9 JANUARY 2005 – Atar (Rest-day)
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|Rest.Photo: Bob Bergman|
We were up by 9:00 am and took our time at breakfast, but the pressure was soon back on as I had a promise to fulfill with the bike. It had been thoroughly neglected over the last few days and today was my only chance to catch up. I also had all the maintenance that I had pre-scheduled to do today on top of that, but figured that if I got it done as soon as possible, I could take it easy for the remainder of the day.
After washing the bike I went to work removing the skid-plate, but after standing up get more tools, everything started to spin. I was seeing stars again, I couldn’t breathe and I thought I was going to faint. Seeing the medical tent across the runway, I slowly made my way toward it thinking maybe I was having a heart attack.
They checked me out and said that my cardiovascular system was in great shape and that I was likely suffering from exhaustion and I should just rest for today. It was a classic catch-22; I was so stressed to get the bike done that I couldn’t relax, but without some rest I was too fatigued to work on the bike.
The doctors sent me off with some sleeping pills and vitamins and I made my way back to the tent to find Sharon and get some rest.
I managed to sleep for a few hours and woke up feeling a bit better, but by the time I’d eaten, the day had suddenly disappeared and I was back in the thick of things. By the time I was done it was pitch dark!
So much for a rest-day …
Next day …
Dakar related Links:
Official Dakar website – Daily updates of the 2006 Rally.
Maindru Photo (who graciously supplied us with pictures) – Check out their daily update of pics from the 2006 Dakar.
Eurosport – Dakar 2006 coverage.
Total Motorsport – Latest news from a Dakar sponsor.
Adventure Rider website forum on racing – Lots of Dakar threads going on.
ODSC website – Read all about how Bob prepped his KTM 660.
Bob would like to thank the following people for helping make his Dakar adventure possible:
Jim, Colin, Richard and the crew at Cycle Improvements.
Michel, Paul and Jocelyn at Kimpex.
Guy, Patrick, Bill and Mario from KTM Canada.
Digby and the ODSC posse.
The Harden off-road crew.
Everyone on the U.S. Red Bull KTM team.
And of course Sharon McCrindle.