Dakar: Team Rally Pan America stage 15 report

The Finish and post-rally aid mission Dakar and Mbour, Senegal Well, we made it here. Casey finished well, and we also helped get our ragtag group of riders from the US to the finish line.. It was a tough race, with Jonah going...

The Finish and post-rally aid mission
Dakar and Mbour, Senegal

Well, we made it here. Casey finished well, and we also helped get our ragtag group of riders from the US to the finish line.. It was a tough race, with Jonah going out, but we carried on.

We were glad to help Steve LaRoza and Chris Jones get here to Dakar, where Steve was met by his wife, daughters, sister, mother, and uncle.. There are Larozas everywhere! Chris was met here by his wife Spice, who put the bug in his ear to do this race three years ago in Tierra del Fuego.

Paul Broome was resurrected on the rest day (and proposed to his girlfriend Susan there as well), and continued on to finish strong. He had given up in the morning heading to the race day, but summoned up some more strength and carried on. Once we got him to eat and drink, he was much happier.

All four riders displayed Elmer Symon's race number on their bikes in the final stage around Lake Rose, in a fitting tribute to someone who wanted to get here more than anything else in the world.

This race went nothing like we planned, but I guess that's part of what the Dakar is all about. Banding together with a group of likeminded people to get through it and get to Dakar..

Congratulations to Casey, Steve, Chris and Paul. Godspeed Elmer.

On another note, while some of the team flew home, others brought bikes to the port to be shipped out, Charlie and Robb jumped in one of the team's support trucks with Steve Huff from Wheels 2 Africa. After driving to the airport and waiting hours for customs, the three drive out into the Senegal countryside to a small village called Mbour. There, in conjuction with a local school, they distributed over 500 pairs of Keen shoes to the local schoolchildren. The operation went great, and the local children, as well as their parents and grandparents, were very appreciative.

This was the first combined aid mission between Team Rally Pan America and Wheels 2 Africa, and it was a great success, hopefully laying the groundwork for bigger and better missions in the future.

-credit: trpa

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