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Yak race -- France vs. England
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dk
2021-04-01 02:46:55 UTC
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The French yak team wins by 20 seconds !!!

Sabrer le champagne! ;-)

dk
Andrew Clarke
2021-04-01 22:22:17 UTC
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http://youtu.be/F8UbzRXAVL4
http://youtu.be/ttCdbPh0Gws
The French yak team wins by 20 seconds !!!
Sabrer le champagne! ;-)
Here is the American entry:



Buy me some popcorn and Crackerjacks! :-)

Andrew Clarke
Canberra
Dan Koren
2021-04-02 01:36:58 UTC
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http://youtu.be/F8UbzRXAVL4
http://youtu.be/ttCdbPh0Gws
The French yak team wins by 20 seconds !!!
Sabrer le champagne! ;-)
http://youtu.be/QxR1AC_v5kg
Buy me some popcorn and Crackerjacks! :-)
Australia doesn't enter the race ?!?

dk
raymond....@gmail.com
2021-04-02 02:17:39 UTC
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The French yak team wins by 20 seconds !!!
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Sabrer le champagne! ;-)
http://youtu.be/QxR1AC_v5kg
Buy me some popcorn and Crackerjacks! :-)
Australia doesn't enter the race ?!?
dk
Australia specialises more in camels. We send them to the middle east. Not so strong on Yaks ;)

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Andrew Clarke
2021-04-02 06:23:05 UTC
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The French yak team wins by 20 seconds !!!
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Sabrer le champagne! ;-)
http://youtu.be/QxR1AC_v5kg
Buy me some popcorn and Crackerjacks! :-)
Australia doesn't enter the race ?!?
dk
Australia specialises more in camels. We send them to the middle east. Not so strong on Yaks ;)
Ray Hall, Taree
Here's an Australian camel train. Not all that speedy.



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Canberra
Dan Koren
2021-04-02 07:12:51 UTC
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The French yak team wins by 20 seconds !!!
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Sabrer le champagne! ;-)
http://youtu.be/QxR1AC_v5kg
Buy me some popcorn and Crackerjacks! :-)
Australia doesn't enter the race ?!?
Australia specialises more in camels. We send them to the middle east. Not so strong on Yaks ;)
Ray Hall, Taree
Here's an Australian camel train. Not all that speedy.
http://youtu.be/BbmUFCX2M6w
Seems to be burning fossil fuel!

dk
Dan Koren
2021-04-02 07:16:08 UTC
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The French yak team wins by 20 seconds !!!
Post by dk
Sabrer le champagne! ;-)
http://youtu.be/QxR1AC_v5kg
Buy me some popcorn and Crackerjacks! :-)
Australia doesn't enter the race ?!?
Australia specialises more in camels. We send them to the middle east. Not so strong on Yaks ;)
Ray Hall, Taree
Here's an Australian camel train. Not all that speedy.
http://youtu.be/BbmUFCX2M6w
Seems to be burning fossil fuel!
10:31 ?!? Not competitive! ;-)

dk
Dan Koren
2021-04-02 07:30:14 UTC
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The French yak team wins by 20 seconds !!!
Post by dk
Sabrer le champagne! ;-)
http://youtu.be/QxR1AC_v5kg
Buy me some popcorn and Crackerjacks! :-)
Australia doesn't enter the race ?!?
Australia specialises more in camels. We send them to the middle east. Not so strong on Yaks ;)
Ray Hall, Taree
Here's an Australian camel train. Not all that speedy.
http://youtu.be/BbmUFCX2M6w
Seems to be burning fossil fuel!
10:31 ?!? Not competitive! ;-)
Is the GHAN air conditioned? Does it have wi-fi?
It could be an interesting journey....

dk
Andrew Clarke
2021-04-02 08:53:44 UTC
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The French yak team wins by 20 seconds !!!
Post by dk
Sabrer le champagne! ;-)
http://youtu.be/QxR1AC_v5kg
Buy me some popcorn and Crackerjacks! :-)
Australia doesn't enter the race ?!?
Australia specialises more in camels. We send them to the middle east. Not so strong on Yaks ;)
Ray Hall, Taree
Here's an Australian camel train. Not all that speedy.
http://youtu.be/BbmUFCX2M6w
Seems to be burning fossil fuel!
10:31 ?!? Not competitive! ;-)
Is the GHAN air conditioned? Does it have wi-fi?
It could be an interesting journey....
dk
It is airconditioned and, I believe, very comfortable, with fairly good food. It's now very much a tourist hotel on wheels, making extended stops en route so that passengers can take go on excursions to places of interest. I don't know about wifi - I'd imagine that internet availability would be fairly limited or non-existent over much of its route.
As originally built, it was narrow gauge, un-airconditioned and subject to flooding. It also stopped at Alice Springs. There are ghost towns scattered along the original route, the result of overoptimistic estimates of potential agricultural development. They even changed the name of one railway settlement from Government Gums to Farina, in anticipation of fields of wheat rolling from one horizon to the other, which of course never happened. Here is Farina now:

