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  1. The Seven Tenets of Success, Prosperity, Happiness and A More Rewarding Life
    From World Rider Chapter I ? What you need to do to live a more rewarding life, one with success, happiness and contentment. Ignore These At Your Own Risk: Live A More Rewarding, Successful And Happy Life "How can anyone keep up?" I hear this or some version of "things move too fast" every day. It's no wonder. Just a scant five or seven years ago we had a choice: to plug in, or to refrain. Today, most feel they don't have a choice. We've grown new appendages in the name of "i" gadgets or other connected
  2. Watching Syria's War With Tears In My Eyes
    From World Rider Somehow I question the sincerity of the headline on this billboard, I took this photo in the summer of 2008. What's happening to Syria? To the people of Syria. My friends in Syria. I wonder. And I cry. Why? Because Syria surprised me. Surprised me with thrilling and unexpected  joy?and filled me with wonder and curiosity. That was then. Though it seems like yesterday, it was about 4 years ago when I changed my plans, my route and my mind and ventured into Syria. What I thought would be a few day journey
  3. Ethiopia Dreaming: Zilzil Alecha?Prime Beef in Green Pepper Sauce
    From World Rider Though it's been more than three years since I was cruising winding my way through Ethiopia and following the Nile River, exploring the ancient ruins of Lalibela and searching for the remains of Haile Selassie's Lions and the tomb or memorial of Bob Marley. Though the donkey dealer I whom I tried to purchase one of his finest specimens, strongly talked me out of it by reasoning that the Sudanese border and customs officers wouldn't let me into their country with an Ethiopian donkey. To be sure, I wanted to try.
  4. Recipe testers needed for exciting new global cookbook. Interested?
    From World Rider If you've been wondering why you haven't seen many posts here on the Tavern or my WorldRider site, the explanation is easy: I'm overwhelmed ? in a good way. Yet, to be honest, I could use some help. So if you, or someone you know might be able to help me, please let me know or pass this post/email on. From my cookbook, Jim Porter shot the amazing Brazilian Moqueca ? a featured recipe and shown in the style of the photographs that we will feature for recipes in my
  5. Dakar 2012 Highlights Video: Featuring Darkcycd
    From World Rider Dakar 2012 Highlights Video: Featuring Darkcycd allan 03-7-2012 1 Comment Check out this video clip featuring Robb Rill and the Darkcyd Racing Team in South America for the Dakar 2012 edition. Shot and produced by the Dakar organization and features an interview with Robb prior to the start of the race. Good stuff. Edit
  6. Rally Team Still On the Dakar Trail
    From World Rider Life in the Dakar Bivouac is interesting and challenging. A mini city is set up at each point along the some 5,000 mile Dakar route through Argentina, Chile and Peru. The organization sets up information points for competitors, media and there are showers, bathrooms, a dining hall, emergency medical center and an information center where nearly live updates on the action can be viewed by anyone in the bivouac. The bivouac is the brain and life center of Dakar. But with the long transit stages over the last three days,
  7. Rally Team Still On the Dakar Trail
    From World Rider Life in the Dakar Bivouac is interesting and challenging. A mini city is set up at each point along the some 5,000 mile Dakar route through Argentina, Chile and Peru. The organization sets up information points for competitors, media and there are showers, bathrooms, a dining hall, emergency medical center and an information center where nearly live updates on the action can be viewed by anyone in the bivouac. The bivouac is the brain and life center of Dakar. But with the long transit stages over the last three days,
  8. That's Dakar. Unfortunate Circumstance Cuts Darkcyd Out of Race
    From World Rider That?s Dakar!? I hear this so many times each day that it seems to be the answer to anything. It?s also the question. Much like in the middle east, the locals use ?enshallah? as an expression to address most questions. But here in South America where 465 teams are taking man (and woman) and machine to their limits every day. Historically more than half of those teams that start the race, ever finish. Why? ?That?s Dakar.? With a solid first stage and great 75th place ranking, Robb and Ben and Darkcyd Racing
  9. Good News For Race Day 1: Mar del Plata to Bahia Blanca & San Juan
    From World Rider Good news For Race Day 1: Mar del Plata to Bahia Blanca & San Juan With the streets closed and jammed with thousands of spectators and a giant ramp and video display sitting in the court yard with a grand view of the Atlantic Ocean and Mar del Plata?s legendary beaches, the Dakar 2012 Edition officially begins with a Ceremonial Podium Presentation at the NH Hotel on New Years eve. The streets rumble as the power of engines revving the the stomping feet, clapping hands, whistling and lots of flag waving
  10. Registration & Inspection: The Dakar 2012 Edition
