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Old 01-05-2012, 03:19 PM   #661
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Good writeup, Bill.
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:29 PM   #662
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Unfortunately it's a short story. Hopefully I'll get it done tonight. I'm still in Buenos Aires till tomorrow when I'll catch a flight to Copiapo to spend a few days in the bivouac with the team. The meet up with my girlfriend, visit Machu Piccu then to Lima to see the finish.
Glad you decided to hang around and see some sights!
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:48 PM   #663
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Thanks for taking the time Bill, it's very interesting to hear your story.
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:49 PM   #664
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Thanks for sharing this all Bill. It's really great to get the inside perspective.
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:52 PM   #665
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Thanks Bill ... kinda like being there ... on the cheap. Can't wait for the next installment!

Enjoy sun/warmth ....
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:29 PM   #666
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Very good write-up. I bet day 2 is a doosey!
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:37 PM   #667
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Love it. Very generous of you to tell your story. Pics of Machu Piccu pls!! Lifetime dream destination! :)
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Old 01-05-2012, 05:11 PM   #668
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Glad you decided to hang around and see some sights!

WHat the hell he had the time off planned for
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Old 01-05-2012, 05:25 PM   #669
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O.K., I'll say it...

NEXT YEAR? It's never too early to plan.

I'd cash in my 401k to go and crew for ya!

See you at Sandblast!
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Old 01-05-2012, 05:32 PM   #670
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He's obviously a poser - he planned to ditch on day 2 so he could get a cheap ticket to machu and hang with the GF.

Now that we know he's a poser who can't even ride more than one "real" stage of Dakar, I wonder who it really was riding that 'Priller that kicked Jonah and Embro in the Sandblast???? I bet it was that Crankshaft guy.....





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Old 01-05-2012, 05:57 PM   #671
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Great writing Bill. Looking forward to the rest
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:16 PM   #672
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Bill,
I'm hoping by now your not as down as you seemed a few posts earlier. When talking about things in addition to this not working out for you it made me think of another instance...08 maybe? You and a friend were riding, a gate decided to "slow him down" and I flew in there in a work capacity. We hadn't met yet but talked about it when I came to one of the 2day classes. I'd chatted with him later (via ADV) and he mentioned he'd had some rough patches in the past but had "come around" and is obviously back in the saddle. You were there to help him out and take care of things so he could work on healing up.
Now it's your turn to be helped/encouraged. Yes a major dissapointment, who wouldn't feel the same? There's always next year and I bet you'll have a much easier go of it should you decide to try it again!
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:48 PM   #673
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Thanks for the great story Bill, looking forward to part 2!

Hoping to see you at the Sandblast. Trying to exercise my rally-fever somehow...

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Old 01-05-2012, 07:23 PM   #674
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bill, i am one of your students!
But i have to be honest - dnf on the first 'real' rally dakar day is embarrassing!

I am russian and i say things as they are... No american pepermint,,,,

bottom line, ,,, gotta test your machine before u go!


your a dumb ass!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 01-05-2012, 08:32 PM   #675
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Bill,

Thanks for taking the time to do the write up of day one. Really great to get a feel for what it is like. I drive cross country frequently and when ever I see the lengths that you guys had to travel each day I am in awe of your mental and physical toughness. It really is amazing and I hope you are intending to go back next year.

Thanks for taking us on your journey.

John
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