From Tim Morton on FB:
Our Husky is out. Lack of oil & water after hole in case and water pump ripped off. Bill arrived (healthy but beyond tired) into camp at 4AM, his bike still in dunes (will be picked up by helicopter today).
Niles, Jonah, and I stayed up to about 1AM waiting for him and ready to swap his engine if needed. Niles fell asleep in a chair, Jonah grabbed a tent, I figured the dirty & oily shop mat was good enough. Woke up at 5 and there’s Bill in his gear asleep in the dirt.”
I just talked Bill on the phone and he is fine. He had some major bike problems yesterday and thought he would be able to change out the engine but the ASO was already there packing his bags and finding him a flight home. He is definitely bummed and I couldn’t get any more details from him. Hopefully I will be able to talk to him tonight when they reach San Juan, Argentina. He is planning on flying back down to Lima with me to see the finish.
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 havent listened to this one yet, but it was recommended to me:
Here is the link to the call:2012 Dakar 05 — Bivouac chat with Ned
Here is a link that will get you to the most recent rallyraidio call, whichever that may be:
Edit: Hmm. It didnt like that bit of code. here is the relevant bit: http://player.wizzard.tv/player/o/i/x/132548150646/config/k-db73a94bf51fd515/uuid/root.m4v/episode/
Looking forward to posting Bill’s call, when we can get one. Bill! I have the number to call into- just let me know if you can when you might be able!
News from the bivouac is Bill is at km 261 on the stage and not moving. Theoretically he has a bike with no oil or gas. I’m sure he’s fine, and just digging into the side of a dune, popping a cliff bar and enjoying the stars. There’s an outside chance that somebody will be able to bring him in, but most likely he’ll get picked up in the morning. This Race is relentless.
This info came from a competitor, James Embro, via Ted (Deadly99) who’s helping support.
James Embro just came by our camp……
“At km 174 Bill slide his bike going threw a gate, his skid plate came off and cracked his case and tank. There was oil and gas spewing out, he tried to use some putty on it but it did want to stick ”
That was a long time ago, Bill has been moving since then. I hope he got through the dunes before it got dark. Just for reference he has now been on his bike for 16 hours.
Not the best news ever, but really glad he’s moving. Provided the bike holds together (and this was his main concern about the event all along) then he begins to “fight the snowball” as they say. When he does get in, they’re going to have to use the spare engine, already. 8-0
It was well over 100F in the desert all day long. A lot of competitors have dropped out, even today. One poor Frenchman hit a cow! Even Jonah Street was forced to retire, with a bike that failed to proceed.
OH, and here is the Stage 2 summary!
The bikes start today at 10:30 local time (8:30 EST). If you like to refresh pages, like I do, you can follow along by visiting the official Dakar Tracker.
By clicking the circled numbers (waypoints) or A (the end) on the map you can see when Bill reaches each point and how he fares against his competitors.
Remember to click the little motorcycle icon next to the magnifying glass!
This is a cool link- Its a phone call from Ned Suesse, a fellow competitor alongside Our Hero. RallyRaidio is a place where rally competitors and event people in general can call in and leave a message. Its almost a live feed 😀 only slightly pre-recorded. Our friend Nate (Packmule at ADV) is responsible for its idea, inception and upkeep.
I include it for two reasons, A) you can get a better idea of what its like for the guys on the trail right now! and B) I’m hoping maybe Bill can call in, and then everybody can hear how he’s doing. Its basically a 1-800 number he can call from his Sat phone…
Check out http://www.rallyraidio.net
In an attempt to narrow down the motorcycle competitors to Bill and others that are known to the ADVrider community I have created a little Standings Summary table at the bottom of our Dakar 2012 page (you can click on it up top). I will update this after each days stage. Hopefully this will be easier to understand and navigate than the one on the official Dakar website. Not everyone wants to spend all day on these websites 🙂