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Old 01-14-2012, 04:29 AM   #931
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"On the road again"
Ned left the bivouac about 20 minutes ago. Tim, Ned and myself had breakfast early this morning and Ned was looking chipper and raring to GO!!!!
Today is a shorter day and we expect Ned into the bivouac around 1-3 this afternoon.
Like everyday in the Atacama, it starts off cool and foggy due to our proximity to the coast. Its 6:22am and the fog is lifting and the temperatures have begun to rise.
Well time to get a move on, tonight we have to behave ourselves as Jonah is meeting us with 35 Top Oil folks. We'll pretend to be proper and maybe I'll use a glass for my vino tonight"

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Old 01-14-2012, 06:54 AM   #932
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was it ever determined what was the problem with Jonah's bike?
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:57 AM   #933
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Soap? Check.

Razor? Check.

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Great shot, thanks for posting.
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:05 AM   #934
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was it ever determined what was the problem with Jonah's bike?
I too was wondering about this. Could have been the gasoline problems that many people had?

Symptoms point to that. Be nice to know.
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:16 AM   #935
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Won't know for sure until Jonah gets the bike home and tests some stuff out but it is believed to have been the stator, electrical for usre

Just pulling into the last bivouac, looks like we'll be right out in the dunes, can't wait for the wind to pick up this aft as it wouldn't be a Dakar bivouac without a sand storm
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:47 AM   #936
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Hey Ted.. Thanks again for your inside coverage of the Dakar.

Just to let you know... it's -20 C this morning, bright but with a wind here at home.

Maybe the sand storm isn't all that bad in comparison.

Take it easy.

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Old 01-14-2012, 08:05 AM   #937
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Charlie, It's great to have you along for the ride too. So, where does the truck go after the race, back to Europe, or will it end up in SF?
That truck is the first of 3 that we built for the old African Dakar. Robb and I (mostly Robb) built it on the sidewalk in SF back in 2005, then rebuilt it in 2006. Back then, it needed a roll cage, race seats, navigation equipment and a decent off-road setup. It also weighs about 12,000 loaded up, so it is not your average off-road truck. After the cancelled 2008 Dakar, we left it in Lisbon. It has stayed in the UK at our other mechanic Sid's back yard since then. The reason for this is that the ASO offers free shipping to the start in South America from Le Havre, France. Sid just drives the truck to the ferry and to France before each rally, which is tons cheaper than loading it in a container and shipping it to South America and back from the USA each year. Just ask Mike Stanfield's team! Our truck will go back to France and eventually to Sid's back yard again after this Dakar.

After this rally, we'll have to see the condition of the truck. I've driven it for 2 Dakars, Robb has driven it for 3 and Des drove it in the CER. Usually, it is much more beat up after Robb drives it. If it is OK for another Dakar, then it will probably go again next year. Also, Sid and I are talking about racing it in the Toureg rally in Morocco in 2013. Why not? It has all the FIA equipment, and it has room for a beer fridge between the 2 rear seats, and it goes OK in the dunes as long as you don't back off, ever.

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Old 01-14-2012, 08:29 AM   #938
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It's been great following this thread.
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:00 AM   #939
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j[QUOTE=lastplace;17748875]That truck is the first of 3 that we built for the old African Dakar. Robb and I (mostly Robb) built it on the sidewalk in SF back in 2005, then rebuilt it in 2006.

I remember the build up well. At the time I never would have guessed that a home built rig would last so long (no disrespect to you or Robb though) Did you ever approach 4 Wheel Parts for sponsorship? Perhaps they'll help with the rebuild. Anyway, thanks for getting the whole RPA thing started, it's been a huge amount of fun following along over the years, one wonders where it all goes from here. (Johna, you feeling better yet?) I'm reminded of Steve Fossett's round the world balloon attempt. After he fell into the ocean off South America and nearly died he was asked if he would continue his life long attempt to be the first to make it around the world in a balloon. He said something like HELL no, I've never been so close to death, I"m done. Well, it wasn't six months later Richard Branson invited him along on his attempt to balloon around the world, and they did it. Time has a way or erasing the pain.

GO Johna, sign me up for the 2013 Riff Raff now
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:20 AM   #940
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Me too. She's had some great Dakar moments....

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Old 01-14-2012, 09:21 AM   #941
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After this rally, we'll have to see the condition of the truck. ... Also, Sid and I are talking about racing it in the Toureg rally in Morocco in 2013. Why not? It has all the FIA equipment, and it has room for a beer fridge between the 2 rear seats, and it goes OK in the dunes as long as you don't back off, ever.

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Old 01-14-2012, 09:40 AM   #942
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"Ned is in the bivouac, one more day to go. Go!! Ned Go!!"
"Bivouac is strategically located in a dust bowl, fun entertainment watching trucks burying themselves"
"Niles is here, cervezas are cold, etc"
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:43 AM   #943
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Ted,
I'll catch up with you all tomorrow at the podium.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:26 AM   #944
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"The truck on the left is stuck, on the right is one that was stuck but just got pulled out. Funny stuff and good entertainment"

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Old 01-14-2012, 11:30 AM   #945
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"The truck on the left is stuck, on the right is one that was stuck but just got pulled out. Funny stuff and good entertainment"

13 days of racing and stuck in bivouac ?
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