I posed beside a mega-SUV outfitted to race in the Dakar Rally. It was outfitted with special dust-free air intakes, oversize tires, heavy duty suspension and sponsor stickers on every available inch of paint. Wearing my fishing shirt rolled up at the sleeves, my Tilley hat and Ray-Ban sunglasses, people mistook me for a driver. Three separate couples came up to ask me about the competititon and wish me luck. Instead we talked weather, economics and Obama.
The original Dakar was held in the desert in Africa, but because of security concerns, it moved to Argentina and Chile. An Argentinian, Patroncelli, ultimately won the motorcylce section of the race.
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