I have arrived at the Jaques Station in Colonia, and the eighteen-month journey is finally over. The legs with dates are in the table below. The Cobra lost 65 % of its paintwork, and my exploration rank increased from Surveyor to Ranger.
My ship had a meagre ~26 light-years jump range. Upgrading to a Diamondback Explorer or Asp Explorer would have shortened the trip, and I should have enabled the jet-cone boost from the beginning. Visiting all Blue Star Line, and Colonia Connection systems led to some detours, but in exchange, I was able to collect more exploration data. Next time I will probably only visit the stations to save time.
Blu Thua AI-A c14-10
Lagoon Sector NI-S b4-10
Eagle Sector IR-W d1-117
Removed Planetary Vehicle Hangar to increase jump range.
I am past Sacaqawea Space Port in Skaudai CH-B d14-34 system now, which means half of the trip is done. It is starting to feel it was a stupid idea to try to get to Colonia. Just jumping from system to system is not really interesting gameplay and exploring the planets would slow me even more.
The journey to Colonia is taking much more time anticipated, but I have finally passed the Eudaemon Anchorage in Rohini system. It is the first station on the route, and I took advantage of the outfitting services to shed some weight from my Cobra.
Technical difficulties (severe server connection issues) delayed the third leg of the journey to Colonia, and I arrived at Eagle’s Landing in Eagle Sector IR-W d1-117 system one week behind schedule. There were more brown dwarfs on the plotted route, and I had to perform several corrections to find fuel stars.
Already late, I abstained from taking a closer look at the systems and only snatched a couple of detailed scans on the fly. Since fast travel is more important for the journey than exploration, I am thinking of getting rid of the so far unused vehicle hangar at the next station with outfitting services to increase the jump range a bit.
I have arrived at Amundsen Terminal in Lagoon Sector NI-S b4-10 system and completed the second leg of the journey on time. The route went through a brown dwarf field, but I got through with minimal course corrections.
Regardless of the goal to get to Colonia fast, I stopped to perform surface scans in an unexplored system to get some first discovered credits. I am tempted to explore more on the way, but so far the systems have been pretty dull, and I do not want unnecessary delays.
I recently joined Mobius to be able to fly among other commanders without the risk of being ganked. At first, I planned to get involved in the BGS for the Order of Mobius but decided to move to Colonia to support MCRN instead of staying in the bubble. I have desired to get more into exploration and since the Colonia Connection Highway was constructed the trip to Colonia can be done in reasonably sized 2000 light year pieces.
I considered purchasing a Diamondback or an Asp for the journey, but in the end, I decided to depart in my old Cobra which was already fitted as a planetary explorer. I have completed the first leg of the journey and landed at Hillary Depot in Blu Thua AI-A c14-10 system. If I keep up the pace, I should reach Colonia in about nine weeks.