    From World Rider [SIZE="4"]Registration & Inspection: The Dakar 2012 Edition[/SIZE] When the Russian driver was informed he owed more than 100,000 Euros in order to complete his registration in the 2012 Edition of the infamous Dakar rally, I was again reminded that this is big business. Beyond the cost of registration, considerations include cost of the race vehicle, support personal and their vehicles, shipping of all the vehicles to South America and airfare for all those on the team. In December of 2007, just days before the start of the 2008 Rally, the Dakar organization
  11. Making The Way To The Bivouac - Mar del Plata
    From World Rider Making The Way To The Bivouac ? Mar del Plata With the clutch issue hanging over the team?s head, there were a few more loose ends to tie up before heading to Mar del Plata, a beachside Argentinean resort city about a five hour drive from the capital, Buenos Aires. Because Tara and I would be monitoring the Dakar rally as press, we are required to have our own vehicle. This vehicle would be inspected by Dakar officials to ensure it meets the safety standards as well as it would
  12. It Shouldn't Start This Way
    From World Rider The Dakar Test Weighs Heavy on Darkcyd Team As I boarded my plane in San Diego, I knew there was a shadow of a doubt that ship carrying the Desert Warrior and the T5 assistance vehicle might not make it on time, factoring the time it takes to clear customs and the team?s need to make its Friday early AM appointment for inspection and scrutineering with the Dakar organization in Mar del Plata, a seaside resort some 4 hours southwest of Buenos Aires. Top that off with the fact that
  13. First Day Woes For Darkcyd Racing: Rill Discusses
    From World Rider Darkcyd Owner and Driver Robb Rill discusses problems with the teams entry into the 2012 Edition of the legendayr Dakar Rally Raid Race in South America
  14. En Route & Arriving In Buenos Aires
    From World Rider 12/27/2011 5:48PM: Update From Dallas/Fort Worth Airport This is just a quick note as I wait to board my plane to Buenos Airew. I heard from Rob and it appears that the shipping company has let us know that customs will have the car cleared in time. But yet this is South America and Argentina we shall know more when we land. I will be connecting with them on the ground and from their reporting back on this blog. 12/28/11 - 8:39AM: Arrived In Buenos Aires ? Container Has Cleared Customs. Another note
  15. Dakar: The Race Is On For Darkcyd Racing
    From World Rider While most of the country is recovering from the recent holiday, flocking to the malls for returns and sales or simply enjoying the last days of the year with family and loved ones, Robb & Tara Rill and the entire Darkcyd Rally Racing team are busy making final preparations for their flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The South American excursion will be the third for the Darkcyd team, but only the first to compete in the legendary Dakar off-road rally race. While the preparations have been underway for more than six
  16. Doing Dakar: Spectator, Team Member & Media
    From World Rider I had a terrific opportunity to join my friend Robb as he finally pulled the trigger and decide to make his dream come true: to compete and finish the most grueling motorsport raced in the world: Dakar. Through the support or Robb, The Strategic Group and Darkcyd Racing I will attend the infamous Dakar Rally in South America for nearly three weeks in December 2011 and January 2012. I register as official US-based press/media for the event and this allows me access to areas on course as well as privy
  17. Around The World Alone -- On A Bicycle.
    From World Rider Ok. So you know I traveled around the world for three years alone?on a motorcycle. And I really didn't see everything. There are still plenty of places waiting for my visit. Or at least I'd like to think so. Truth is, there are a lot of places I'm waiting to visit. But that's besides the point.I was in Ethiopia on my motorcycle sometimes in the Spring of 2008. On a desolate stretch of a dusty dirt road between Gondar, Ethiopia and the Sudan border, I ran into to bicyclists from
  18. Fear.
    From World Rider Last week I was discussing an upcoming speaking engagement with a client when the topic transitioned to my presentation and how I could help my client with my speech to my real-life experiences on the road. The topic quickly folded into a subject that most people I speak with tend to share the same curiosity. They usually want to know if at any point during my travels if I felt that I was in danger or if I was afraid. People ask this question for many good reasons. But I
  19. Live Video of Desert Warrior Rolling at Baja 500
    From World Rider It was just by a quirk of luck or maybe bad luck, that I mounted my Canon S95 inside Darkcyd Racing Team's Desert Warrior before team manager Tara Rill strapped herself in for her inaugural ride in their new desert rally vehicle. But what was supposed to be a quick loop or two around the test track at Estero Beach Campground turned out to be fateful mishap that tested the entire team. As driver and team owner Robb Rill slid into a 70 or 80 degree turn, one that had been
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