Dakar 2010

In a city of 13 million people, I was among the 800,000 at the obelisk in Buenos Aries today for the kick off of the 2010 Dakar Rally. The competitors did a little parade style entry before being introduced individually and making their way up the ramp and through the official Dakar checkpoint. If they needed extra motivation to finish the entire rally, the
collective show of affection spread along six kilometers gave the
competitors a further reason to make it back to Buenos Aires.
Today, Jan 1st, marked the symbolic start of the race, with a 317 kilometer drive from Buenos Aires to, Colon. The race officially starts Saturday, Jan 2nd, with stage one taking the drivers 319 kilometers from Colon to Cordoba. Dunes, desert, mountains and other hostile environment will test the
138 cars, 161 motorbikes, 29 quads and 50 trucks in the 16-stage race
that covers 9,030 kilometers across Argentina and Chile.  The Dakar
Rally ends January 17 in Buenos Aires.
Hopefully my next update will be from Santiago. As it turns out, I may be there on the same day they are expected to arrive. So, more to come soon.

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