There is some chat on the forums that Bill has an assigned start time for stage 3. It has been stated that he would not have that start time if he had not checked in at the finish of stage 2. I have no real verification or authority to support this position. In light of the circumstances; I will, however, hang my hat on a rack of speculation and conjecture.
I’m Bill’s friend Mike Warren and I’ll be posting throughout Bill’s DAKAR. It’s cool that Bill can call from time to time to give updates and insights into the race. I’ll pass on this info as I get it
BC called last night from Mar Del Plata. He sounds great, is in good health and spirits, and is ready to go racing.
The truck hauling his bike pulled up as we were talking …. good to know he’s got a bike to swing a leg over. Too bad the truck did not have a lift gate as his crate was 700+ lbs. Apparently, they found a lift truck or something to unload the crates, as the pic shows his bike unloaded and uncrated. Whew!
It appears he has everything he needs to get the bike through tech inspection even if his box of spares and tires is delayed.
He was pleased to have an opportunity to chat with Jonah Street and others in a somewhat relaxing atmosphere. Tips on navigation and other race issues from experienced DAKAR racers is a real bonus.
Bill indicated that the language barrier is challenging but by employing creative gesturing, pictures, and charades he’s confident he can get by.
I believe he’s picking up the ASO provided navigation electronics today.
That’s all I have for now. Looks good for BC61 DAKAR effort!