Race 1: Atacama Desert, Chile – Today was amazing. We arrived yesterday afternoon at the starting camp and were promptly christened by a raging sandstorm. The camp was ravaged and sleeping pads and gear were swept up in the twister and carried off into the desert. It was so cold at night that I did not sleep a wink.
So why was today so amazing? The Atacama Desert shined in all her glory. The sunrise was glorious and the race course was absolutely spectacular, climbing over vast vistas and weaving through barren canyons that have not seen rain in years.
It got hot. Really hot, with no breeze whatsoever. My main goal was to finish before getting sunburned to a crisp. I was not expecting to win the stage. In fact, I did not even know that I had until I reached the finish line and they informed me. So tonight I have the honor of wearing the Yellow Jersey at camp (they give the Stage winner the yellow jersey, like the Tour de France). Not that I will showing it off, because I am heading straight to sleep. – Dean Karnazes
Stage 1 – Part 1: The Atacama Crossing (Chile) 2008 kicks off on March 30th.
Stage 1 – Part 2 Before arrival at the camp by San Bartolo.:
Stage 1 – Part 2
Before arrival at the camp by San Bartolo.: