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near Perth — 2000-01-27

I’m sitting at the computer and writing when Lance shows up with his motor bike. Still on the bike he opens his jacket and proudly presents some very expensive computer parts. “All sponsored by Mike”, he says laughingly. Later I find out that Mike is a friend of Lance’s and owns a computer shop. I stop writing and Lance and I talk until late at night. We tell each other our life history, and find one more thrilling than the other. When Lance says goodbye at 11 p.m., he is no longer a stranger to us. “It would be my ultimate pleasure to attend to your expedition from this end.”, he says, fastens the chinstrap of his helmet and takes off.

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