By Ricky Megee, Greg McLean

In April 2006 the inside track broke of an grand feat of survival through a white guy in a single of the main inhospitable components of Australia. Ricky Megee was once discovered sheltering through a dam on a distant livestock estate within the Northern Territory. After being kidnapped at the Buntine road, drugged, then left for lifeless, Ricky had walked for 10 days in naked ft via unforgiving terrain in blistering warmth. Stumbling upon a dam, he arrange camp there and survived for nearly 3 months on leeches, grasshoppers, frogs, and vegetation, losing more than one hundred thirty pounds in the method. In Left for useless, Ricky Megee tells for the 1st time on the grounds that his remarkable rescue the total tale of his abduction and survival, vividly and with candor. A gripping story and a desirable learn, Left for lifeless is either stunning and encouraging, the story of the way one guy continued a negative ordeal and lives to inform the story.

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How could it have come to this? If the wind was blowing, I'd have been pissing in it for sure, probably with my mouth open so I could swallow it up. Instead, I was 52 SEARCHING FOR THE SEARCH PARTY debating the pros and cons of consuming my own bodily fluids. Again. Drinking from my jocks would be more palatable this time, I reasoned. r d tried it already and at least I knew what foulness to expect. The warmness of it, as much as the taste, put me off the first time around. I knew I couldn't stomach that again.

By taking the short cut I was confident I could make it to Halls Creek before dusk. The road was not much more than a goat track and had its fair share of potholes. But it saved a couple of hours not sticking to the highway, and there were no annoying caravans to contend with. Once you reach the petrol station at Top Springs, you can turn left and follow the Buntine Highway for about 600 kilometres to Halls Creek. Alternatively, you can turn right, driving towards the Victoria Highway intersection and heading for Kununurra further north.

48 SEARCHING FOR THE SEARCH PARTY As dark fell, a quarter moon shed some light on the path ahead, but not enough to prevent my feet from banging into rocks and branches that littered the ground. I finally accepted I'd have to build a camp for the night. Unless I stopped to rest, I was bound to trip over something and do myself a serious injury. Standing on a rise overlooking the sparse desert, I spotted a gully with a big dump of trees not too far away. That was all I needed to camp for the night, and I hobbled over to reassure mysel£ The collection of spindly trees appeared healthy enough.

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