Pachyderms?

Are we going to be doing an impression of Hannibal?

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The Good Doctor seems awfully confident in the face of despair…

Captain Obvious!

Thanks, Mark for pointing out all the features to today’s installment, just in case someone is joining the story at this particular moment…  And it’s nice to see Genie again, serving to register a look of concern in order to heighten the level of angst…

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Well, of course you do!  It beats standing around and gnashing your teeth, wondering what the next move will be…  As they are still in a temperate zone along the Indian border at least we won’t have to worry about hypothermia…  just boredom.

Yup, screwed.

Oh Mark, you are so droll…

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…that’s “Greater One-Horned Rhino” to you, Nature Boy…

Once again, we find ourselves not quite knowing where the story will go, but we have the first of what will be a handful of plot twists, not designed to spark wonder or intrigue, but useful in dragging out an otherwise tepid storyline.  Guessing too that the American Automobile Association doesn’t cover this area…  Whatever are they to do??

I guess Dr. Camel didn’t know…

…that wherever Trail goes, trouble follows!

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By the way, who is driving the SUV?  Looking back, I now see that it’s Dr. Camel that has his hands on the wheel, not that he is to blame in this situation…  But good heavens, this is more than a simple blow out…  Axle, tie rods, strut, everything has come unstowed on this vehicle… without much in the way of a back-up.  Don’t these trips usually involve a caravan of sorts?  Well, perhaps they have a way to communicate… if Camel is all he says he is on social media, then they shouldn’t have to wait terribly long for someone or something to come to their aid.  Perhaps one of the thousands of couch-riding “slackers” will hop-to!  Maybe SIRI is listening and they will suddenly be overwhelmed by offers of alignment services!

There’s that ‘HA HAW’ again…

OK, we’re back… with Dr. Camel Schooling Mark on the Internet, Social Media and the banal nature of “ordinary” people’s lives…

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OK, what is that thing, now flying on their starboard side?  Why it’s the Great/ Giant Hornbill!  Brilliant!

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But back to the story…

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Mark, it seems, does not agree with Dr. Camel’s assessment, despite his own run-ins with humanity.  The people Mark deals with are generally active and nefarious creatures, looking to scam someone or something…

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Hey!  Wait a minute!  I just got back from the beach…  The Florida Gulf Coast to be exact, where we paddled amongst the Alligators, Manatees and Anhinga!  Let’s hope the Greater One-Horned Rhino, waiting around the bend, gives them a little excitement!

It’s all about the clicks…

We used to be confused as to/ in what time-frame these strips appeared… There would be evidence of newer technology, like cameras with memory cards, alongside cars without seatbelts and head restraints…  Not to mention the “timeless” nature of the clothing and hairstyles…  But just like when Mark had to put down that awful pipe at some point, we are now embracing the internet and social media in a way that has never happened before in the Trailverse.

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As for the “Mekong Marauder,” this is a direct ripoff of a River Monsters episode from Animal Planet…  a 2015 episode entitled “The Mekong Mutilator.”  I like this guy, Jeremy Wade.  Just a touch sensational, but at the same time educational…  I’d be a little more careful, James Allen.  This seems to go beyond “Fair Use.”

Yup, mighty fine vehicle…

It’s at this point that my brain starts to glaze over…

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…and we settle in for the haul.  But it appears that “The Magazine” still has the resources to foot the bill on extravagant assignments…

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Yea, we get it.  Nepal has many different environs… featuring a wide range of fauna… including Bengal tigers.

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Better get out your spell checker, James.  That’s ‘Tumlingtar,’ not ‘Tumligtar.’   You are missing an ‘n’ there…