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Women, kids, beginners and idiots

I could name this post as “68th trip to Fossil Rock” but this name should fit better as we brought several importan decisions to modify this trip. First, we decided to put steering into hands of female. Second, we decided to take with us four beginners. Third, we also decided to join baby in the team, and fourth, regarding idiots, that wasn’t our decision - nature made Gernot as he is.
I must admit that I was afraid of “female” dune riding, specially when I take into account trip to Shwaib (still not published) and pleasure that Barbara afford to us after few meters of driving…

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Luckily, this time was different. Much different. (OK, I wrote, can I get something to eat now?)
As I wrote, we had ladies drivers, and then we had drivers that never felt sand under wheels, like Volker…

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…and at the end, the youngest desert explorer in history of our desert trips.

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Very atypical for desert rally. Besides, eight cars out of which four are beginners, everything was telling me that this is going to be long session with shovel. The weather was awful: windy, sunny, hot…

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We queued in Al Aweer, this part of the road is familiar from previous trips.

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Valerie had some friends that are professionals in recording of fast attractive actions. Not any kind of recording, like those HRT employees that are recording slow Croatian football and even there they miss the best parts. Those can tape just growth of the flowers comparing to these people…

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I showed some interest for their equipment…

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…and it was peace while I was on technical details. As soon as I asked for price and availability, a rough command came from Blazer's bridge to “move from that thing and sit in the car”.

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Deflating was fast and soon we were in desert…

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First Gernot, as he was heading this time, than we, and after us the others. First break was after 25-30 minutes, and this first part passed without any problem. My captain drove perfectly.

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At the end of first section, new drivers exchanged their deep impressions. Some of them felt relief …

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…and some of them understood passing of first ten sandy kilometers as big life achievement…

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Wind was so strong that the track from previous car disappeared after several seconds, so drivers were forced to show great innovativeness…

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Then we move to more demanding area, with high dines and slopes…

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…that everybody solved without bigger problems…

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…except some that needed copilot and instructor for this action.

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Just one small incident happened, nothing serious, just to show that even Wrangler can get stuck.

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…and besides that there was nothing spectacular that we could offer to audience…

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…but we have several nice shoots: Volker’s first slope…

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or Gernot’s destroyed bumper. I told you that besides women, kids and beginners we had an idiot. At the same place where he was beaten and where he was eating sand (see post from January 6th) he climbed up the dune and fall into small bowl…

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…but I will not go into details, as you know he doesn’t like reporters (young lady is just collateral damage of his endless stupidity)

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…and at the end, he deserved this because he is a Werder fan.

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Then we continued through wadi, toward Fossil Rock…

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… and soon after we concluded that there is no sense to go further. It was late, the weather was bad, a lot of beginners… We turn our cars and went back to Dubai through combination of rain…

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…sandy walls…

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… and perfectly cleaned Emirate roads…

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We remember better trips, aren’t we?


Post je objavljen 18.03.2006. u 11:09 sati.