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To Dakar and Back: 21 Days Across North Africa by Motorcycle By Lawrence Hacking Wil De Clercq,

  • Title: To Dakar and Back: 21 Days Across North Africa by Motorcycle
  • Author: Lawrence Hacking Wil De Clercq
  • ISBN: 9781550228083
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Paris Dakar Rally is without question the most arduous and notorious off road motorsports event on the planet Since its inception in 1979, it has attracted than 3,000 adventurers from all walks of life The men and women who have taken up the Dakar challenge have at least one thing in common a desire to measure themselves against the desolate sands of the SahaThe Paris Dakar Rally is without question the most arduous and notorious off road motorsports event on the planet Since its inception in 1979, it has attracted than 3,000 adventurers from all walks of life The men and women who have taken up the Dakar challenge have at least one thing in common a desire to measure themselves against the desolate sands of the Sahara The rally has drawn entries from the international community of motorsport luminaries, the lofty ranks of European nobility and celebrity, captains of industry, as well as common, everyday people Paris Dakar is considered to be one of the world s top five adventures, in the same league as climbing Mt Everest The human drama that unfolds each January is unparalleled Tales of danger, blinding sandstorms, endless vistas of towering dunes, incredible hardship, perseverance, tenacity, ingenuity, triumph, and tragedy have greatly contributed to the aura and mystique of the rally The Dakar is a metaphor for life a test of common sense, decision making ability, and the ability to accept complete responsibility for both your actions and inaction In To Dakar and Back, Hacking in collaboration with motorsport journalist Wil De Clercq recounts the three weeks of blood, sweat, and tears that took him on a 10,000 kilometre journey in the heat of competition from the glitzy streets of Paris, through the hinterland of North Western Africa, to the triumph of self realization.
    To Dakar and Back Days Across North Africa by Motorcycle The Paris Dakar Rally is without question the most arduous and notorious off road motorsports event on the planet Since its inception in it has attracted than adventurers from all walks of

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    1. Since reading Charley Boorman s account of his experiences albeit short lived in the Paris Dakar Rally, I have become intrigued and wanted to hear about it It s unlikely that I will ever be able to attempt it, but that s why I read adventure travel books to hear about places and trips that I will probably never be able to enjoy personally Lawrence Hacking s book, To Dakar and Back was just what I wanted In 2001, at the age of 46, Hacking entered and unlike the unfortunate Boorman completed the [...]

    2. What a fascinating, insightful, inspiring story Lawrence Hacking rode a Honda XR650R in the 2001 Dakar Rally, which takes motorcycles, racing trucks, cars, buggies and every other extreme off road race vehicle on a tour from Paris to Dakar I knew something about the Dakar rally before reading this book, but I am a fan for life now Hacking and his writer tell a fantastic story, deeply engaging and emotionally charged If you only know the Dakar from Charlie Boorman of Long Way Round and Long Way D [...]

    3. A fascinating, if perhaps overly detailed account of the first Canadian privateer to finish the Paris Dakar race This is a book written with a lot of heart you can feel Lawrence s emotion in every page There are setbacks, victories, boring stretches and to the author s credit, you feel like you re along for the ride My only criticisms are that the level of detail in the book seemed a bit excessive all of the race reports for the other participants, the searches for showers, etc The author s fort [...]

    4. I enjoyed this book quite a lot If nothing else, it gave me a new appreciation for the emotional stamina required to finish the Dakar It drags you though the day to day challenges and no so glamorous side of competing in this race It really is something special and anybody who has followed it will tell you it s also something beautiful I hope they never stop running it Like the IOM TT, the world needs irrational, life threatening sporting events like this to keep our collective psyche healthy An [...]

    5. I ve been on a run of travelogues and it s refreshing that this book is a really specific kind of travelogue, but it just isn t that well written.It s interesting to cross reference this with Michael Palin s Sahara because this book makes it seem like the locals are enthralled by the Paris Dakar Rally while in Palin s book, in which he was actually staying with the locals, he talks about how they mostly don t give a shit Depends on the village, perhaps The book does feel sort of imperialist but [...]

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