Dakar History

The adventure began back in 1977, when Thierry Sabine got lost on his motorbike in the Libyan desert during the Abidjan-Nice Rally. Saved from the sands in extremis, he returned to France still in thrall to this landscape and promising himself he would share his fascination with as many people as possible. He proceeded to come up with a route starting in Europe, continuing to Algiers and crossing Agadez before eventually finishing at Dakar. The founder coined a motto for his inspiration: “A challenge for those who go. A dream for those who stay behind.” Courtesy of his great conviction and that modicum of madness peculiar to all great ideas, the plan quickly became a reality. Since then, the Paris-Dakar, a unique event sparked by the spirit of adventure, open to all riders and carrying a message of friendship between all men, has never failed to challenge, surprise and excite. Over the course of almost thirty years, it has generated innumerable sporting and human stories.
The trip…
The countdown has begun. Our luggage is as good as packed, the grand parents are all ready to take the kids over and the adrenaline is building up in our veins.
Jim just sent a message out that the truck will be delayed. Oh well, not as bad as loosing our way in a rainy day on a remote mountain road, up the Copper Canyon in Mexico, or being stuck in a ditch down a road in the Arizona desert, with a toothless gem digger in a 1950 motor home, being the closest human being in a 100 mile radius.
Argentina here we come! 4 days to departure, a week before we get on the bike in South America.

Track our route in realtime @ http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0TeXefxXibD55QCVGpiTl9i7VaCP8oXMF

 

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