The time has come... Neduro DID Dakar!

Discussion in 'Racing' started by neduro, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. neduro

    neduro Addict Super Moderator

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    Thanks, all. I was flattered they asked me to write it.

    FWIW, I think it's really important for all of us to support the AMA. There are so many threats to our sport- not only the off-road access issues, but also Ethanol, health insurance laws, etc. The AMA has its flaws, but they are what we have, and they are working hard on our behalf in Washington.
  2. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Hey Guymanbro, do you want to mail me your copy od the rag so I can read Ned's article?:D
  3. Brodovitch

    Brodovitch Team ⌘R

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    I really enjoyed that snippet of The article, Ned has a way of phrasing things that I just can't when trying to explain the thrill of multiday racing to friends / other racers

    Is there any way to find the whole article online for us non-US riders?

    The lesson above reminds me of one of my favourite poems by CP Cavafy:

    As you set out for Ithaka
    hope the voyage is a long one,
    full of adventure, full of discovery.
    Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
    angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
    you’ll never find things like that on your way
    as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
    as long as a rare excitement
    stirs your spirit and your body.
    Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
    wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
    unless you bring them along inside your soul,
    unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
    *
    Hope the voyage is a long one.
    May there be many a summer morning when,
    with what pleasure, what joy,
    you come into harbors seen for the first time;
    may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
    to buy fine things,
    mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
    sensual perfume of every kind—
    as many sensual perfumes as you can;
    and may you visit many Egyptian cities
    to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.
    *
    Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
    Arriving there is what you are destined for.
    But do not hurry the journey at all.
    Better if it lasts for years,
    so you are old by the time you reach the island,
    wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
    not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
    *
    Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
    Without her you would not have set out.
    She has nothing left to give you now.
    *
    And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
    Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
    you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.


    Translated by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard

    (C.P. Cavafy, Collected Poems. Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Edited by George Savidis. Revised Edition. Princeton University Press, 1992)
  4. guymanbro

    guymanbro da Vermonster

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    Sure thing. Or I could scan it and email it and you could read it today . . . PM me and we'll sort out the details. :deal
  5. Boondoggle

    Boondoggle Gear Grinder

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    I was already glad to have been able (in a small way) to support Neduro's effort.

    After reading the piece in AMA, I'm even happier and prouder to have done so.

    Well done, sir. :thumb
  6. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    Hi Ned:
    I was handing John tools tonight when you called. :freaky
  7. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Nice column, Ned!
  8. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Ditto! Glad I too could contribute a wee bit to your effort. The only problem is now that Jonah has retired from competition and you and Bill have been there who am I going to throw a few $$ at this year?
  9. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    :augie

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=777301

    Lyndon is as good a guy as you'll ever meet, and an incredible rider. He's a good friend too, and I'm proud to be helping his effort and printing his shirts this year. :thumb
  10. hilslamer

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  11. neduro

    neduro Addict Super Moderator

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    +2!!!

    HERE are the support packages
  12. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Perfect, thanks for the link Duke, I'm subscribed.
  13. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    Professor Duro,

    This is what a cell cam and a plasma can do. :lol3

    Story line that morning was Ned - last American rider. In case you don't have the tape. :thumb

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  14. Dread Pendragon

    Dread Pendragon throttle to the donk

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    Nice video Dread, thanks for sharing!:D
  16. Bluebull2007

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    I interviewed Ned a couple of times during his rally, one of them just after he came off Stage 12 where he endoed on a 300m downhill from hell. You can find them in these two vids I did.

    Ned, thinking back on it almost a year later, you had your head 100% in it, so focussed yet always had the time for a friendly chat. Thank you for sharing your experiences - You will always be a hero in my books. :bow :clap :clap:clap

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  17. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Amen to that! :freaky
  18. Pantah

    Pantah Red Sox Nation

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    Yeah, that was truly a great ride. Engineered one might say... :devildog
  19. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    As I've said prior, It would be really great to hear from Ned at this juncture... a year removed and leading up to the 2013 Dakar. His reflections would be very insightful. I'd be curious as to what his outlook is, if he feels differently after completing the race. Does he yearn for another shot, or is it out of his system. What he feels are the characteristics of those who compete in this race year after year after year.

    Just my 2 bits...
  20. Dread Pendragon

    Dread Pendragon throttle to the donk

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    As always there are a number of Dakar threads going on. Ned posted his thoughts yesterday.