Stage 12 – San Juan-San Rafael, Thursday, Jan 14th – Done!
Never let it be said that the last few days of the Dakar rally are a doddle. Far from it today with the longest day since the rally began to contend with. The crowds are building as the bikes, trucks, cars and quads get closer to Buenos Aires. Last night Philip arrived back into a huge crowd of fans who surrounded him looking for autographs and photos and unfortunately his wallet was swiped again, the exact same thing happened to him last year, tea leaves or what?! But no harm done, just cards swiped and they can’t do much with cards in the middle of nowhere! Philip finished today’s stage in good time at any rate - 58th position – which was a significant jump from yesterday but he still has 297kms of a liaison to go to get back to the bivouac. No doubt the road section helped with speed but he tells us that his arms and hands are “stiff as pokers”!. Hopefully the man and the machine can endure that final bit of torture at the end of the special test today. It may be quite late by the time he gets in tonight so we may not hear from him but if we do we’ll keep you posted. An unbelievable 48 hours to go to completion but still another 725kms and 707kms to go in those stage so it’s all to play for. Keep the support coming and fingers crossed.