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Old 02-04-2010, 02:50 PM   #16
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Insipring RR...

what an adventure !

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Old 02-04-2010, 05:47 PM   #17
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So glad you posted this. What an achievement.

Fantastic read & simply inspiring.

I hope to be on the CSR this year.
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:52 PM   #18
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Love the photos.. Thanks.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:28 PM   #19
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Great story and photos, top marks, very envious of your achievement!
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:13 PM   #20
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I think this should be a sticky as it epitomises ADVriding!!!
'Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.' Miriam Beard
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:54 PM   #21
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Andreas, like Greg, I remember reading about your trip in Two Wheels.
Later I sold my 75/6 and bought one of the first Pari Daker replica's.

My shed wall had pics of Gaston Rahnier on his original, pics of my Pari Dakar and a couple of pics from the Two Wheels article of your ride.

Thanks for taking the time to scan the photo's and post.
A legendary trip indeed.

Now. . . Bear tells me you have a Video of the trip. Has it been transferred to DVD yet. ?

Andrew Linton.
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:58 AM   #22
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Wow, thanks for the positive feedback everybody. Fred and I learnt a lot from that trip. We made mistakes in various aspects of machinery preparation and so forth but it helped for future rides. The next year we did a Steep Point to Byron Bay crossing via the Simpson and after that Fred began racing in the Wynn's/Australian Safari for five consecutive years. His experiences in outback riding proved invaluable for success in those events.
I took a Super 8 movie camera (no sound) on the CSR trip and recently found the film after having lost it for about 25 years! It has now been digitised so I have some motion vision that can be viewed on 21st century equipment.
I must say it really gives me a bit of a warm fuzzy feeling when people say that ride was an inspiration to them. Only a few things in life are better than a bloody good motorcycle adventure ride.
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:42 AM   #23
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:12 AM   #24
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How about posting some of the digitised film. We'd love to see it!
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:22 AM   #25
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:35 PM   #26
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An epic adventure. One of my favorite reports.
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:04 PM   #27
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Excellent story, "A", You Powell boys are a force. Thanks for posting.

One question, why did you decide to send Fred for gas instead of going yourself?
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:17 PM   #28
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That's awesome!
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:20 PM   #29
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Great Ride Report!

Thanks for bringing your past into the present.

I too, would love to see the digitized film. Maybe post it on YouTube or one of the other video sites?
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:56 PM   #30
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Great stuff 'A'

Thanks for the words and pics, one of the best ride reports I've had the pleasure to read. Five thumbs up from me.

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