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Old 01-15-2012, 04:35 AM   #4366
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Good morning!

I can't believe this is it! What a fun two weeks it's been!

Ned, I hope you have a wonderful day today! Thank you for bringing us all along, you've made us so very proud!

Have fun and bring her home safe today!!!
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:00 AM   #4367
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Thank You Ned & All

Unlike many things from your childhood that you get disillusioned with as you get older, the Dakar started at the beginning of my adulthood and just keeps on improving.

I was working at Manhattan Kawasaki - BMW when I saw my first GS. A 800 cc dirt bike, with shaft drive and a orange seat? I was hooked, but you "followed" the Dakar with magazine articles that were months after the fact and with people and places that you could not pronounce. Your maps were encyclopedias.

ADV, the people that contribute to the multiply threads and Ned Suesse has allowed me to take part in the Dakar.

Thank you Ned, Flood, Packmule, Doyle, Bluebill and all...

Michael Farmer

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Old 01-15-2012, 05:03 AM   #4368
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I hereby order PackMule to offset the cost of a nice dinner out his wife with part of my small donation. I imagine he owes her big time after these last few weeks

I certainly do owe her (and my kids) for having my attention elsewhere for the past two weeks.

But the donations have a higher purpose!


THANK YOU ALL.


BTW, you guys have my back when Ned finds out we did this for him, right?
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:06 AM   #4369
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There are several other comments here about Ned's state of mind right now. I read that several Apollo astronauts had significant life changes after the moon missions. They prepared for years, walked on the moon, returned to earth, and realized "I just walked on the moon! There is nothing I could ever do in my lifetime, or even the next thousand years, to top this." How does achieving lifetime goals affect us?

Some use a Ned's quote as a sig line: "What would you rather do? Nothing. Where would you rather be? Nowhere." Ned lists on his profile - Dream Ride: Dakar. The enormity of accomplishing a lifetime goal causes some introspection.

Very, very true. Hope Ned doesn't get PDBS. (PostDakarBoredomSyndrome)


(only partly kidding)
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:14 AM   #4370
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BTW, you guys have my back when Ned finds out we did this for him, right?
*crickets*
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:17 AM   #4371
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BTW, you guys have my back when Ned finds out we did this for him, right?
I'm behind ya all the way PackMule (I too clicked the donate button)!












I might be running/riding the opposite direction, but I'm behind ya!!
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:20 AM   #4372
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What you're referring to as "preferential treatment", or "corruption" by the french organizers is so ridiculously blatant, it's almost funny.
Ned is the all American hero. Doing the Dakar because he is passionate about it, is a great gifted rider, and because he can.

The French are just... well French.

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Old 01-15-2012, 05:21 AM   #4373
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Ned's pic-o-the-day!



G'night, all.
Awesome!!!!!



Go Ned Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 01-15-2012, 05:25 AM   #4374
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Mornin everyone. Today's the day, and no matter what happens, Ned has DONE the Dakar. Thanks for taking us along, man.

Have a great day out there!
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:28 AM   #4375
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Bring it home and get to Lima safe Ned!

Thanks for the ride. I had no clue that I would get so much out of following you through the Dakar. It is inspirational, motivating, learning and fun all wrapped up and held together by a love for motorcycles and adventure. I originally supported you to follow the whole thing from a gear perspective to see how to get a solid bike together and follow your pre race prep. I got so much more out of it and will happily help out for the next one and I think that goes for the rest of the people posting here.

@PackMule: donation on the way.
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:29 AM   #4376
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Unlike many things from your childhood that you get disillusioned with as you get older, the Dakar started at the beginning of my adulthood and just keeps on improving.

I was working at Manhattan Kawasaki - BMW when I saw my first GS. A 800 cc dirt bike, with shaft drive and a orange seat? I was hooked, but you "followed" the Dakar with magazine articles that were months after the fact and with people and places that you could not pronounce. Your maps were encyclopedias.

ADV, the people that contribute to the multiply threads and Ned Suesse has allowed me to take part in the Dakar.

Thank you Ned, Flood, Packmule, Doyle, Bluebill and all...

Michael Farmer



While we still don't enjoy live, multi channel mainstream tv coverage here in the US, what we do have is light years ahead of where it was even a few years ago. And in some ways, much more satisfying than mainstream coverage.
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:29 AM   #4377
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I certainly do owe her (and my kids) for having my attention elsewhere for the past two weeks.
You are a real class act, Nate.



PS can one of you Adv Admins get that awesome pic of our hero flying in the sand locked on the front page of Adv??



PPS BRING HER HOME, NED!!!!!!!

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Old 01-15-2012, 05:31 AM   #4378
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Just to put today's ride in mileage-persepctive for Colorado locals, it is roughly equivalent to:
Riding up the hill from Colorado Springs to Woodland Park
Doing half a lap around 717 (and waiting for me at every corner... )
Riding back home

This is something Ned does after dinner, several times a week (when he's actually home).

GO NED!!!
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:32 AM   #4379
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Pretty sure Ned just rode by!!!
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:34 AM   #4380
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Pretty sure Ned just rode by!!!
Was he wheelying?
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