So it’s been three months now since I decided to join Rawhyde Adventures and attempt to ride the 3,500 miles of terrain between Buenos Aires and Arica, up the Chilean coast.
The Dakar, the hardest land race in the world, will be entering its 34th year and we will ride with the hundreds of bikes, trucks and cars as they race, under the watchful eye of helicopters and thousands of spectators, across the Ande mountain range.
For the last few months I’ve been training with my buddies Michael Quinn and late entry Mark Fewell by riding the deserts of Nevada, the sand dunes of New Jersey’s million acre Pine Barrons and working on my core strength with Equinox trainer Sue.
So am I ready? Well my training weekend in California last weekend went without a hitch. My balance control and sand skills were great and my 400 mile tester ride went as smooth as silk. But that said, compared what we will be doing day after day after day for thirteen days, I’m not sure how I’ll fair and I know through experience, healthy butterflies in my belly is a good thing to keep me on my toes and ready for the full trip.
We’ll be meeting our BMW 1200 GS Adventures down in Argentina on the 1st December, all set and ready for the distance I’ve only just clocked after sixteen months of owning the bike, but will double in two weeks. Now its off home, the night before Christmas Eve to get check on my gear and scramble for any missing pieces! Gulp!