Road side assistance is allowed along liason sections.
The crowds loved getting up close.
The end of the section
Time to acknowledge the crowd
Dakar Vetran Alain Duclos gets plenty of attention
Nice Police bikes.
Mark at the end of the first section, day 1.
Mark ready for the long road section.
Luis was flying the Argentinian Flag
Luis and his KTM 150cc Two Stroke. Unfortunately a fall on the second last day ended his Dakar with a broken wrist.
Mike Stanfield surcumbed to exhaustion on Day 5.
The crossing of the Andes
Spectacular, but barren.
Some Donkey's and Llama were spotted
Beautiful scenery up here.
Snow capped mountains. Only a day or so ago we were in +40 degrees
Yep, those are snow clouds.
The boys take a stretch after a few hours in the big F450. A short while later, it would catch fire...but the managed to put it out before too much damage was caused.
San Francisco Pass on top of the Andes.
Yes, we are now at 4725m above sea level. If you had forgotten, Mt Koscuisko in Australia is only 2228m high.
How cool is this scenery. A lake above 4000m and yes there were some pink flamingoes!
The water is cold and salty...so they tell me.
This guy is from Latvia...says it all really...
The view out the front of the RV
Ex Down Hill World Cup Ski Champion, and 2006 Dakar winner in a Mitsubishi, Luc Alphand. Luc is now the face of French television for the Dakar.