Ok – who knew?? Pat Trahan, a desert racer and guide from Montreal, Canada has kept up with me since the start and now, is finally digging in and showing up to help me through the Moroccan towns and deserts. Funny how things can at some point come together.
Pat even raced with Mark Miller and in the town of Merzuga was the area where Mark Miller won his first stage ever in a rally raid back in 1998 on a KTM bike !! - the ONLY TWO North Americans in a field of hundreds!
I guess it’s all about timing and at this point – NOT GIVING UP. I can’t wait for the nuances of broadcast letters and US verses Canadian funding / financing issues – I HAVE TO FILM as it might be the last I will shoot on the project. I won’t wait for someone to give me the green light – I am doing it again. Go forth and film. That is what I will do – again… AND Pat is doing everything he can to make sure it will be a trip worthy of one Canadian Film girl and the elusive North American Dakar Documentary.
I want to share the latest email with you… I am excited. Especially since I don’t have to tackle Morocco and this pivotal segment on my own. I need all the support and encouraging friends I can gather at this point…
Hello Aischa (touareg princess),
Ok, I did not have any prices yet and quotes. For the trip, I will not be able to share not much cost if I go qith you.. I donèt mind going to guide you and making sure you have a good trip and a perfect spot for filming… But I wont be able to participate in the 4×4 rental.. I will find you a good deal.
I can pay for my food and drink, Accomodation will be in the desert, I will cook also and prepare the bivouac..
Other, we will share the room, I sleep on the floor with my slleping bag. You will see I can travel for very cheap.
I would arrive at Marrakesh, on the 14, I would drop you at the boat and bring back the 4×4 in Marrakesh en leave from there to go to Tunisia where I will be guiding there.
I will call you this wednesday, with a lot more details, if you agree with what I mention.
You will need some credit card info for the 4×4 and maybe a reservation in Marrakesh!
I am working on the route, i am dowloading some GPS point. I bring you sur les pistes du Dakar!!
Thanks Pat. I can’t wait to be able to return your support and hospitality. Pat was actually racing with Mark Miller way back in 1998. They were the only 2 North Americans competing at the time. When I revealed the routes I wished to take and shared Mark’s email of recommended travel, Pat had this to say:
Both route are going in Erfoud! So yes it is close…
It is funny I was reading what Mark Miller was writting.. I was there in 98 when he won he first stage, It was my first race ever! Mark know you I am becase I spoke to him there beeing the only 2 north american, We wrote each other on email after a bit.. Small world
It is a small world – and I am grateful for it. I never would have got this far with out the friends and neighbours I have and have found along the way… Here’s for dropping those borders. More later.