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Doug McKenzie from Canada

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Doug McKenzie

It is just a month since I got off the plane back from Nam.  It is +12 degrees C, and my new Snowmobile is warm in it’s new covered trailer wondering if the winter is ever going to come.

To tell the truth, I was going write a really shitty feedback with lots of complaints, telling you what an asshole the guide was, how pissed I was about everything etc. etc......  This to be followed a few days later with a ha, ha fooled ya letter going on about how fantastic a trip it really was, how it changed my life etc. etc.  But I don’t have the juice to fuck you guys over as it really was such a terrific trip for me, KD and I am sure Steve.  I only hope the guide enjoyed taking us as much as we enjoyed being clients.

First of all the guide....just amazing.  Never (ok well almost never) lost his cool, despite a few curves thrown his way that could have been show stoppers.  His professionalism took all the fear, concern and worry out of the equation. This made us cool out and relax, just enjoying the ride.  Speaking for myself, the poster child of he Control Freaks, it was just so therapeutic to hand all the decisions, responsibilities and planning over to someone like him.  Sure going over the fucking swinging Indiana Jones bridge with the missing planks was a bit ‘challenging’, as was traversing the ‘hill of death’ (requiring The Fearless Leader to be demoted to Your Cocksucker for a while), but it was within our limits and he knew we could do it if pressed.  Being pushed to, and in some cases past our comfort level made the experience better, the memory sharper and in hindsight, it just too bad about the soiled undergarments. The guide was THE MAN.

Organization.  First rate.  You guys were up front and to the point. Communication before the trip was prompt and fully informative.

The trip.  Great, though if I ever see Sing Ho again it will be too soon.

Pace was great.  Loved stopping at little cafes for a coffee or juice, most of which had excellent and attractive staf.

The Minsk.  Just back from a big Motorcycle show here in Toronto and didn’t see any.  Look, I fully dig why you use these tired old workhorses, and yes I was ready to bring mine home but let’s face it the days with these things are numbered. Yes they are simple, yes they take a shit kicking, yes there are parts everywhere but Steve’s machine was just terrible, requiring almost a full re-build during the trip.  In some way I think it might have spoiled the trip for him, except he did have the enjoyable Canadians to offset the misery.  It is clear you guys have some decisions to make here and it will change the tempo.  Spewing all that oil into the environment is going to be a tough sell sooner than later.  Would it stop me from coming back.  No.

Accommodations.  Fine (‘cept for that shit hole in Sing Ho). 

Conclusion.   Guys, the buzz of the Excellent Adventure is still with me everyday.   I want to thank Kev for presenting the opportunity, and Steve for being a terrific companion who didn’t believe we were Born Again Christians for one second.  Also to you guys for being there to answer our stupid emailed questions and most of all the guide for being such a great leader and friend.

I’m coming back next November and dragging a bunch of overworked friends that NEED this trip to fix their heads. 

 

Doug McKenzie from Canada
November, 2006

 

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