Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Once a year Darwin hosts the challenge, I am talking here of “the” Challenge with a huge capital “C”. well actually it is a capital “K”. K is for KAMFARI, an event to rival any tough enduro anywhere in the world, well almost.

What a machine looks like after the swamp fest of the Kamfari

What a machine looks like after the swamp fest of the Kamfari

 

It involves around 100 + foolhardy characters who like to announce their participation in this addictive pastime with a few sound effects or body leans and throttle twisting actions for good measure. They spend many an hour preparing an off road motorcycle for a very punishing event. Admittedly a higher percentage of riders actually finish this event than those that see the chequered  flag at the Erzberg Rodeo, but only just!

The pit area. No Crew is permitted to be in there when the rider is. All tools and spares to be carried by the rider.

The pit area. No Crew is permitted to be in there when the rider is. All tools and spares to be carried by the rider.

 

The loop consists of 15-18 kilometers of wet and swampy terrain, interspersed with sand and some rocky sections. The main feature and absolute killer though, is the tropical 32 degrees Centigrade heat and humidity. After you have just pulled your steed from a deep quicksand, gaining composure to get back on and plug forward is a momentous effort.

I have ridden this event a few times now, and the determination to see that finish flag is paramount. You must keep moving forward, as long as the machine will still run keeping, that drive to see the flag and revel in the satisfaction of surviving the four hours on your own in a very hostile environment must impel you. You must keep moving forward. 

 

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