Scott. I spoke with him on FB. Good spirits, tactical. I love this guy. There was theater all over the place again in the MM bivouac... ____________________ Dakar rest day: the boring day for rally watchers all over the world!! Not sure why they refer to it as a rest day. The only thing that got a rest was my bum! Today was a packed day. 1. Tyres to change for tomorrow’s start of the first marathon stage and beyond. 2. Complete service of the bike. 3. Hand Wash a weeks worth of clothes and get it dried. 4. Strip, clean and reassemble my forks. Looking forward to not being able to now blame them for my slow pace and accepting that I’m a rookie Dakar amateur! 5. Shovel in a few calories. 6. Repack trunk, bags and bedding. 7. Help a couple of other guys with serious bike issues ( at least with a bit of rhetoric if nothing else). Now time for another quick 5 hrs of sleep before another 4:30am set off. As mentioned, tomorrow is the start of the first of two ‘marathon’ stages. This means that the pro riders have to spend tomorrow night with us mortals and away from their team comforts. For all of us, it means we need to be conscious of keeping our bikes in good shape without access to spare parts and particularly making one set of tyres go the 1,500kms over the next two days. It doesn’t sound much, but the tyres take some punishment during the stages, but more-so coping with the long liaisons on the highway. For those unacquainted with racing, we run a ‘mousse’ insert in the tyre instead of a Tube. The advantage is that you never get a puncture. The disadvantage is, if you cook one, it disintegrates and then the tyre will eventually fail leaving on a bare rim. Anything less, still means you will need to nurse the bike Home, making for an even longer day. All tyres, wheels are marked, so nobody can swap wheels to allow an unfair advantage up the front of the pack!! Not sure if there will be internet access tomorrow night to provide another update. Looking forward to cracking on from here ________________________________________ Gooooooooo!!!!