Great struff Pyndon.
Will follow with gusto! Spent my years as a kid too back in the late 80's, early 90's, posters on the wall of the Super Tenere, the Cagiva's, the ATwin's, listening to Steve Ryder on the BBC commentating on just an hours worth of rare coverage they might show, (no EuroSport for us back then!) taping it, watching it back over and over again and wanting to be able to do 'That Race' when I grew up like Cyril Neveu, Edie Orioli and Stephane Peter-whats-his-name and . Well... I did grow up, got a job, bought a house, had a kid, rode my Africa Twin to work and back... and before I knew it, I was 36! Therefore, I will be living my 2013 Dakar experiance through you my son!
Best of luck Pyndon from over the water. This thread will be epic!