John Jr. took the first stage & was to meet up with Allen at Todos Santos, fuel the bike & let Allen take the last stage over the mountains to Cabo. They were to meet at Mag 7's pit. Unfortunately, Mag 7 was in the wrong place & they never hooked up. That's racing! When we were working on the bike in La Paz we noticed the bottom roller for the chain had crapped out. We didn't have any extras so we were going to switch it with the top roller. Of course, we forgot. When Jr. got up into the mountains his chain started slipping. He didn't realize that it was his chain. Bronco Driver (Ed) had told John once that these bikes were bad about stripping out the counter shaft so of course that's what got stuck in his head. He stopped at a ranch & got some Mexicans to help. They pulled the cover & the sprocket looked fine. He looked at the chain & realized it was just loose. Too late to swap rollers as the top one was gone! He tightened the chain up & away he went. John is one of those guys born knowing how things work. I remember him putting an antique lamp together for my mother when he was only three. He was embarrassed that he hadn't figured it out sooner. It's the fog of racing , pressure & limited time. Until you go through it yourself I'm sure it's hard to understand.Bike # 57's odometer broke & he kept getting lost so he followed John for awhile. (wrk2surf) When the trucks & buggies caught up he had something faster to follow. Same thing happened to L C Garage on 12. Guys were following him too! Meanwhile we're down at the end of the stage wondering what in the Heck is going on. We finally had our locator working & we could be tracked on Spot Walla. We're close to Cabo so our cell phones are working. We're getting word from Arizona that he's not moving. Then he was. Now he's not. Mouse McCoy's rig comes in & the driver tells us that John is broke down. He told us not to go up course, too knarly. We jump in the Rhino to go around Cabo to Todos Santos to go in that way. After a few miles Rick gets a call from a buddy in Phoenix. He's on Spot Walla & John is moving again!! We turn around & head back to go up course to find him. I call my sweetie & she verifies he's moving. You have to realize that we're always in that racing fog of not really knowing what's going on. We had gotten hold of Allan & told them to head to Cabo. We get about a mile in & find him. At this point I was to take the last transit in to Cabo & get the glory of finishing. I was proud of Jr. & it didn't feel right to me. I told him to take it in, he deserved it. Apparently it was pretty sandy. Deep sand. I didn't miss it. Here's some pics. First one, we thought we might need some. Top speed for the stage At the finish After the awards banquet Allan Found another Hottie: She didn't speak English but that was OK! Will post again a short one of the way home.