It is hard to get texts and emails from Don and Natalie at the moment, since internet access is intermittent there at best. Also there is very tight security in the hotel due to a conference of South American Presidents.
However, the bikes, truck and equipment has all been delivered to the port for [...]
Don called this morning at 8:30 to ask that I post the following:
I am deeply touched and very, very grateful to everyone who has taken the time to post the many wonderful comments on the website. Your kindness, care and concern have been a lifeline for me.
This has been the my hardest [...]
Thank goodness the site is back up again after a catastrophic server crash on Friday!
Natalie left on Saturday for Toronto/Chile and she arrived there this morning. At the time of posting, she is having a little wine to refresh her parched throat!
Today is rest day today for Simon Pavey. They have heard from [...]
Try to tune in to CFAX 1070 AM this afternoon at 4:00. They will be interviewing both Don and Natalie.
The Dakar carnage continues unabated. The injuries and accidents sustained by the riders are seldom if ever reported. However this accident is likely being reported internationally as it involves Peruvian citizens.
My concern about riding in the service truck was not unfounded.
On Wednesday evening 10 km before the Chilean border, one of [...]
Texted last night at 10:45
If the truck had been another 6 inches closer I would not be texting you right now… It is 3 am here and I am in an airport somewhere in Chile trying to get a flight to Santiago
I am going to go to [...]
The voice-overs are French, but enough of the English comes through the background. This is a very harsh video to watch as the French Camera Crew follows Don from right after the hit to the end of the ride.
You have not seen exhaustion like it and it gives a very clear picture of how [...]
Today, Don is feeling gutted. The few hours of sleep he got last night were spent having nightmares of falling off high dunes. He feels as if he has let his team down and worst of all, his family, friends and supporters. But I think you will disagree when you read what follows.
There he [...]
Just had a call from Paul Green … and …unfortunately it is the end of the rally for Don. The ASO medical car has picked Don up. Apparently he is physically ok. His bike sustained a lot of damage when he was hit by the truck, but he managed to piece it together and inch [...]
This from Paul Green:
Don is ok but now has mechanical issues. He is 4k from the end of the Special. He is fine, I’ve spoken to him and we are trying to come up with a plan. Don’t worry he is physically OK. He is with the ASO and a medical car is following [...]