Day 4 – what in the world…!

It’s 1.58am and we arrived to our beds 45 minutes ago!
Three hours ago I could have sworn I was going to loose the fingers
in my right hand to frostbite and two hours ago really believed, as
did the team, that I was coming down with hypothermia. Luckily I
don’t think I’ll be experiencing either, but hell we all had to dig
deep. The crossing of the Andes from Argentina to Chile today was
one of the most spectacular rides on my life, that was until we hit
customs, at 15,000 ft. There were six stamps to gain with six
different departments and trying to get our eighteen person team
through took four hours! This delay meant that I could not only not
fulfill my promise to call my daughters Amelia and Beatrice and mrs
Zhanna, so I hope they read this and go easy on me, but also that
we had to ride four hours in the dark at -2 with 70 mile an hour
winds across the mountains. Sadly we had two people come off their
bikes with no sever issues, but one chap, Vic went ahead and we
discovered his bike on the side of the road – no Vic in sight and
amazingly no Vic discovered yet! The missing support Truck and team
driving it has been detrimental to our trip so far. We’ve all
seriously been put in danger due to the knock on effects of no
mechanics or real support – but they arrive very early today after
a 1200 mile drive, poor guys. Fingers crossed things snap into
place tomorrow – I am beat!

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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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9 Responses to Day 4 – what in the world…!

  1. zhanna says:

    OMG babes! That sounds insane! I hope you got some rest before riding again this am…
    Did they find Vic? Keep us posted and be careful! I love you!
    Mike sends his love as well – he has finals coming up, so has been coming home and studying till 1am… Said he will ping you after his test today 🙂
    Dad and Elizabeth also tried to write to you, but cant figure out how to do it… Dad had his angiogram, which went really well and is having a CT scan Jan 13. He is well and back to his old self :-)! They are following your blog every day and are sending you Love!
    Ride on baby! Stay on that bike and keep us posted.
    Love you loads! – Your family 🙂

    • Dad and Elizabeth says:

      Thanks to help from Zhanna and Emma and Peter, we hope we
      have cracked the mystery of blogging. You may or may not get this
      message. As Zhanna said, Dad is feeling well, several more tests to
      come but in very good spirits. We are impressed ( and horrified) by
      your trip. What a mammoth undertaking……. a bit different from
      the Argentina and Patagonia we visited! Lots of love Dad &
      Elizabeth

  2. Mike Parise says:

    OK, I am now officially unjealous. Hang in there. Enjoy it while you can. You know how these things go. Our version of childbirth. Six months later you’ll forget all the pain and missing it so much you’ll want to do it again!

  3. Jeremy Graham says:

    Did you find vic? Hang in there

  4. Russell says:

    Terrible Story…Update us on your team member Vic. Thats crazy!

    uggg….I hope things get better all around. Hang in there. If anyone can get through it, its you!

    Customs at 15,000 ft mid night? Don’t they have anything better to do?

  5. Rob Zuurbier says:

    Go Will – I’m still jealous. Hope Vic turned up indeed
    mate. Keep on riding! (and writing if time and lack of sleep
    permits…)

  6. Chris says:

    Is Vic the new Mark Thatcher? Keep her lit….

  7. Lon Bencini says:

    Wow… Go Will Go! (and watch those finger tips)

  8. Fewelly says:

    Shortly after this was taken Will was seen swimming in the
    salt ponds, and riding at 130 miles an hour across the desert
    naked, doing his best Billy Connolly impersonation.

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