Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi has arrived in Libya to a hero's welcome after he was released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds.
He arrived Thursday evening at a military airport on the outskirts of Tripoli, where thousands of Libyan youths greeted him along with a military band. Dressed in a dark suit and tie, al-Megrahi left the airport with the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in a convoy of all-white vehicles.
Al-Megrahi's return was a landmark event in Libya, where many people see him as an innocent victim scapegoated by the West.
Al-Megrahi has maintained his innocence and was allowed to appeal his conviction in 2007 following a Scottish judicial panel ruling that he may have suffered a "miscarriage of justice" in his 2001 trial.
Al-Megrahi's lawyers argued that British and American officials ignored witness statements and interfered with evidence suggesting the bombing was an Iranian-financed plot carried out by Palestinians.
He also killed Heath Care.
HMO's were Bob Haldemans bright idea. Nixon of course, loved a money maker.
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Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration.
I couldn't think of a stupider bike to use on Warner Lake and a shittier way to waste the trail but hey whatever, it's his money to waste.
So yeah, ROLLING single-track it is. He just didn't know, and thought that if there were just 2 or 3 climbs and the rest mostly d/h he could get away w/it.
Your comment clarifies things succinctly. :lol: Thank you!
18 people will be a gongshow.
:agree: More than I'd be comfortable with. It'll be a learning experience for them. :rolleyes:
Buddy has a chance to do a b/c ride but all he's got to ride is his Big Hit.
Here's the details but they're sketchy:
They're paying $140.00ea for the flight in (there's apparently 18 peeps),
The route out is 60km in length.
He figures, as a working bike courier, he can survive on said bike by adding a telescoping seat pillar and mounting some single ply 2.35s.
IF….there aren't too many beyond category (heh) sustained climbs.
How many fly out ride back tours can there be in the area anyways? Somebody musta' done this one (I'm thinkin' that semi-retired lawyerin' playboy who posts here all the time w/the pretty pictures complete/w climbing graphs?).
Maps, info or anecdotal evidence appreciated……. :)
Yes thanks very much to the folks that went out and buffed up Lower Snake! :clap:
One question though, there's a place where it used to go straight but now dips right around a tree and then back up to the original line.
This was done for: variety, a speed check, environmental concerns?