across, this break will be very welcome, and hopefully keep by urge to explore going strong for the next arduous leg of the trip, whenever I see fit to leave.
For now, though, I’m going to celebrate with a few drinks, introduce myself to the locals here, and get a good night’s rest. The adventure’s on a short break, but the work continues tomorrow, all the same!
CMDR AustralianChaos, signing off.