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Old 01-15-2012, 07:25 AM   #4456
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Congratulations Ned!

An impressive accomplishment in both preparation and execution. Of course, you got to ride a light little enduro bike. You didn't have to drag a 400lb real rally bike through thousands of kilometers of dunes and fesh fesh. I think you had actually seen a rally bike or two before you entered the event. But I'm sure you had your challenges. You didn't have to ride through a minefield at night, and nobody threatened to shoot at you. Your assistance crew was well rested, had access to phone, internet, and towns with stores, and didn't have to spend precious time working on the truck. Gosh it seemed difficult, though. I think you even got chairs to sit on when you ate. You probably didn't encounter malaria-infested mosquitos and didn't have to spend a night in the dunes due to an ASO mistake. But it looked really really tough anyway.

Good job! Welcome to a very small group who know what you've been through.

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Old 01-15-2012, 07:27 AM   #4457
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Inspiring, thanks and Congrats!
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:27 AM   #4458
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Anyone follow the tour de France? Same organization they were on lance like stink on shit.

I am so proud of Ned and what he has done. I am disappointed in the Dakar though after this year.
The exception being that the ASO was just running the event, the UCI is actually reffing it.

...and yeah, they were all over LA like flies on poo. Damn yankees!

Awesome job Ned!

To be irreverent, I kinda feel like

(from the Life of Brian if you're wondering)

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Old 01-15-2012, 07:30 AM   #4459
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Congratulations Ned!

An impressive accomplishment in both preparation and execution. Of course, you got to ride a light little enduro bike. You didn't have to drag a 400lb real rally bike through thousands of kilometers of dunes and fesh fesh. I think you had actually seen a rally bike or two before you entered the event. But I'm sure you had your challenges. You didn't have to ride through a minefield at night, and nobody threatened to shoot at you. Your assistance crew was well rested, had access to phone, internet, and towns with stores, and didn't have to spend precious time working on the truck. Gosh it seemed difficult, though. I think you even got chairs to sit on when you ate. You probably didn't encounter malaria-infested mosquitos and didn't have to spend a night in the dunes due to an ASO mistake. But it looked really really tough anyway.

Good job! Welcome to a very small group who know what you've been through.

fun fun
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OK Ned, doing it the first time was luck. Now show us again!
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:31 AM   #4460
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Today is the first day of preparation for next year . Thanks for keeping the spirit of the Dakar alive
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:33 AM   #4461
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Congratulations on a dream fulfilled. I've been following through every page of the F5 thread as well as here. Thank you my friend for taking all of us along on your ADVenture.

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Old 01-15-2012, 07:34 AM   #4462
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Congratulations Ned!

An impressive accomplishment in both preparation and execution. Of course, you got to ride a light little enduro bike. You didn't have to drag a 400lb real rally bike through thousands of kilometers of dunes and fesh fesh. I think you had actually seen a rally bike or two before you entered the event. But I'm sure you had your challenges. You didn't have to ride through a minefield at night, and nobody threatened to shoot at you. Your assistance crew was well rested, had access to phone, internet, and towns with stores, and didn't have to spend precious time working on the truck. Gosh it seemed difficult, though. I think you even got chairs to sit on when you ate. You probably didn't encounter malaria-infested mosquitos and didn't have to spend a night in the dunes due to an ASO mistake. But it looked really really tough anyway.

Good job! Welcome to a very small group who know what you've been through.

fun fun
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:34 AM   #4463
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Congratulations

Congratulations Ned, very inspirational.

I'm proud to have been able to support your effort and will do it again in a heartbeat.
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:36 AM   #4464
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Congratulations Ned, great stuff!!!!!!!



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Old 01-15-2012, 07:36 AM   #4465
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CONGRATULATIONS NED!!!
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:36 AM   #4466
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Has this been posted here already? Live stream from the podium here:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/canal-7-online
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:37 AM   #4467
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Congratulations Ned and thanks for taking us along. Absolutely amazing.
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:39 AM   #4468
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Way to go Ned!

Way to go Ned. From this end you made it look easy. I'm sure it wasn't, but it just goes to show how well prepared you were. What a great effort to get there and what a great accomplishment to finish.
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:41 AM   #4469
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Congrats Ned!!! All the hard work has paid off and you did it.

"Ned Suesse Dakar finisher" has a nice ring to it. We are so proud of you and a little speechless at the moment.

We can't wait to follow along on the next adventure...whatever it may be.
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:41 AM   #4470
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