Day 12 – Did It!!!

The night was a tough one, with a hurricane esq storm
ripping through our base and keeping many of us partially sleeping
for the seven hours of down time. When we then got to breakfast to
discover there was none, the final day strains started to surface
from the team and tempers flared. We jumped on the bikes early and
by eight, the last 350 miles of our trip were under way. Leaving X
the roads were once again people lined, waving relentlessly at
every car, bike and truck that resembled a Dakar race vehicle. It
really struck me then the power of the human smile and how,
regardless of how rich or poor, the uplifting power of happiness
propels all of us forward with so much energy. These Argentinians
and Chileans had made it their absolute objective to welcome us all
with as much passion as they could muster over these two weeks and
many of them, I am sure, couldn’t have even afforded a tv to really
understand and or even follow this race. All they knew was that
thousands had descended into their countries, bringing a huge
flurry of excitement and activity to these otherwise sleepy towns
and villages. Fewelly was traveling in the truck again today after
his bike break down and shoulder issues from the crash. I felt real
guilt enticing him to join me in this trip and now he was being
thrown around a gyrating truck with the other none riders for a
twelve hour drive. Michael and I rode again apart from the pack and
made fabulous time at 95mph down amazing roads, dust swelled by the
trucks as they either sped of limped towards the final leg of their
journey. Lunch was a dodgy ham and cheese role from a gas station,
where I gave my hat to a sweet little boy who marched up to shake
my hand. I’ve had the privilege of these 7,000 plus miles to think
a great deal about life, time many of us never give ourselves the
opportunity to spend thinking. Travel and when I say travel, I mean
adventure is so critical for us all to really understand life. I’ve
been blown away by these two countries, the land and the amazing
people that live here. I’ve been pushed to the edge of my ability
and have regained the respect of what we really can achieve and how
you must always believe in yourself. Push away negative types -
they are the rot that holds optimism, opportunity and growth back.
We all die for sure, but only some of us really live! What an
amazing day and amazing trip, the last few hours were meandering
heaven after what seemed like several visits to hell. I sit
knackered but full of happiness, that I have completed the route of
the worlds hardest land race – the Dakar Rally. This good gin and
tonic tastes fabulous!!

 

 

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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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12 Responses to Day 12 – Did It!!!

  1. itfben says:

    Well done big man :)

    Its been an incredible read, Im glad you have had an amazing adventure and come out the out end safe and sound.

    The question that has me thinking now is what next? …Im sure another good G&T before any thoughts of that.

    B x

  2. Sian Travis says:

    The girls were beaming today when they heard their Daddy on the speaker saying I DID IT and they were relieved to hear your voice after a few days were missing from your blog!!!! Phew! Another major accomplishment under your belt! Congrats Will!

  3. Dave Taylor says:

    Been watching on the SPEED channel and it really brought it home… how tough you’ve had it and what you had to overcome, amazing. Congratulations Will. Hope you scheduled a decent rest period between Dakar and return to work.

  4. Mike Parise says:

    All I can say is wow. Effen wow. Congratulations big guy. Give my best to Q and Fewell. You guys are my idols.

    Have a safe trip home. There’s a beer and a bucket of skin cream with your name on it here in Santa Monica.

  5. Jeremy Graham says:

    Well done mate,you must be so pleased, I am proud of you!
    Will catch up next week at JFK.
    J x

  6. Dylan Graham says:

    That’s great :) good job YAY Dylan

  7. zhanna says:

    I am so so proud of you babes!
    Cant wait to hear all the details of the trip and finally be in your arms!
    Your biggest fan
    -me :-)

  8. Russell says:

    Congratulations! We knew you would do it and are VERY proud of you! Glad some of the nightmares you experienced turned into a dream come true!

    xoxox the Schneiderman tribe

  9. Michael Natenzon says:

    It must feel great! Theres no words to describe how proud and happy i am for you. Congratulations on another excursion finished safely. Mom and I miss you very much, and we cant wait to see you! But now that’s checked off on your to-do list, what’s next? – Mike

  10. Jason says:

    Well done mate, awesome adventure !! Luv it!! Sitting in a spanish bar with my sister after great days skiing in Sierra Nevada reading your blog. Diana says well done also!! Hope to see you sooner than later. Chin chin on the G&Ts !!

  11. Beatrice Travis says:

    hi daddy congratulations and that little boy is very lucky
    to get a cap from a man like you he probably wears it everyday in
    memory! LOL anyway see you soon! your most loving daughter ( who is
    missing you the most aswell as amelia ) beabea :) :) :) :)

  12. Beatrice Travis says:

    i love you so muck daddy (K)

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