2016 provided the opportunity to run in my new Arctic Cat Super Duty 700cc Diesel quad, the heir apparent to my 2007 Diesel (I still love Big-Red!).
In 1902, Richard Thelwell Maurice (pronounced Morris) set of with 4 men and 14 camels to cross the harsh, arid interior of Australia from south to north. Maurice funded the expedition himself and despite the harshest of conditions, he didn't lose a man, he shot no indigenous people, and he didn't need rescuing and as a result, his efforts went largely unnoticed. Our aim is to change this and recognise the man and his achievements by retracing his epic 2,500 km (1500 mile) journey across the harshest country our wide brown land has to offer.
In 2016, camels have been replace by Arctic Cats, but the difficulties remain the same, a misstep means serious trouble. There is no recourse out here and no easy repatriation. A snake bite or serious injury means certain death so vigilance, common sense and caution are paramount...just like the days of 1902 really!.
Any way, please enjoy the exploits of Larry, Johnno and myself (MickO) on the first leg of our Maurice retracing expedition aboard our legendary diesel cats!
P.S. Better grab a beer. It's long but worth the watching