Well, I'm pleased to report that I successfully completed the 2011 Condo 750.
There were 80 starters in the bike/quad class, and out of 67 finishers I rolled in at a leisurely 62nd, after a Prologue and two days of solid riding.
I was pretty happy with that seeing as it was my first tilt at a navigational rally, and I was riding a virtually stock Yamaha TTR250.
I'm a Dakar dreamer from way back, but the Condo 750 is probably as close as the likes of me will ever get to it. Even the Australian Safari would require money and time beyond my station in life.
At this moment it's the greatest, most rewarding thing I've ever done on a motorbike. Will I ever go back? Maybe...