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Old 02-21-2014, 07:52 AM   #16
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Missed this when it started but I caught up to the front now ;-)
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:43 AM   #17
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I'll do an update this weekend.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:17 AM   #18
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This weekend, next weekend, the following week, how time marches on. I had in mind to lay out the process of getting there... but given how slowly I've had time to update this, I feel like just cutting to the chase and going racing.

Day 1 was a a mass start in the dunes, followed by a few laps of of a course that mixed sandy roads together with small, technical dunes.



For the first and only time ever, my 505 failed to start quickly, I got pretty much a last place start. I'm somewhere at the back of this picture:



Into the dunes we went, people were stuck and floundering all around, so it was very quickly chaos. It's really hard to pay attention to both riding and navigating at the best of times, when there are people all around and the air is filled with dust, it's almost impossible. But somehow I made it to the first checkpoint where we had to get off our bikes and run up to get our cards stamped.

As the stage developed, we started to sort out and, as usual in rally, you begin to ride more or less alone, as faster folks are gone and slower folks are in back. The dunes in this area are very soft, I had a few close calls with going over the bars. Here's the best picture I could find:



Illustrating how far the wheels sink in. At one point, we were traversing a dune field and I caught up to a Suzuki Samurai that knew exactly where to go. After so many times getting stuck (or nearly stuck), I decided to follow him for a little while and see if I could learn something. I'm not sure about the later goal, but I definitely made it across that section without any drama, and once we got onto roads again, I was refreshed by NOT having had to pick my bike up for a few minutes. There's a lot for me to learn in the dunes, that's for sure!

A fun aspect of the Tuareg are the other vehicles involved:







They are all piloted by interesting folks, and it's neat to be around some pieces of rally history.

The stage went reasonably well. I don't remember where I finished, but I remember being surprised by how far forward it was. I am always really apprehensive before a race, and convinced that what I'm doing is a terrible idea... now I felt excited and looking forward to what was to come.
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:24 PM   #19
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