I should have stated in the original post I wasn't literally going to trail the rally, but leapfrog it so I could be one of those guys watching the racers.
And RDWalker, from my last two trips in South America in '88 (three weeks) and '90 (eight months) I have exactly TWO photographs, but lots of memories. I've proposed to a number of my friends, and even my girlfriend, that they come with me either in my truck, or convoy. But no takers yet.
Maybe I take a few more photos this time to feed the F5 guys. I know they like to have a connection to someone actually there.