Where do you begin when describing what is the ultimate riding event you've ever been part of? Something that you've dreamt of doing for a decade but never quite gotten around to committing to due to work and finances never being in balance correctly. To start at the beginning of the actual journey would be wrong, as so much goes into getting to the start of any big undertaking. Lets begin at what was the commitment point for me. It's a bright sunny winter's day, Tuesday 4th of June, 2013, as I'm headed west, homeward the 800 kilometres from Melbourne to Adelaide. I'm sitting on 90 kilometres an hour in my new Ebay purchase, an old white Daihatsu 2 tonne van, windows down and foot close to the floor as the leaky exhaust from the rusted tail-pipe somewhere near the rear axle tries to constantly choke me in swirling diesel fumes. The van's ladden down with a complete set of every spare the previous owner could ever collect, except a working radio, so I'm listening to the clatter and rattles of the bits when suddenly my phone rings. It's Jaye from the Australasian Safari office. And she's offering me a position on the 2013 event's already fully booked Adventure Tour. I can't say "Yes, absolutely" quick enough. Fill out entry Part A and have the $1000 deposit lodged by Friday? - "No worries, I reckon I can do that." And after a short while of hanging up on Jaye, the cogs are spinning as I try to work out if I can extend myself financially to take on the offer. To get a place on the sold out Safari Adventure tour, where you get to ride the same tracks as the racers, eat at the same tables and experience every part of an event known as "Dakar Down-under", is just too good to pass up. Especially on my sexy old 1990 Yamaha Super Tenere. I had just under 3 months to get sorted, before the September 18th Oz Safari kick off. Now, just to get things moving quickly and in the right direction. I had to turn my faithful old steed from a proven Adventure bike into a fast, reliable racing machine. The before shot.... A regular style action shot... And one of my favourite Adventure moments... (photo credit -1WD) There's a pattern forming here that would be repeated often, a bit later in the Ride Report. Stay tuned.