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Daniel Buck
Re: on Mount Eerest, the Ducati comes in second
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:18am
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Chris,
You raised the speed issue. Speed is not everything. Sometimes a canoe is preferred to a horse; on foot to a Ducati. It all depends.

Sure-footedness and stamina are important in high altitude mountain travel, especially in the case at hand, which was not a quarter horse sprint but a more than a week-long flight destined to cover 350 to 550 miles, depending upon if their goal was Oruro or Antofagasta.

Sure-footedness and stamina were among the reasons that mules were the preferred mode of travel in the Bolivian Andes in the 19th and early 20th century. Mules turned out to be a smart decision on the outlaws' part, because they outran any pursuing posses, only to encounter bad luck in San Vicente, colliding with a posse coming from the other direction.

No battle plan survives contact with the enemy. Or, to put it another way, nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WJXHY2OXGE

  • Its a two wheel drive vehicle on a mountain. To say a horse is a two wheel drive animal only meant for speed is stupid. Come out to my ranch and Ill show you what horses can do on a steep mountain.... more
    • Re: on Mount Eerest, the Ducati comes in second — Daniel Buck, Thu Apr 12 10:18am
      • "You raised the speed issue. Speed is not everything. Sometimes a canoe is preferred to a horse; on foot to a Ducati. It all depends." Your absolutely right it all depends. In this case escaping... more
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