I was invited by Consultant Surgeon Stuart Rhys-Williams to compete in the 2011 Tuareg Rallye in Morocco. This would give me a chance to experience a real desert
rally and truly decide if the Dakar is a reachable dream. Little did I know that this would prove a very beneficial experience in my work with the Race2Recovery
This was my third time in the Sahara desert and my most enjoyable. Stuart was a complete novice to desert and off road rallying but had this amazing ability to absorb and activate knowledge quickly. This was an adventure in the real sense of the word. The Nissan Patrol was basic in its technology but well prepared for the challenge ahead.
I arrived in Morocco with no time in the car but at least Stuart had had an endurance event ahead of me. Stuart had completed a trek to the Geographical North Pole two years before so was not fazed by the journey or the extreme environment we were about to take on. It was more akin to adventure than the out and out speed that I had experienced in Belgium and France on tarmac or in the forest of Wales and Scotland on British events. Navigation skills were honed over long days in the heat and the sand dunes and an understanding of human performance was tested to sensible levels. I learnt everything I needed to know about navigating the dunes and mixed this with my existing experience of long distance rallying to clearly identify I wanted more of this type of rallying in the future.
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