Reply for cyke
Cyke. As usual Nick's version of events is in dispute. I purposely chose to take an early BM GS because I think the technology is better suited to Africa. Riders of new BM's learnt the hard way about how easy it is to fix failed electronics and how alloy frames take the battering of dirt roads. Bike not up to it. Behave! BM GS's have been going around the world for years and 'Canada Dave' showed that the bike was up to it by getting to Tb2 on the same model of BM as mine. I bet CC didn't tell you that.
I also bet the CC didn't tell you that, at Ait Ben Haddou, it was he himself who announced that we weren't going to Tb2. When he was told in no uncertain terms that we would be going to Tb2 with or without him CC had a rethink.
I stand by what I said that there were only 5 riders with CC when he left Morocco. Everyone else who went to Tb2 left CC for whatever reason. I have spoken to some of those people and I know what their reasons were. Not the sign of a happy group eh?
Not too long ago I worked as a logistics officer in central Afghanistan. I also worked in the Libyan desert a few years prior to that so I have experience of transporting people and equipment in a desert environment. In my opinion Nick Sanders was under resourced for the job in hand. Bear in mind that he was a 4x4 down from the intended plan and the truck drivers didn't intend to stay for the whole trip. I asked him to explain how he intended fulfilling his contracted obligations to the 24 people he had agreed to take to Tb2. For legal reasons I can't write here what he said but I was shocked. I used to admire Nick Sanders but after he uttered those words I dispised him. He knew this, probably suspected that I would try and stop him carrying out his'cunning plan' and I suggest that this, more than anything else, had a bearing at what happened a couple of days later.
As it turned out my fears were realised. Even with a severely 'pruned' group of riders CC didn't have the vehicles available to fulfill his commitments and two paying customers had to find their way to Bamako airport and pay for their own flight out of Mali. Nick Sanders didn't even take the guys to the airport. Unbelievable, but every word is true.
AVickers used the term ' take what he says with a pinch of salt'. Who do you think that applies to now?