Tales From The Bivouac, Dakar 2012

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Deadly99, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    Here is some nice footage from this year to keep you entertained.

    Hope you enjoy the soundtrack!
    "Johnny, las gentas son muy loco - WTF!!" :D

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  2. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    Front sprocket lost all its teeth, on a several hundred mile liaison, a few hundred miles from our spares or other support. We found a MacGyver in a town in Morrocco who basicaly built a new sprocket on the spot, and we got going again but lost too much time and were not allowed to continue in the race due to being 2 hours late at start of Special.
  3. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    Certainly sucks that this put you out of the rally but cool story. I am always amazed at how people out in remote parts of the world can make due with ingenuity and make something from nothing like this.

    So, will we ever see another HogWild Dakar attempt? :ear
  4. bumblebee1

    bumblebee1 All bikes are dirt bikes

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    Great video.
    I went to 8:00 a few times to see that flip again and again.
  5. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    Latest news is that Johnny Campbell will be Rubby Gorrrdons co-dawg!!!
  6. catas

    catas Orange rider

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  7. header

    header Chris

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    Something like that will make a man sick.
  8. Brimstone

    Brimstone Super Duper n00b!

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    Dang Deadly99,

    For some reason, I didn't catch your original post... Would love an opportunity to take part in a service crew, taking pics and video and generally helping out. Have camera's will travel!

    I'm sure you will have a crazy good time! Looking forward to the book!
  9. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    :freaky

    Just about finished the opening chapters of the book and i'm about to hand them over to the editor (wife). Seems like there isn't much left to do now except pack and hit the road. I leave on the 27th and after a series of flights, one of which is 15 hours, I arrive in Mar Del Plata late on the 28th. We have a house rented for a few days leading up to the start. The rest of the guys will be showing up before I do. Robb is picking up the truck on the 27th from the shipping yards outside of BA and driving to the house on the 28th. Lots of last minute details and packing the truck will be on the agenda..."what could possibly go wrong" :D

    Looking forward to meeting the rest of the team and hitting the road. I think I've read every rule twice and basically read every bit of information available on the race that I could find. To say I'm stoked is an understatement :deal

    I keep comparing, in my head, this opportunity to getting a flight to the top of Mt Everest so I can cheer the climbers on their final push to the top. Sincerely hoping that Bill, Ned and Jonah achieve their desired results, be that to get a certain placing or simply to finish :pynd
  10. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    I follow the Dakar like a religion every year, I look forward to reading your insider spy reports...
  11. miguez

    miguez Miguez Rally Racing

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    A lovely bit of technique and desert expertise at 09:55 in that video Neil!

    By the way, I didn't know you had been putting some of these videos together, I visited your YouTube channel, great job!

    Fabio
  12. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    It's almost time to head down south :freaky

    I can't fathom what Ned, Bill and Jonah must be going threw, I suppose it must be easier on Jonah since he knows what's in store. For me this is quite exciting and a bit nerve racking. Three weeks and one medium duffle bag....seems easy and if I was packimg for one of my bike trips this would be routine but I keep second guessing myself. What if I get sick, a headache, the runs, a sore back, etc. It's a whole lot of driving each day and there isnt room for whining. The racers wil be enduring so much more hardship than I will be that it doesn't seem right to even put into writing these trivial concerns I have. None the less I seem to be having moments of "holy crap what have signed up for".


    One medium sized duffle bag for three weeks. A sleeping bag, pillow and a sleeping pad. Not much room for anything else. A few shirts, sandals, sun glasses, shorts and a pair of jeans. Went to the pharmacy and spent a few bills...advil, shaving supplies, deodorant, Advil, visine, robacacet (yes I am middle aged and like you a big fear is having back-pain from 16 days of driving and sleeping on the ground), qtips, Tums, etc

    Weird thoughts keep popping into my head during the middle of the night, what if Robb only listens to Disco...well no fucking way can I listen to disco for three weeks....as I said...weird and random thoughts :deal

    I haven't even left yet and this trip is proving to be more stressful than others trips I've taken on the past. I suppose it's the worry of being a part of a team. The Dakar is a wheel that keeps spinning every day, keep up or get left behind. I'm not a noob to expeditions (mountaineering, ski touring, river trips, bike trips, etc) but the Dakar doesn't allow for a day of "crap I feel shitty and need t take a rest day". Plus my days of hard core expeditions were during my "glory days". From what I gather the Dakar is a giant circus and you confom or become a liability. To be truthful this is a bit daunting. Like many who read this thread I am a far cry from an athlete, I work in a cubicle and ride a bike on the weekend and during my yearly holidays. I smoke a pack a day, drink coffee like it's heroine and live a pretty routine life.

    I keep having moments where I wonder if I haven't bitten off a bit more than I can chew.....then I think about what Ned and Bill are probably thinking right now...and well.......I'll be in an air conditioned truck rocking out to music (not disco) and generally enjoying the scenery and taking in the bike and truck porn....while they'll be putting their lives on the line to accomplish what few dare to achieve....and once again all thoughts of apprehension are forgotten and I get stoked to play a small part in the journey of Jonah's, Ned's and Bill's race to the finish line :nod

    Christmas is pretty much a wash as all thoughts are focused on the race. Wife, kid, job, etc have now become secondary to the countdown. I leave next week and I am filled with a mix of anxiety, excitement, trepidation and a slew of other emotions.

    Three2TheFinish :pynd
  13. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Good luck Ted, we'll be waiting for updates...
  14. Brodovitch

    Brodovitch Team ⌘R

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    there, fixed
  15. Deco

    Deco Been here awhile

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    You'll do great. Just keep writing, posting, snapping pix and keep the batteries charged.

    Like Charlie says "What could possibly go wrong?":lol2
  16. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Permissions have been granted by Webventure to use some of their photos in the book :clap
  17. Deco

    Deco Been here awhile

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    Great news. Those guys donanfantastic job.
  18. lastplace

    lastplace Been here awhile

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    Robb and Niles generally enjoy show tunes.

    You'll fit right in.
  19. papaduc

    papaduc Been here awhile

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    Sounds normal for an adventure that you.....
    A: Have little experience with.
    B: Have limited knowldge of what to expect.
    C: Have NO CONTROL over.
    Try to relax, it will only hurt for a moment.
  20. ArthDuro

    ArthDuro quarantined

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    Nice! Webventure support.
    Relax Ted you are only going to the Dakar...