Kiwi Safari Team to Dakar 2014

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  1. JayBo1

    JayBo1 Long timer

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    Thanks everyone for your comments and encouragement:clap.
    An update on things. I went for my post surgery check with the orthopaedic surgeon today.

    The hand: Making excellent progress here. The surgeon asked me how much of a fist I can make and I proceeded to make a full, tight fist. The look on his face was genuine surprise and his reaction was "Wow, that's amazing"! He said it was a "complicated injury" and the surgery was "difficult", so is truly amazed at how quickly it is healing. I thank his skill and the hand therapist for this:bow. So the splint can come off, other to protect it from being bumped in public and for any lifting or manual work. I can also start with scar massage treatment, which will help the finger movement. I can make a fist after a few attempts but am unable to fully straighten the middle finger at the moment. Early days though so I am very confident it will fully heal well with full movement as I continue with the exercise routine I have been set.

    The foot: The moon-boot has to stay on for at least another 2 weeks but I do have the okay to start weight bearing on the foot. This means I can ditch the crutches:clap. I can also start some slight movement of the ankle. He stated it's an unusual fracture that will need a healing treatment for a fracture and a sprain. Of course the two treatments are opposite, with the fracture treatment being to immobilise it and the sprain treatment being to get the ankle moving to promote reduction of the swelling. (I still don't have much of an ankle due to the swelling). So I immobilise it during the working day by keeping it in the moon-boot and get some movement happening by gentle movements when at home relaxing. As we all know, soft tissue damage is far more difficult to heal from and generally takes longer than recovering from a clean fracture.

    Other than that, I am still in communication with the ASO regarding options for my service crew entry and am hopeful for a better financial outcome:evil.

    The first of the "upgraded" Tee shirts goes out the door tomorrow:clap. Check it out:lol3!!!
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    Ciao
    JayBo
  2. JayBo1

    JayBo1 Long timer

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    I just posted this on my face-book page.

    Some great news:clap! The ASO have agreed that I can change the name of the Service Crew entry and therefore "pass" it on to someone else:deal.

    So I contacted Shane Diener, the winner of the Dakar Challenge at the Australasian Safari 2013, and we discussed his plans for service crew. The result is one of his crew will become the service crew spot I pre-paid for at the early bird rates. This saves Shane several thousand dollars (8,700 Euro for my entry versus 12,400 Euro he was facing as a late service crew entry) and means I get back from Shane what I paid and get to spend it again next year to get Ben Clark heading to the Dakar with me next year. Yaaaaay!!!:clap:clap:clap
  3. Koos

    Koos Wheeled Wanderer

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    Awesome, clawing back some of the $$$$

    How do I get a T shirt? I'll take it along on the Dakar-tag-along-on-a- shoestring we are doing in Jan.
  4. Aquatic

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    And sense prevails. Good on ASO :clap:clap

    Awesome John, now heal up Squire and get ready for 2015

  5. JayBo1

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    Best bet for buying a Tee Shirt is to send me a PM with the size you want, contact phone number, real name and email address. I'll then either email you a Paypal request for payment or, for locals, I'll ring you and we can arrange a delivery/pickup and cash:deal.
    I tested the Paypal option on my sister, and she said it was eezy peazy to set up to make the payment.
  6. bend27

    bend27 by hook or by crook

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  7. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Squeaky bum time is over and you can do the recovery thing properly :freaky
  8. topo

    topo Been here awhile

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    This is great news John:clap Srart prepping the landy now eh.
  9. JayBo1

    JayBo1 Long timer

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    Heh heh, I hadn't thought about that for my second chance. You still fancy driving the Landy around the Andes? You're even more stupid than me ... I don't have a choice:lol3.
  10. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    That is fantastic news - congratulations!

    Jx
  11. topo

    topo Been here awhile

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    You know me mate, i'll drive your 78 defender if it means going to SA or not:loco

    Must be time to start talking about selling a couple of support packages for safari 14 too eh:evil
  12. JayBo1

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    Well, line up all the Kiwis coming over and I'll look at putting together a support package:deal.
    Otherwise I might have to look at getting the Elefant going, as I hear a rumour that the classic bike class might change from "pre-'85" to "pre-'90":clap.
  13. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Sweet! Hey i wonderif Pauls bike didnt qualify because of the front end?
  14. JayBo1

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    The first "upgraded" Tee shirt has landed in NZ:clap.
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    Of course it was bought by a non-ADVRider. In fact a non-rider. In fact one of my sisters. If only I had 200 siblings the fund-raising would actually work as a fund raising rather than fund sinking:lol3.

    Anyone over that side of the Tasman need polishing rags to wipe the mud off their gum-boots? The Tee shirts are a nice mud colour so you don't have to wash them between gum-boot cleaning days. Anyone?:ear

    Ben (topo), your's will be on it's way very shortly:clap.
    Stagehand, your's is almost on it's way too:clap. EDIT: Got mailed at lunchtime today:clap

    Ciao
    JayBo
  15. JayBo1

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    My sense of humour is coming back:
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    The CPW / Motorex stand at the Perth Scooter and Motorcycle Show:
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    The "Chinese Laundry" end:lol3. It is also known as the "Gimp Racing" end. It was quite funny when Rob Pollard (left arm in a sling awaiting surgery after a crash last weekend), Warren Strange (nothing visible but getting shocked looks from people checking out his X-ray piccies on his phone) and myself (with foot in a moonboot and hand in a splint) were all gathered together around Warren's Aprillia and my KTM Rally:freaky. One passerby commented "that's not a good look ... come on kids, keep walking ... quickly".:lol3
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    Ciao
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  16. JayBo1

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    It was an amazing, and somewhat humbling, weekend at the Perth Motorcycle Show. I met some really cool people with some amazing stories. I was also a bit blown away by people wanting to make, and actually making, cash donations to my Dakar campaign, leaving me with more Tee Shirts to sell:clap.

    A huge thank-you to Don at CPW for offering me the space under the CPW / Motorex tent to tell my story to countless people and sell a few shirts :bow.

    There are only a few of the very limited edition "upgrade" Tee Shirts left, with the next batch to be printed with "2015" instead of the crossed out "4" in "2014" and the diagonal "5" appended by hand in fabric puff paint:deal. Better get in quick. PM your details and size required and I'll get a postage quote and Paypal will request a payment. It's too easy! (BTW, the shirts are basically a $25 shirt and a $25 donation. I could have got the shirts printed from India and sold them for $30 and made more money ... but maybe lost some friends:lol3).

    I also came away with a few ideas for further fundraising and a couple of "special" items that will pop up one day:evil.

    Anyway, I got some X-rays done the other day ready for my appointment with the surgeon tomorrow. My new hand "bling":
    [​IMG]:lol3
  17. bend27

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    I'll have an XL please, good luck with 2015 Dakar.
    I hope to join a service crew for 2015...
  18. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Just saw this in the middle of nowhere so i thought I'd post a pic up of happier times
  19. Night Falcon

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    Awesome!!!! :clap
  20. GSDane

    GSDane Ride like a girl

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    Hey John... how is the bling recovery coming along + the foot - back on the bike yet? :wink:

    Would love to promote your Dakar in Denmark by wearing a mud-brown tshirt... :lol3 Pm sent!

    Cheers, Dorthe.