Day 4 – quick update ….
Robert is very tired after the first day of leg 2
His ride was good, but the bike continues to give problems. The engine has now started cutting out in the cold as well as in the heat
At one stage whilst crossing the Texas Panhandle. he had to push the bike 400 metres to the nearest tree – the only shade around. In the heat that Robert will be riding through, you cannot imagine how energy sapping that can be.
Purging the fuel pump helps in the heat, but not in the cold.
At the start of the day, everything went well but as the bike began to give problems, Robert began to suffer and worse still, he still does not have any idea of what is causing the problem – there’s just no clear picture
He is struggling but somehow he needs to get through this leg, score as well as he can and give himself as much time as possible once back at the checkpoint to try to solve the issue. Leg 3 will have very big points value and as long as he is still in the rally and assuming he can get his bike running correctly, he WILL be able to score the necessary points to get a finish by the end of the 11 days, of that I am sure.
BUT – he has to get to the end of this leg, score as much as he can and get to the checkpoint so that he can sort this problem
This is a low point for Robert – he’s tired and probably a little bit angry with both himself and with his bike. If necessary, he can probably sacrifice any great plans for “leg 2” and just get to the sanctuary of the checkpoint. The longer he leaves himself to sort the problem, the better.
He can still get that finish – but, he has to get the bike working properly ……