EDIT 9/13/2011 Now taking T shirt orders. Paypal address email@example.com T shirts $30. T shirt + hat & DVD $50....hats and DVD's very limited...less than 10. EDIT **** T shirts, stickers, and some other goodies being worked on. Once I get the bike in the mail I can get this stuff exposed a bit more...so I will have some stuff available in the near future***** So here is the story: Last year I started to pursue a major rally along with several other hooligans who frequent Advrider. I was attempting to enter and compete in the Dos Sertoes event but it quickly became apparent that I wasn't financially prepared to take the plunge. I did however manage to attend the Rally Management Services rally school last April. I also had corrective surgery on my eyes to improve my vision....major competitive advantage. So with the let down of not being able to go to South America I started prepping for this year. There are a lot of events out there to choose from and there seem to always be new ones popping up...so there are lots of choices. There was a bit of an initiative early on to field a strong team to go down and play in Australia. Sometime in the fall I made the commitment to myself to pursue the Australasian Safari Rally for 2011. I got in touch with the USA liason, Justin Maley, and started mining information out of him. In the early days of planning there were over 20 riders interested in the event and 2 car (truck) teams that were interested in going. As plans progressed it looked solidly like Rod Hall racing was going to field a truck and there were going to be 4 to 6 riders commited to the event. The plan was to pack the 4 to 6 bikes + spares and gear in with the car team and economize on shipping and then share a larger service vehicle for the event. The major benefit of this was shipping was very reasonable and many of the logistics were simplified. Fast forward to about May of 2011. For many reasons...some personal, some economy, some unknown to me....USA entrants were dwindling. In the end the only person left with full commitment was myself. There was one day about 7 weeks ago that Justin and I were on the fence as to whether it was possible. After a late night of pondering I decided to go no matter what it was going to take. Thankfully the organizers and Justin Maley have provided a tremendous amount of help with planning and logistics in order to get me down there and its looking like we are going to make it. I still have a few hurdles to get over but I have hope that it will all fall into place. So, from this point forward I will add photos and updates when I can to document the prep and the race. When the actual race time comes I do not know what sort of communication ability I will have but any updates will try to post here.