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|went over the bike, topped it off. After about 45 minute rest, I kickstarted it one more time and the kickstarter broke right off the bike. We
zip tied it to the frame to keep the oil from oozing out of the case and scratched our heads on how to get the bike through te remaining
silt without stalling, and if stalled, how would we restart it.
We decided to wait until sunrise when I would no longer need lights. Mag 7 had a trickle charger. We charged it for 25 minutes and the
electric starter worked fine. I then waited until sunrise, jumped on the bike, and rode through the remaining silt, stall-free. The bike ran
fne the remaining way to Cabo and I finished around 10:45 AM, almost 13 hours after I started. But the BIKE DID FINISH!!!
As I sat in Pit #19, I decided the bike would either finish or break, and I was determined to not let my teammates down. Well it ran fine
the rest of the way. We got photos of the finish line checkered flag and the podium with the bike, my chase truck and the Tecate Girls
with me and my Chase Driver, George Heule.
Post Mortem -- good stator, good lights and good starter. Bad starter -- muy mal. Gearing -- great for a speedway racer, Baja 1000 -- muy
mal. Carburetor -- replaced at Bay of LA by Bill Hitchon, the Canadian. No Bill -- no finish. Bill -- muy bueno. Silt is silt. That's Baja.
Some say this was the toughest Baja 1000 race ever. I don't know that to be true. But I do know my five hours in the silt was the single
most grueling physical experience of my life. And I survived, nursing the Husky home. There must be something to that word --
perseverence. It sure paid off here -- for the entire team -- no one would quit. We kept the bike going down course -- all 1296.36 miles.
Our goal was to finish safely -- and we did just that. The guys were great. Bill Hitchon turned out to be an essential part of the team --
keeping the bike moving. Mission accomplished.