I arrived in Argentina yesterday for the start of what most off-road riders consider the ultimate test – the Dakar race. Have no illusions – I will be trailing and observing the race on a BMW 1200GS – not competing personally, although we will average over 300 miles per day across the Atacama desert, the driest place on the planet with no rain fall in recorded history as well as crossing the Andes – twice. More photos and reports when I get back to the States in mid-January.
If you are unfamiliar with this historic race, here is link to the Official website of Dakar. This trip is being organized by Jim Hyde of RawHyde Adventures and here is a link to his blog of the trip.