“Not into the dunes yet so waiting for that part but the scenery and adventure part has been epic so far,” explained Dale after completing the 327km stage from Jujuy to Uyuni, the highest stage in the Dakar rising to just over 4,500 metres above seat level.
“We had dust, rain, dust, driving up flooded river beds, snow at 4500m, then really soft rutted sand, and that's just in yesterday's stage alone!”
“Into Bolivia now and the biggest feature I'd not thought about before coming on the Dakar was the crazy passion of the South Americans, it really blows your mind how many people line the road sections for literally hundreds of kilometres each day. So friendly, giving you gifts, it really is quite amazing,” Moscatt added.
It’s been a tough few days for Jerie and Moscatt in their Toyota Hilux. Having sat 35th overall after the second stage they slid backwards over the next two days to fall as low as 42nd, but rebounded over today’s stage to power back up to 36th.
“We had a clean run and brought the car back in good order and with no punctures, only one small off early in the stage when a sharp left over crest was not in the road book and we went straight on into a drop but managed to get back on the road without any damage,” explained Peter Jerie at the end of the yesterday’s action.
Before the Czech born driver continued on outlining today’s stage adventures. “We are relieved to complete the second of the marathon stage which brings us to Bolivia. Huge stage with just about all conditions including thick dust, dry soft river beds, winding mountain passes climbing to 4,500m where we also encountered some falling snow, torrential rain!”
With two day’s of stages, including the longest stage of the Dakar tomorrow, Jerie and Moscatt still have a long way to go before the rest day, let alone reaching the finish line back in Buenos Aires at the end of next week.
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