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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)

pickaxes while converted

pickaxes while converted trucks and busses run conveyors and sifting drums. There’s no state mining operation here, these are modern gold rush type chancers hoping for that million-dollar find. On the Track we looked upon history again and again, so individual, so plain to see in the comparative emptiness of the Outback. We found memorials to the afghan camel drivers (cameleers) who helped to open up this region (to the new settlers) around the turn of the 20th century. Often we had to our left the embankment of the old Ghan railway track that connected adelaide to alice Springs – Ghan being a shortening of afghan, as the line had been nicknamed the afghan express in reverence to those cameleers. Off to our right, but a ways off, we knew was the first trans-australian route – an exploration seeking to establish a telegraph line – taken by Burke and Wills that came to a famously tragic end in 1861. Then more recent history again, as we passed by the huge Lake eyre (a salt lake) where between 1963 and ’64 donald campbell had fought against unheard of rains to set a new land speed record (403mph) in his car ‘Bluebird’. Snapshots taken by locals at the time, some still held in place by old brass drawing pins, adorned the walls of the ‘hotels’ and stores in nearby William creek. Such history could fill hours of thinking time as we rode the tracks. With so little change, so little modernity in these outback

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