Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 2, Missour - Merzouga

Today's stage brought us more beautiful views of the high Atlas. The day started with a special with a lot of riding in riverbeds and several fast high speed sections. I don't know the results yet but it felt pretty good. After that there was some liasons and navigation stages and lastly a second special that took us down to Merzouga in southern Morocco. We also took the time to stop at a gas station during one of the liasons and had a quick cup of coffee and a chat with some English blokes that we usually meet at the rally.

Yesterday me and Carl, the guy I'm team-riding with, ended up on 5th place and we are very pleased with the result. That meant we started in the second line this morning and we caught up with all the previous riders except Tomkinson, an English bloke who won the rally last year, so hopefully we closed the gap to the riders ahead of us in the results list.

The day was good and we only had some minor problems at the end with dust from the cars at the high speed sections. But with a wide open throttle we managed to get by them eventually...

My rear tire was a lot more worn this year compared to last year so I decided to change it today (one day earlier than planned). And I had some minor fixes to do on the bike so I was not done until nine at the evening. I'll see if there is something eatable from the dinner and then I'll call it a night. The entire day of tomorrow will be a special so we have a demanding day ahead of us.

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