Traveling off-road for thirteen days through three countries over a distance of nearly 5000 miles on a motorcycle requires a lot of tenacity, patience and guts. And those riding in the 2013 Dakar Rally – like Bill Whitacre – have plenty of all of that. But it’s nothing compared to the courage families need to overcome the challenge of a desperately sick child.

Bill is not competing, but is riding the entire Dakar course with his small endurance team, RawHyde Adventure. As Bill and his team take on the Dakar Rally – which he describes as the ride of his life –he’s asking others to help those truly in need by pledging support to an organization close to his heart: Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Idaho. If you have not already, please visit his “Group Give” page to pledge your support.

Return to this blog to follow Bill’s progress on this epic adventure from Lima, Peru to Santiago, Chile. The competition runs from January 5 to 20, and we’ll update the blog with new content as frequently as possible.

In the meantime, familiarize yourself with a little history of the world-famous Dakar Rally (once known as the Paris-to-Dakar), much of which will pass through the incredibly arid Atacama Desert, known as the driest place on Earth.

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