Dakar, Boss, Dakar!
Blog Guy, I get all my goofy sports news from your blog, and I’m wondering what you consider the most bizarre sport on earth?
Probably the Dakar Rally, which is underway now in South America.
What do you find so goofy about it?
You name it. We have more than 400 photos of the event, which has been going on for weeks, but they almost never show more than one vehicle at a time. You don’t know who’s pulling ahead, who’s falling behind, or if there even IS an ahead or a behind.
What kind of vehicles are involved?
Every kind. I’ve seen trucks, cars, motorcycles… They may have some jet packs, for all I know.
Hah! Maybe even some pogo sticks, too, huh?
No, I do know the big pogo stick race is the annual Togo Pogo, in West Africa.
Well, I guess sports reporters must follow the nonstop action very closely, don’t you think?
Not really. This week, when some poor guy was hit by a car in the rally in Argentina and died, news of his death came from rally organizers in Paris.
Blog Guy. I have to say these photos are kind of exciting.
Can you imagine vehicles plowing through punishing, unpaved terrain, kicking up sand and dust, traversing impassable paths, dropping into jagged pits from which they might never emerge?
Yes, I can. I drive in Washington, DC.
Top: Giniel De Villiers of South Africa drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the eleventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Chilecito to San Juan, January 13, 2011. REUTERS/Daniel Garcia/Pool
Left: Eduard Nikolaev of Russia drives his Kamaz truck during the sixth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Iquique to Arica, January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Left: Jacek Czachor of Poland rides his KTM during the third stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Tucuman to Jujuy, January 4, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard