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Old 12-30-2011, 09:26 PM   #1156
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Congrats!

Ned,

Glad you got there ok and are prepared for the main event. Your living my dream and doing it right, Good Luck! Me, my family and friends are all watching and wishing you well!

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Old 12-30-2011, 09:37 PM   #1157
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Ned, Ted or Chris, Was just thinking about the 3 bikes and had a question. Bill and Jonah's bikes are EFI right? Yours isn't Ned...what's the jetting plan for all the altitude changes during Dakar? Will you rejet the carb after pulling it off the bike, or do you have extra pre-jetted carbs ready to swap out as req'd?

Thanks for including us on your ultimate adventure!
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:05 PM   #1158
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Chris and the rest of the pixel pimps,

Thank you for your efforts and time spent documenting the dream of one man coming true and to create an opportunity for the rest of us to feel a part of such a grand endeavor.

Few men or women will ever have the means, opportunity or courage to push the boundaries of self. And it's a great privilege to be invited to glimpse the heart of the journey itself.

Thank you all.

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Old 12-30-2011, 10:58 PM   #1159
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very best of luck on this huge adventure
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:08 PM   #1160
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:12 PM   #1161
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:41 PM   #1162
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Hallelujah!!!!

You know something's up when Le Mama gets up at 2:30 AM to go check the "thread." Wow - closer and closer, all that planning paying off big-time. Yep - I, too, notice the breadth of that smile. Go, Ned! I'm eying the Layer Cake, not sure which one I'll start with on New Year's Day . . . (or which one I'll save for the 15th . . . )

So grateful, BTW, to be able to know what's going on! We moms like to stay in the loop!!!!!
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:28 AM   #1163
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You know something's up when Le Mama gets up at 2:30 AM to go check the "thread." Wow - closer and closer, all that planning paying off big-time. Yep - I, too, notice the breadth of that smile. Go, Ned! I'm eying the Layer Cake, not sure which one I'll start with on New Year's Day . . . (or which one I'll save for the 15th . . . )

So grateful, BTW, to be able to know what's going on! We moms like to stay in the loop!!!!!
You're going to rack up quite the thread count on this sting Gwen
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Old 12-31-2011, 01:39 AM   #1164
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Leatt brace:
According to the regs: "Over the entire route the wearing of Leatt Brace neck protector is strongly recommended." So it's a strong recommendation (like it was last year), but not mandatory. There's a handful of pros who say they can't ride with one, so they took it out of the rules.

EFI/carbs:
Ned said that as most of his riding in Colorado is at high elevations, he's perfectly used to jetting his bikes to the circumstances and is confident it won't be a problem.
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Old 12-31-2011, 03:04 AM   #1165
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Its official, I'm in the Dakar!

from ned's FB... just popped up on top my "in box"

He must be pumped!
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Old 12-31-2011, 04:25 AM   #1166
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Just think, you go all the way to Brazil, it's New Years eve, and you'll be trying to SLEEP!

Great job getting the bike finished. I hope you guys can get some rest tonight, and have a great time.
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Old 12-31-2011, 04:36 AM   #1167
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Most of you already know of the photo locations. I do not have time to post all here for a while. Here you go. If you post on another thread, please give me credit.
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Old 12-31-2011, 05:39 AM   #1168
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Hi All- First, thanks for everything it took to get to this point. All along, I've known I had the F5 crew at my back, it's a damn good feeling.

Pretty amazing sensation yesterday to walk through parc ferme with the realization that all the adminstrivia is over, that I'm going racing in the Dakar. This has been a dream for years and years and to realize it is, well, pretty damn cool.

It's been overwhelming trying to deal with all the requirements the last few days, I'm doing a worse job of reporting than I hoped but there's only so many brain cells I have to rub together. Every day, I'll be calling Rally Raidio (is the first call from two days ago up yet?) and filing a report with motorcyclist and dirt rider, be sure to check 'em out over there.

Now for the easy part. Can't wait to bring you along.
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Old 12-31-2011, 05:56 AM   #1169
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Thanks for the updates Ned!!!

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Old 12-31-2011, 06:05 AM   #1170
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Its so awesome just to be able to follow you Ned.

So say we are all glowing with pride (hey I'm not even American) at how you have made this come together is an understatement. I think the most stressful part is over, you're in now with not much time to relax, but at a least a little time to process things in your mind and prepare for tomorrow. Don't worry too much about giving us updates, we know how hectic things get, Ted and Co. will keep us in the loop. Besides priority No1. is to be ready for the next day. Everything else after that is a luxury.

Ride safe and all the best for your journey!

When you get to that point that you feel like its too hard, draw strength from the F5 gang cheering you on, we will definitely be thinking about you, cheering for you and feeding you a hearty slow clap when its needed.
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