<https://traveloutbackaustralia.com/farina.html/>

And remember, what Farina is now, Los Angeles might be in ten years time ...

Andrew Clarke
Canberra
Bob Harper
2021-04-02 17:04:21 UTC
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The French yak team wins by 20 seconds !!!
Post by dk
Sabrer le champagne! ;-)
http://youtu.be/QxR1AC_v5kg
Buy me some popcorn and Crackerjacks! :-)
Australia doesn't enter the race ?!?
Australia specialises more in camels. We send them to the middle east. Not so strong on Yaks ;)
Ray Hall, Taree
Here's an Australian camel train. Not all that speedy.
http://youtu.be/BbmUFCX2M6w
Seems to be burning fossil fuel!
10:31 ?!? Not competitive! ;-)
Is the GHAN air conditioned? Does it have wi-fi?
It could be an interesting journey....
dk
It is airconditioned and, I believe, very comfortable, with fairly good food. It's now very much a tourist hotel on wheels, making extended stops en route so that passengers can take go on excursions to places of interest. I don't know about wifi - I'd imagine that internet availability would be fairly limited or non-existent over much of its route.
<https://traveloutbackaustralia.com/farina.html/>
And remember, what Farina is now, Los Angeles might be in ten years time ...
Andrew Clarke
Canberra
Thanks for posting this video. Don't think we'd want to take the trip,
but fascinating to see a bit of that part of OZ.

Bob Harper
Andrew Clarke
2021-04-03 00:36:51 UTC
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The French yak team wins by 20 seconds !!!
Post by dk
Sabrer le champagne! ;-)
http://youtu.be/QxR1AC_v5kg
Buy me some popcorn and Crackerjacks! :-)
Australia doesn't enter the race ?!?
Australia specialises more in camels. We send them to the middle east. Not so strong on Yaks ;)
Ray Hall, Taree
Here's an Australian camel train. Not all that speedy.
http://youtu.be/BbmUFCX2M6w
Seems to be burning fossil fuel!
10:31 ?!? Not competitive! ;-)
Is the GHAN air conditioned? Does it have wi-fi?
It could be an interesting journey....
dk
It is airconditioned and, I believe, very comfortable, with fairly good food. It's now very much a tourist hotel on wheels, making extended stops en route so that passengers can take go on excursions to places of interest. I don't know about wifi - I'd imagine that internet availability would be fairly limited or non-existent over much of its route.
<https://traveloutbackaustralia.com/farina.html/>
And remember, what Farina is now, Los Angeles might be in ten years time ...
Andrew Clarke
Canberra
Thanks for posting this video. Don't think we'd want to take the trip,
but fascinating to see a bit of that part of OZ.
Bob Harper
If you like wide open spaces, this trip's for you, as most of it's desert or semi-desert. The other transcontinental train is the Indian-Pacific which began in a blaze of glory in 1970 when, for the first time ever, it was possible to travel by rail from Sydney to Perth without a break of gauge. These days it's another hotel on wheels, running mostly once a week and making a detour to Adelaide en route:

<https://journeybeyondrail.com.au/journeys/indian-pacific/>

No yaks, or even camels, I'm afraid. The latter might actually have been quicker back in the day when a journey from Sydney to Perth involved a standard gauge train from Sydney to Broken Hill, a slow narrow gauge train from there to Port Augusta, a standard gauge train from there across the Nullarbor to Kalgoorlie, and a narrow gauge train from there to Perth.

Federalism can have its disadvantages.

Happy Easter / Passach from

Andrew Clarke
Canberra

raymond....@gmail.com
2021-04-01 23:22:39 UTC
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The French yak team wins by 20 seconds !!!
Sabrer le champagne! ;-)
dk


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