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Covers the first half of a journey made by two young men in the 1960s: a pillion journey made by motor scooter, with panniers attached, of some 24,000 miles, across two continents and lasting twelve months; across rough and sometimes, unfriendly terrain. The adventure was to cover the overland journey from then Ceylon, through India, Nepal, Pakistan, Persia and finally to Istanbul in Turkey ( to be later continued across Europe) – all on the back of one 'Rabbit' motor scooter called 'Mirrabooka'.
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Jun 4, 2017WOOSH!Keep your head down! Very soon after you commence reading this grand tale.......as our hero revs up his motorbike to zoom at full throttle under an elephant's belly in order to avoid certain disaster, and emerges unscathed, you become acutely aware that the original Indiana Jones was definitely not a fictionalized character at all!No! Hollywood must've discovered Edsel Ward, and his friend Keith's exploits in 1960, courageously travelling along often terrifyingly dangerous roads through deserts, mountains, jungles, and dealing with thieves,scary bridges,threatening reptiles and opportunistic con men and officials! From boldly facing down pompous bureaucrats abusing their powers,whilst surrounded by hordes of inquisitive locals busily fingering through their belongings in Mirra's (a "Rabbit" scooter) panniers......to curious local fauna (a jerboa - see page 229) that not only tossed the proffered food back at them, but to add insult to injury, kept jumping on the... More > exhausted travellers all night! Amazing history and landscapes are around every "corner", even if that meant traversing vast, parched plains to the next one! They visit stunning architecture and magnificent antiquities, that inspire the greatest awe for these ancient cultures and religions. With endless larrikin humour and resourcefulness that Aussies are renowned for, these two amazing, intrepid young have given us all an insight into what it REALLY means to discover "the road less travelled"! EC June 2017< Less
Feb 2, 2017This is an easy, enjoyable read with plenty of physical and human geography about underdeveloped parts of Asia before their descent into conflict and terror. The journey is unlikely to be repeated like this. It is the dare-devil spirit of these two young 1960's Aussies that engages the reader. As an ex-biker, I can't believe their odyssey was done two-up aboard a primitive off-the-shelf 200cc Rabbit scooter....a machine designed for urban commuting! Even more surprising is that it suffered only one minor mechanical fault: a stripped sparkplug cylinderhead thread. "Ignorance is bliss" describes the naivety of their undertaking which compares with today's Dakar Rally. The great difference now is the modern technology and purpose-designed bikes with support crews. Not so for our two amateur adventurers who with only a sketch map, simple compass, some water, little fuel and a sense of direction, plunged from Sri Lanka northwards through India onto that most ancient of routes,... More > the Silk Road. Foolhardy? Yes. Lucky? Yes. Gutsy? Yes. Deserving members of that great Australian exploring tradition? Most definitely! K.P. Feb. 2017.< Less
Jan 23, 2017A real life adventure through some tough territory and all on ONE tiny motor scooter. The determination shown by these me got them through some tricky and sometimes dangerous situations. I kept a good atlas at hand to follow their journey crossing over rivers, up mountain ranges, often on rough tracks that passed as roads. Is there a movie in here somewhere?
Jul 31, 2016A great book, every man will wish they did this trip, full of typical Australian sayings and humour, when given the choice of an easy or hard route they choose the hard one. Yes Keith in my uncle and Edsel is a friend but I have grown up on the stories from my uncle and Edsel has brought it to life in such a great read and its all true.
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- Edsel F.Ward (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- BARDDRIEV PRESS
- June 4, 2016
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.14 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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