Day 7 – sand gallore!!!

Just landed into Antofagasta after another twelve hour day
- and what a day it was! We left Iquique in the early hours and
managed to get ahead of the racers up on the sand flats before they
crossed. There was probably forty people in total and it was one of
the most spectacular days of sand riding I’ve ever done. Pure
powder that could only be ridden at speed meant I was clocking
speeds of up to 110kph across massive sand flats, drifting to turn
as a skier would on a hill – just mind blowing!! The trucks were
lashing it, some loosing control of their direction at times and
one plowed through a small crowd of fans gathered on a hill top,
amazingly with no casualties! Bikes and cars alike struggled with
the three feet of powder after all the race traffic and at one
point a helicopter misjudged how near we were on a ridge – just
take a look at how close my iPhone caught the image! I had a superb
day, felt like a million dollars and wrapped up the race portion
with a 100 mph three hour sprint to the hotel to jump in a cold
shower. I must say I never thought I’d be handling this pace with
the front of the pack. Today was exhausting and with two bikes
taken out of action and three running out of fuel mid desert, I
seem to have run another day issue free (touch wood!). Chile, on a
side note has more sand than any country I have ever experienced.
The near thousand k’s of coast I’ve ridden haven’t given break to
one field or one flower bed – nuts! Ok – knackered – here’s a few
pics I caught on my iPhone today…

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About willindakar

Every few years I try and embark on a trip that takes me to places, both physically and mentally, far beyond anywhere I have been before, as a CEO or father. Climbing the highest summits of Antarctica and Europe, diving with Great White sharks, Motorbiking the highest road in the world are a few of the boxes I've ticked - but the trip i am about to depart for should be one of the most testing. Riding with the hardest land race in the world - The Dakar 2011.
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10 Responses to Day 7 – sand gallore!!!

  1. itfben says:

    awesome pics to what sounds like a truely fantastic days riding. the speeds on the sand sound awesome :)

  2. tara says:

    you look like a giant amongst the locals in that photo!
    here’s hoping the karma continues to shine brightly upon your
    journey. tk

  3. zhanna says:

    Wow! Great pics babes! Keep them coming!
    Sooooo glad you are doing well! So so proud of you!
    Ride on baby!
    Love you loads!
    -me :-)

  4. Russell says:

    Pics are great…They certainly speak words. Glad your doing well. Maybe we can bottle up some of your energy when you get home…Ill let you do the ad campaign and we will go to market with the product…51%-49% split )51 me of course!

    As Z would say “ride on baby”

    Come Back soon…and before you head into your pad, stop at the Wine Store. You need to refill your fridge as I just about finished your collection….Russ

  5. Jason says:

    Nice one fella !!

    As they say in Ireland, “Keep her lit”

  6. This is the second or third attempt we have made to send a comment!! Pure ineptitude on our part!
    We are amazed by the wonderful scenery but terrified by the story of your escapades.
    Love Dad & Elizabeth

  7. Natasha and Vitaly says:

    Great pictures Will, Great Adventure… But we want to be
    one week older to see you back homeā€¦ Love you, Natasha and
    Vitaly

  8. Christopher Brand says:

    Looks amazing William! Keep the reports and photos coming
    but above that, be safe!

  9. Jeremy Graham says:

    Nice to see you having some fun now, glad your dad managed the technology!
    J x

  10. Paul says:

    Love that heli pic!

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