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Old 15 Oct 2007
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Hi guys,

well it seems like there could well be three of us on for the ride. I will check with work this week about the period as paid holiday, which should be fine, and we can go from there! my email address is Travis@pentrichpix.co.uk

As far as the bike goes I ride a '98 Peg that I bought a few months ago, with trail tires and other than that its the standard Red and silver scheme with no other mods. I am looking too at panniers but can't really afford them at the moment, so I currently tour with a large rucksack that rests on the seat to take the strain off my back, and I have a small Givi top box. I am trying to restore it back to its glory as a lot of corrossion has occured as it was previously in North Scotland, but other than that and a few niggly electrical glitches its a beauty!

As far as my riding experience goes, I am from South Africa originally and used to compete in national motocross champs and Enduro, so my off-road experience is better than my road. I have taken my Peg off-road once and had great fun, although quite a heavy bugger if you drop it or slide around a bit.

Anyways drop me an email and we can confirm things closer the time.

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LostSaffa, where You gone man??????
Not gonna spit Ya dummy out if We kick Your ass in the World Cup eh??? Seriously though here, can You get intouch if You genuinely up for the Dakar thing, cheers, Mezza.
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Dakar 2007

Hi Guys

Myself and two mates caught some of the 2007 Dakar, we caught the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbo to cut out the ride down through france.

Acciona Ferries

We had a great time in Morocco and the rally was fantasic. If you have got any questions send me a email.

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Right now that the rugby is out of the way.....sorry for the delay responding but I did in fact lose your email with your number. If you could resend that would be awesome. Well as things stand I want to go down Boxing Day but I am probably not going to stay for three weeks and rather two weeks or a little less. But it would be nice to have company on the way down and for a few days!

Are your provisions still the same?

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I've followed bits of the rally for the last two years and may do the same in 2008. In 2006 I went to Portugal, watched the scrutineering process, then saw a couple of locations on the special stage on day 1. Day 2 we went straight to Algeciras rather than watch the specials.

If the rally goes Malaga to Melilla/Nador, then you probably won't be able to catch the same boat as it's an exclusive charter. On day 3 they go Nador to Errachidia, and it's possible to intercept the rally at the end of day 3 by crossing to Ceuta and going via Azrou, Midelt etc. If you have the map issued by Euromaster it's detailed enough to work out where the special stage finishes.

I would emphasise that keeping up with the rally is hard work even if all you do is stay on tarmac, they cover long distances. However there's nothing to beat watching the start of a special in the middle of a total wilderness, just feet away from the competitors.

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Thanks Tim - will try to incorporate that info into any route. I am planning to arrive in Morocco 1 week before the rally so plenty of time to see the bits the rally doesn't cover. I was thinkign of trying to watch for the 3 days its in Morocco - yes it covers a lot of distance and by road it the only hope we could have of keeping up. I was hoping to travel by road then maybe a bit of off road to watch the rally go past in their off road sections.
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Right now that the rugby is out of the way.....sorry for the delay responding but I did in fact lose your email with your number. If you could resend that would be awesome. Well as things stand I want to go down Boxing Day but I am probably not going to stay for three weeks and rather two weeks or a little less. But it would be nice to have company on the way down and for a few days!

Are your provisions still the same?

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Please leave a phone number - it sounds like you want to come, we are in the process of starting to booking ferries so need to get in touch with you mine is 02476 501 601 Ian
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No worries Ian

my number is 0777 579 1865, but I will give you a shout this evening on your number work permitting. I agree with Tim that it is quite likely we will follow them for a day and just have to give in as they do massive distances even until after dark. Anyway chat later.

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dakar rally

Am also interested in following rally to Dakar.Does anyone have information on visas, etc.Will be in marocco from November onwards.Appreciate any help.

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Hi Paul,

I guess you may be in Morocco already? for visa's it seems to be the case that you can get all the stuff at the entry port and fill the forms in - it may help if you pick up a form available on the boat and fill that in before getting to the desks. I think one of the regular posters here (maybe Tim Cullins) has a very good website which includes a translation of the forms to English. If you're struggling it sounds like there are plenty of 'helpers' probably hassling you who can help for a fee....

What bike are you riding, how long are you in Morocco are you doing any off roading, I'm looking for new riding partners from Dec 26th ish to Jan 19th ish since for various reasons it looks like Mezzydog and lost saffa are not coming any more : (
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Hi Paul,
I guess you may be in Morocco already? for visa's it seems to be the case that you can get all the stuff at the entry port and fill the forms in - it may help if you pick up a form available on the boat and fill that in before getting to the desks. I think one of the regular posters here (maybe Tim Cullins) has a very good website which includes a translation of the forms to English. If you're struggling it sounds like there are plenty of 'helpers' probably hassling you who can help for a fee....

What bike are you riding, how long are you in Morocco are you doing any off roading, I'm looking for new riding partners from Dec 26th ish to Jan 19th ish since for various reasons it looks like Mezzydog and lost saffa are not coming any more : (

Hi mate
Am heading off to Morrocco in a couple of weeks.
Have just bought an F650 GS Dakar with all the bells & whistles,so am raring
to go,just have to finish a bit of work to keep tha Wolf from the door.
Thanks for the info,I will be around at the time you,re going to be there,so perhaps we can meet up!
Look forward to hearing from you

Paul
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Hi Paul -

Yes at the moment it's just me thinking of going down there and i'm a bit concerned about riding on some of the more remote pistes by myself.

Are you planning on riding on or off road and are you there until Mid Jan? Do you fancy riding a lot of pistes?

Perhaps give me a call if you can on 02476 501 601 to sort something out.

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