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Mad Aussie
11-25-2012, 05:42 PM
Following on from my Set No Limits thread here http://www.photography.ca/Forums/newreply.php?do=postreply&t=19430

It was a huuuge effort to get around the track. The wheelchair was brand new when we started ... it had 5mm less rubber on the wheels when we got around, it was that steep! We used the rope to hold the chair from getting away from us going down (it took two of us to hold it) and to pull the chair up as two pushed to get back up the top where we were camped.

At the top, my dad kept saying "leave me here" you guys can't get me down there, it's too steep" ... but when you get us 3 brothers together the crazy comes out ;)

We had countless people come over and shake our hands (most shook dad's hand actually) and tell us how cool (and crazy) it was we were doing this.
We'd driven about 13 -14 hours to be there and see this circuit ... it was the first time EVER that we'd all been away together ... we were going to let a small mountain and a 6.2 km race circuit stop us :)

Here's a few snaps from the IPHONE from the week away ...

Dad on our breakfast stop after 4 hours of driving
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A petrified log at a toilet stop
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Uranus (and my brothers!) on the Planet section of the Newell Hwy
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Some town along the way
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more soon ...

Mad Aussie
11-25-2012, 05:49 PM
After leaving home about 3am, this was our view as entered the outskirts of our destination ... Bathurst NSW
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Stopped in a park to fill the water tanks and have a quick pee
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With Dad's heart issues his circulation isn't good which in turn means he feels the cold more than we do
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Our camp biatch cooking brekky
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more soon ...

Mad Aussie
11-25-2012, 06:38 PM
Telling my brother off ... a set up to send his wife back home
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Mmmmm hotcake brekky at Maccas
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Our campsite
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The walk around the 6.2km circuit begins ...
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Mad Aussie
11-25-2012, 06:44 PM
Gives an idea of the height we had to deal with. We had to get dad all the done there to town level ... and back up
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With Graeme's nerve issues he couldn't use his arms to help ... but his legs were ok so the rope came in handy
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We found a drunk bloke and with a quick bit of reverse psychology from me he decided to prove he WAS a man by pushing dad up the steepest section! I love playing with drunks!
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Me holding a special stubby cooler from the race
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more soon ...

Bambi
11-25-2012, 06:48 PM
so much fun. you should put these into a photo book and give copies to the family for Xmas.

Mad Aussie
11-25-2012, 06:53 PM
Found a hot chick for my brother
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Yes, it's true ... it's me! Here I'm showing my wife back home how much I love her.
And the T-shirt says "It's not that I forget ... it's just that I don't care"
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After several days of motor racing, the big day arrived.
At 5am I was here digging in and staking our claim beside the track. Took me an hour. Then I settled in for the 2 hour wait for the racing to start
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That's it :)

ewaizel
11-26-2012, 12:31 AM
Congratulations! You'll never forget these moments you spent together.

Matt K.
11-26-2012, 07:43 PM
nice going, MA .. especially loved the Virtual Solar System Drive poster , and the portrait of your dad eating breakkie ....

Mad Aussie
11-26-2012, 08:15 PM
Thanks EW :)

Thanks Matt ... and yeh ... the planets were shining bright that day huh? Hopefully it doesn't make you think of the 'Big Bang' theory ;)

Lungelarry
11-26-2012, 08:27 PM
OK pics,but a GREAT story:thumbup:

Realist
11-26-2012, 08:49 PM
Looks like you had a great time. That's one long trip though, I usually fly when it's that far!

Mad Aussie
11-26-2012, 11:27 PM
Cheers Larry ... yeh ... iphone pics ... I never make an effort :)

It was a great week Realist ... and driving was half the fun. How else could I have brought you the shot of Uranusanus? ;)

Marko
11-27-2012, 10:16 AM
Thanks so much for sharing the story through words and pics - awesome on many levels my friend.

Andrew
11-27-2012, 11:54 AM
A great set of photos for memories that will last you years. After going through all those photos a couple of times I do have to say one thing though,,,rum out of a can is just plain wrong.

Mad Aussie
11-27-2012, 02:48 PM
Thanks Marko.

Thanks also Andrew ... and the Rum ... they search your car/trailer etc manually and with drug and firearm dogs ... no glass allowed, cans only.

Hillbillygirl
11-28-2012, 07:30 PM
Awesome storyline to go along with these glimpses into you, and your families life MA. Thanks for sharing these wonderful memories with us all. Looks like a lot of fun, and brought a smile to my face also.

Mad Aussie
11-30-2012, 05:00 PM
Awesome storyline to go along with these glimpses into you, and your families life MA. Thanks for sharing these wonderful memories with us all. Looks like a lot of fun, and brought a smile to my face also.
Glad to hear it :)

asnow
12-01-2012, 12:22 PM
Wow. I almost fell off my chair when I saw Uranus. These pictures really give us a sense of your journey. Thanks for taking us along for the ride. Trust your brother to find the hot chick.

Mad Aussie
12-03-2012, 03:58 AM
Wow. I almost fell off my chair when I saw Uranus. These pictures really give us a sense of your journey. Thanks for taking us along for the ride. Trust your brother to find the hot chick.
It wasn't my anu... oh ... right ... gotcha :)
I found the hot chick ... and pushed him towards her and said go for the cuddle ... and she heard and grabbed him :)