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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #200 on: January 02, 2017, 08:35:44 am »
Isn't it awesome how close-knit the racing community is? I just love it that Joey and Walter were able to talk to these guys.
Its a little like a big family, always has been at all these rally events.  :thumleft:

Where's the best site to follow the Dakar wrt the Saffers competing in it?

BB are you planning to keep us informed again? Your previous reports were wonderful.

I'll try, but I also need to do some work this month unfortunately ::)

The WD Dakar thread is normally pretty good, otherwise if you have more time and want a LOT more info check out the racing section at advider.com :deal:
They'll also have all the links to France 4 TV etc which shows a lot more than the usual stuff we see on DSTV, albeit in French. ;D
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #201 on: January 03, 2017, 11:16:14 pm »
Sorry I have been slow in updating this thread.

Joey msg's to us at the end of Stage 2:

Howzit guys
At the bivvy, our truck hasn't arrived yet, gonna be a long while still. Tough day today really long. Both my fork seals are blown so very little front brakes for a lot of the day. Lots of fesh fesh and mud pits. I dropped it a couple of times in the mud mainly because I was riding too slow. I stopped had a drink and then ride a lot better. I saw one guy crash right in the mud completely covered like in the cartoons where you are completely covered like in the cartoons where you only see the eyes blink. :imaposer:

Cars passed me today....insane!! You have about 3-5 seconds to get out the way once your sentinel beeps and once they pass you are completely blinded for about 20 sec in the dust. Crazy!!

But any day that's a finish is a good one. Thanks again for all the support.


Joey's ranking was as follows at each waypoint:

ASS 104
WP1 91
WP2 94
WP3 92
WP4 96
WP5 101

Overall at the end of stage 2, Joey is now 103rd, having gained 29 places since the start. Amazing given he had no front brakes today.
No penalties!

Though he dropped off the pace towards the end he was very consistent and kept much of his gains from yesterday. A fantastic effort Joey! :blob7: Keep it up, its a long way to go. :ricky:

Later Joey clarified my observation:

Pace dropped off at the end because that's when the cars caught me and there was tons of fesh-fesh there. When the 1st car passed I slowed to the side of the track. But as he went by I couldn't see a thing. Not even my bars! I hit the brakes hard and stopped at about the same time I hit a stump and dropped the bike. After that I just stopped as each car passed. I choose life!  :lol8:






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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #202 on: January 04, 2017, 12:54:22 am »
Ha! While being interviewed by France TV today Nasser mentioned he had to pass a few bikes and had to be "especially careful!" :thumleft: ;D
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #203 on: January 04, 2017, 01:22:07 am »
Briefing is done I think:

Joey texts: Tomorrow up to 4900m with storms.
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #204 on: January 04, 2017, 10:19:50 am »


Darryl Curtis interviews Joey! :thumleft:
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #205 on: January 04, 2017, 12:05:48 pm »
Joey is on the liasson now, his race start time is at 08:25 or 13:25 our time.
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #206 on: January 04, 2017, 12:20:55 pm »
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #207 on: January 04, 2017, 12:26:16 pm »
%$#@ epic.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #208 on: January 04, 2017, 12:33:38 pm »
Here is how a guy with a spinal cord injury rides his bike....on the DAKAR
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #209 on: January 04, 2017, 12:36:45 pm »
Fokken awesome!!!!!  :ricky: :ricky:

Joey jou legend!

Gaan nou weer niks gekonsentreer kry by die werk nie.
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #210 on: January 04, 2017, 01:30:57 pm »
Die donner laat 'n ou man 'n traan pik.

GO JOEY GO

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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #211 on: January 05, 2017, 12:30:51 am »
Come on JOEY!!!!


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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #212 on: January 05, 2017, 12:31:43 am »
He should be in quite soon, only the ASS to make now!!  YOU BISCUIT!!!
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #213 on: January 05, 2017, 01:15:06 am »
So he made it at about 1am our time, local time 8pm. Still has the liasson to do (maybe an hour) and then he will be in.

We now know there was a hailstorm with lightning and snow in the mountains, and a lot of guys crashed in the ice on the neutral section. Some guys battled to pick their bikes up it was so slippery. Im guessing Joey would have struggled here, because he cannot use his legs to pick up the bike like the rest of us.
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #214 on: January 05, 2017, 06:36:20 am »
Great Stuff!!!!!
 

