The Dakar’s Lengthiest Stage Is Arguably an Initial Test of Endurance Before the Marathon Stage
“The gladdest moment in human life…is a departure into unknown lands.” ― Sir Richard Francis Burton
As stages tick away, Saudi Arabia gives participants a tour of the universe. So far, they’ve ventured to Mars and Moab, the Moon and, today, racers drew lines into a silty California wash, then weaved through acacias in the Serengeti – or at least that’s what it felt like for a while. Understandably, people tend to liken the unknown to pieces of the known, so it makes sense to them. So, they don’t feel such a disconnect, and what’s foreign becomes familiar. But to experience a...