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RUST magazine: RUST Australia Special

RUST magazine: RUST Australia Special We join Touratech on a three-week adventure ride into The Outback! The guys at Touratech HQ had a seriously busy 2016, so what did they do to find some stress relief at the end of the year? Yep, they jumped on their bikes and went for an adventure ride! Again, through our special relationship with the T-Team, our editor JB got invited along. And he was so glad he was, as the Outback ride became his ride of the year. Australia is no hidden gem but sometimes it might just be a little underrated – in the words of the Australians themselves: the country is ‘sensational’. So here’s that trip, in JB’s words and pictures (and those of his companions). And we guarantee after reading this you’ll want an Australian adventure of your own. Oh, and keep an eye on Touratech’s website, come June they’ll have a full-length film of the adventure… We trust you’ll enjoy it! JON BENTMAN (Editor, RUST)


BLUE TONGUE The Touratech adventurers were then spread across tens of kilometres of the Oodnadatta Track – riding together was impractical (the dust!) and unnecessary. The seven riders dissected into pairs and singles. at the tail end, I wasn’t even moving. I’d found a blue-tongued skink (lizard) on the track and was lying down there with it, on that ancient soil. We were on our bellies, just inches apart, each trying to figure the other out. Minutes passed and in the 40º heat I was boiling, but the skink just looked back, not across the few centimetres that separated us, but centuries, millennia, he being a virtual dinosaur. Only then, after some fair time, did I start to understand the true balance here. I was in effect holding my breath, I could only stay here in this near-desert for as long as my 30-litres of fuel and 13-litres of water would allow. after that I’d be finished, dead, in a matter of days if not hours. This little guy will live his whole life here, perfectly adapted as he is, a master of the land. I was looking at him with wonder; I daresay he saw me with contempt, if emotion in a skink was at all possible. Ramona Schwarz was at least moving. For her the Outback was a calming, soothing experience “Riding into the Outback was like taking a break from this crazy world. as we flew into Melbourne the geo-political situation felt to be in such turmoil. The mass migrations into europe from the african-arabian continent,

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