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PostPosted: May 29th, 2019, 2:37 pm 
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We are all on a fantasy tour.


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PostPosted: June 30th, 2019, 9:12 am 
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It has been said the the Moffatt group replicated/followed Tyrrell's Trip. It could be argued that Tyrrell's route was a blank filled in by Tyrrell, thus didn't exist until they discovered it. Any journey of discovery would have false leads, faulty judgement, etc. Those efforts would also leave a footprint of at least footnote worthiness on the path followed. Thus following a map that someone else created is not following the route to its creation and is not following/replicating on many levels. A form of 'imitative behavior' if you will. I cannot imagine recreating some of the passages of Tyrrell without a map. Reminds me of a passage in Downes "SLEEPING ISLAND" on path finding "THE LITTLE LAKES"


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PostPosted: June 30th, 2019, 11:42 am 
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Pg 139 of SLEEPING ISLAND: "While John was gone, a feeling of futility crept over me. I began to debate in my mind what we should turn to if we were unable to find the trail. The type country we were in is particularly well adapted to concealing any sort of trail. .......When I started to analyze the problem and set various bits of description and advice one against the other, I became confused and as baffled as if I had tried to follow one of the game trails. My scientific approach completely broke down, and there seemed nothing left to do but to call upon my puagan. Unfortunately I was deprived by birth and circumstances even of this."

Downes, like Tyrrell only had word of mouth and perhaps some primitive sketches to show them the way. Those that followed had a puagan. One was named Tyrrell and the other was named Downes.


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