January 9th 2017

A Marathon before the resumption. The rally begins its return trip by heading towards what has become one of its regular stomping grounds since 2014. The Uyuni casern, which is well known to the raiders, will once again be transformed into a bivouac for a day. For this first part of the marathon stage, which will include very long sections of sandy tracks, the service park will be open to all vehicles, except for those entered in the assistance category.

622km 160km SPECIAL -Bikes, Quads, Cars, Utvs, Trucks

Bikes, Quads start time 7:45am local
Cars, UTVs start time 10:10am local
Trucks start time 12:12pm local
start times are 1hr ahead of ET


Following the cancellation of stage 6 on the eve of the rest day, persistent bad weather conditions forced the race directors to change the course of stage 7 from La Paz to Uyuni. A new course was designed and a new road book was drafted during the rest day.The new course is an unprecedented combination of the original routes of stages 6 and 7. Today's 161 km special will mainly take place on sandy terrain, sandwiched between a 400 km link section and another one 240 km long. The special starts at 10 am, with the first motorcycles expected to reach the Uyuni bivouac at 3.30 pm

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yep, for the last week ;-)

Thanks Mike.I look forward to joining all our fellow DAKAR junkies. I will check back tomorrow to join in the fun.


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