Hey this whole thread is kinda taking on a negative vibe and killing my buzz for this race. So I'm going to do my best to point out the positive.
It is suppose to be funnest race on earth, right!
I get that you guys wish it was as hard to nav as Dakar, I love Dakar but can't afford to go. I can barely afford to make it across the country to this race from IN. I think they have found a bit of a niche because it's not intimidating for non-dessert guys to try. I can't afford to go to one of the Nav course schools etc.... and still do the race. So the easy nav will make it fun yet still do-able. I've only been to Baja twice so don't know the roads so it will all be new and exciting to me. But non-stop talking about how it sucks sure isn't going to help people on the fence show up and try a rally/nav type race. It won't grow and you'll never get to make hard nav race.