Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

by

Robyn Davidson

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Rick is a young photographer around the same age as Davidson. The two meet in Alice Springs and Rick encourages Davidson to apply for sponsorship from National Geographic. When she succeeds, he becomes the official photographer for her trip and meets up with her several times throughout her journey. Eventually, the two become romantically involved. While Davidson initially views Rick as an annoying intrusion, she eventually comes to appreciate his steadfast friendship and support. Rick is depicted as laid-back and adventurous, often arriving fresh from an exciting assignment in another part of the world. His camera also functions as a key symbol in the text, as it captures Davidson’s journey while also, in her opinion, creating a false, glamorized version of it.

Rick Quotes in Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

The Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback quotes below are all either spoken by Rick or refer to Rick. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 5  Quotes

I began right then and there to split into two over Rick. On the one hand I saw him as a blood-sucking little creep who had inveigled his way into my life by being nice and by tempting me with material things. On the other hand I was confronted with a very warm, gentle human being who genuinely wanted to help me and who was excited by the prospect of an adventure, who wanted to do a good job, and who cared.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Rick
Related Symbols: The Camera
Page Number: 104
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Chapter 7  Quotes

They were gorgeous photos, no complaints there, but who was that Vogue model tripping romantically along roads with a bunch of camels behind her, hair lifted delicately by sylvan breezes and turned into a golden halo by the back-lighting. Who the hell was she? Never let it be said that the camera does not lie. It lies like a pig in mud. It captures the projections of whoever happens to be using it, never the truth.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Rick
Related Symbols: The Camera
Page Number: 136
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Chapter 11  Quotes

I danced until I could dance no more—I danced out everything. Diggity, the trip, Rick, the article, the whole lot. I shouted and howled and wept and I leapt and contorted my body until it refused to respond anymore. I crawled back to the camels, covered in grime and sweat, shaking with fatigue, dust in my ears and nose and mouth, and slept for about an hour. When I woke, I felt healed, and weightless, and prepared for anything.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Rick, Diggity
Page Number: 237
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I was now public property. I was now a kind of symbol. I was now an object of ridicule for small-minded sexists, and I was a crazy, irresponsible adventurer (though not as crazy as I would have been had I failed). But worse than all that, I was now a mythical being who had done something courageous and outside the possibilities that ordinary people could hope for. And that was the antithesis of what I wanted to share. That anyone could do anything. If I could bumble my way across a desert, then anyone could do anything. And that was true especially for women, who have used cowardice for so long to protect themselves that it has become a habit.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Rick
Related Symbols: The Camera
Page Number: 243
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Chapter 12  Quotes

And here I was at the end of my trip, with everything just as fuzzy and unreal as the beginning. It was easier for me to see myself in Rick’s lens, riding down to the beach in that clichéd sunset, just as it was easier for me to stand with my friends and wave goodbye to the loopy woman with the camels, the itching smell of the dust around us, and in our eyes the fear that we had left so much unsaid. There was an unpronounceable joy and an aching sadness to it. It had all happened too suddenly. I didn’t believe this was the end at all.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Rick
Related Symbols: The Camera
Page Number: 257
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Rick Character Timeline in Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

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Chapter 5 
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...money she will need for supplies. One day, a friend arrives with a young photographer, Rick, who takes pictures of the farm, Davidson, and her camels. Rick tells Davidson about his... (full context)
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...sold out and wonders if she’s made the wrong choice. The contract also means that Rick will sometimes be present to take photographs, which Davidson worries will ruin the solitude she... (full context)
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Davidson flies to Sydney for an interview alongside Rick, and the magazine quickly finalizes the deal. Though she is briefly ecstatic, Davidson soon descends... (full context)
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...from the magazine, and sets a firm departure date. She also arranges when and where Rick will join her through the journey. Davidson is alarmed and excited to see how seriously... (full context)
Chapter 7 
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...travel for about two weeks before she reaches Ayers Rock, where she will be meeting Rick. (full context)
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Davidson reflects that she doesn’t look forward to seeing Rick and all the tourists that will surround Ayers Rock, thinking that even nice people are... (full context)
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Rick arrives the next day and, to Davidson’s surprise, he brings Jenny along with him. Although... (full context)
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Two days later, Jenny leaves for Alice Springs, and Rick annoys Davidson by photographing their goodbyes. She is also frustrated by the need to pose... (full context)
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The conflict with Rick escalates, with Rick sulking and Davidson growing angry. Finally, at the Olgas, she sits him... (full context)
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Davidson begins to grow angry with Rick again as she shoulders the burdens of the trip’s labor while he simply takes pictures... (full context)
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...Dookie falls and injures his shoulder. Davidson is unsure how to help him and she, Rick, and the camels rest for a few days until he can walk. Then they arrive... (full context)
Chapter 9 
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...Davidson work through her own difficulties around the trip and, in particular, her relationship with Rick. Glendle points out that Rick has been a good friend to Davidson and that she... (full context)
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...will be through the wildest desert yet, she wants to do it on her own. Rick finds them soon after they arrive, bringing with him a rifle as a gift for... (full context)
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...there. Glendle arrives to drive Eddie back home, and the three of them, along with Rick, spend hours talking with each other and the residents of the settlement. Davidson feels like... (full context)
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...her survival skills, but she is also physically fit and feels prepared for the difficulty. Rick drives along her route ahead of her and leaves some water barrels along the way... (full context)
Chapter 11 
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Moments later, Rick arrives, warning Davidson that more members of the press are on their way. Later, Rick... (full context)
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Rick introduces Davidson to a bushman and tracker, Peter Muir. Peter warns her that Wiluna is... (full context)
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Davidson and Rick spend a couple of additional weeks traveling through the desert together, leading the camels, talking... (full context)
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As Davidson and Rick near Carnarvon, Zeleika becomes ill. With the help of some residents of a nearby station,... (full context)
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...four camels are happy in their new home, and the new owners dote on them. Rick rejoins Davidson and the two arrange to spend a week at the coast with the... (full context)
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...camels are astonished to see the ocean and play in the waves as Davidson and Rick watch. The two spend the week enjoying the perfect beach scenery and playing with the... (full context)
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...take them back, Davidson spends hours saying goodbye to all four. Once they are gone, Rick drives her to the town of Carnarvon, where she is hit with immediate culture shock.... (full context)