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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #215 on: January 06, 2017, 09:58:30 am »
From Meredith, Joey's wife, via WhatsApp:

Just had a very quick phone call from Joey as he was using Bart's sat phone, he's in at the bivouac and finished the stage. He still doesn't have wifi sorted but is going to try and make a plan tomorrow. Not many details but 2 of his team are out, Walter he thinks due to a burnt out motor and I think he said Ronald too. Joey is a bit worried he's done something to his hip and so is off to the medics now to see if he can get it strapped and an injection, he only got a couple hours of sleep last night and so hopes to get more tonight. If he can he will make his way over to Darryl and do another briefing of the stage which ZA Bikers will send out tomorrow...that's about it😉👍🏻

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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #216 on: January 06, 2017, 08:28:17 pm »
So he made it through Stage 5 Selective section. But he has a long liaison to do now.

Ya no, look: The altiplano in the wind and rain is a shittty, very cold and miserable place.  Really REALLY kak. That liaison is going to be crap. Its longer because the stage is shortened, and it still a shitty shitty road. It took us about 6 hours in a car. ::)


Joey tells us how the previous two days went.

What a machine :notworthy: :notworthy:
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #217 on: January 06, 2017, 09:28:45 pm »
What an absolute beast. Keep going, bud. You've already beaten all expectations. Whatever happens from here on out is a bonus.

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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #218 on: January 06, 2017, 09:31:57 pm »
I had the pleasure of riding with Joey at last years Baja, he is certainly not the fastest but he's got tenacity. We stayed together at a near by camp site, a mate and I rented a rondawel and Joey stayed outside our door in a tent. We invited him to join us but he refused. He was training for the Dakar. It was quite a miserable night out and we had plenty of space. After it all he borrowed us his towbar after they stole ours off his brand new bakkie without even knowing us. What a guy! I hope he really makes it. Godspeed!

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I was honored to get a lift with Joey for my bike & I on the 800km trip from Jozie to the Amageza rally. We had time to talk about a lot of stuff. He is a very, very driven individual. He had shingles before and during the event with the rash on his head. Most people cannot stand the softest pillow; but Joey shrugged it off and pulled on a helmet instead. Then he helped about 6 guys right through the rally "to make his days longer and more like a Dakar day".

We did malle moto together and everyday he would come in bouncing with energy and sounding on top of the world. He was tired like the rest of us, and very very sore, on antibiotics. More than that - He was also dealing with his catheters and drain pipes, his special meds to help his digestive system work, etc. but he carried on like there was nothing holding him back at all. He still had time to help me take my box down from the back of the truck. It was amazing to see. Humbling for me.

I realized that for Joey there is no "try", there is only "do".

He is literally a real live Chuck Norris. When he gets sick or tired, I suppose he compares that to being paralyzed and simply concludes "well this is not nearly so bad". The he just carries right on where he left off, where the rest of us would likely fall over by the wayside.

I remember him describing how he stopped next to a guy who crashed and broken his oil circuit by cracking the case on a rock. He did not accept that it was the end of the guy's race, and told him not to be so negative. A couple of people came past and confirmed the guy was not going to be able to ride. Not our Joey, no. He tells everyone there must be a way to reroute the remaining oil around the problem and then goes ahead and tries it. After an hour of working and testing, it did not work, so Joey just towed him to the finish instead. Over 130km though the toughest part of the stage.

Later in the rally he helped a guy who steering head bearings had collapsed. No steering at all. He scolded the man for giving up and helped him get started on a fix in between helping someone else with another problem 200m away. Well who would have thought that that the guy finished the rally 512km later on a jimmied steering head made out of other bike parts.

I realized that for Joey its not about how tough things might get. Its about getting the job done. No matter what.

Its about not letting negative thoughts prevail. About steeling yourself and gritting your teeth and remembering that there is no such thing as can't. That's why we see him whooping when he was stuck in that sand in Stage 3 a couple of days ago. He was whooping himself out of negativity. He was willing his body, which does not work properly on with his mind, driving it relentlessly forward even though it is screaming stop. He draws his energy from God, from the knowledge that his supporters (us) are behind him, and his own inner strength.

I had to smile when Darryl suggested that if it gets too tough he should stop. Darryl clearly could see the physical state Joey was in during his interview. He was undoubtedly exhausted. But the mind behind the exhausted eyes had no thoughts of giving up. Hence the awkward silence, and I think Darryl realized this.  Im sure Joey was smiling, and Darryl shaking his head.

Joey did not get this far to get this far.  That is what is written on the bottom of his road book cover.

Speedmetal, I am fully with you, I really hope...NO... I KNOW he is going to make it.

Lets cheer him on - he needs us now.

Go JOEY GO!!!!!
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Re: From "Para" to Dakar.
« Reply #219 on: January 07, 2017, 07:19:58 am »
Listening and reading this reminds me of the doccy I watched about the navy Seals hell week ... the point of it was to find the people who while totally destroyed physically will just carry on ... just complete the mission irrespective of the cicomstances ... if you loose a flipper ... carry on ... if you loose your goggles ... carry on ... and that is our Joey  :thumleft:
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