Stage 2. Flat tyres – 3 times

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San Luis – San Rafael, SS Cars 433 km. It’s been long and tough for most competitors. Quite speedy tracks and parts through rough stone areas and over great dunes.

Annie & Garry finished the stage at about 21:15 local time, timed on the special stage 8:31:35 (var +4:39:30). Position 83.  

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Annie: “Only 50-60 km into the stage we got a flat tyre, and then another… we have only 2 spare wheels. So we had to slow down and drive cautiously, the stones are very edgy and hidden in the sand! Then there was that really nasty fesh-fesh, that blew all over us – everywhere – couldn’t see anything.
And then 40 km from finish one more flat tyre. So annoying, but we managed to fix one of the other flatties with a vulcanite plug. 

Many riders stood along the track with flat tyres, including our team mate Saedan. One car was totally burnt out, also a truck upside-down in the ditch. 

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Fesh-wash at night

This track was in the same soft dunes where I fell badly in 2009, broke my nose and got the handlebar bent – then it was raining and hailing all night. (*)” 

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Look back in this blog 2009-Jan Dakar:
2009/01/08/stage-5-jan-7-neuquen-san-rafael-a-disaster-2/
2009/01/11/smashing-stage-5/ (pictures)

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Anticipations on this day – before start. Video transmitted by Marie Hessel:
video.eurosport.se/rally-raid/seel-och-connell-infor-etapp-2-av-dakarrallyt_vid308122/video.shtml

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Cooling off in the hot weather. And look at the dog! (hot or in heat?) 

Photos by Judith Tomaselli

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