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post #1 of 7 Old 07-31-2012, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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They could have cut the last picture... I was trying to eat my lunch!
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"His car broke down in the middle of the desert, tens of kilometers from the nearest settlement." Wouldn't it be easier to walk? Perhaps he didn't know where he was going?

Also, the only thing I know about citrons is that the guys on Top Gear make fun of them a lot.

Really neat story - from now one no one has permission to complain that my tool kit is too heavy.

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okay, makes more sense after *actually* reading the article. lol

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So who took the photos of him? Why would someone stay out there so long when it would have been easier to walk??

Just happened to have speedos with him??

I call BS on this story ever since I saw it

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So who took the photos of him? Why would someone stay out there so long when it would have been easier to walk??

Just happened to have speedos with him??

I call BS on this story ever since I saw it
Apparently he was 30 km from the nearest town, or about 18 miles.

18 miles is certainly walkable. That is 6 hours at 3mph, which isn't a fast walk. He had adequate supplies to do it too. A day of walking would be by no means fun, but doable considering he lasted 10 sitting with his car. Unless he didn't know where to go, then he might be better off with a hacked together powered vehicle.

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Here's another article with some better photos:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ilisation.html

I don't know if the story is true or not. It struck me when I read the article that it stated he was only "tens of kilometers" away from civilization. Even if it was 90 kilometers away, that's only 55 miles.

It would seem to me he would expend more energy making the "motorcycle" than just walking even 55 miles. If the story is true, it would be a hell of a lot of work and effort to tear apart a car and rig it together as a makeshift vehicle.

There's no doubt the machine was created, but I wonder if he didn't have an unseen "support team" in place to help him. One of the photos claims you can see a string in his hand operating a camera. How the hell do you operate a camera with a string and why would the caption bother pointing this out unless they thought folks would be skeptical? This was in 1993, not the '60's.

Also seems weird it happened that long ago and not much has been made of it until now.

My call? Real makeshift vehicle; story most likely staged for publicity or just for the hell of it.



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