With most everyone having survived the ride unscathed—the one casualty actually rode to the hospital—we re-convened at the Crowbar for dinner and a presentation by Lewis and young Italian rally competitor Manuel Lucchese. The contrast between the two was comical, as Lewis rode for the well-funded BMW factory team to become one of two Americans ever to finish on the podium. Lucchese, on the other hand, simply woke up one morning and declared, “This is the year I do the Dakar!” And then did, on a shoestring budget, enduring endless hardships. His entertaining narrative—painfully delivered in almost real time—had us all laughing out loud as he told of arriving at the bivouac a day late, riding in the headlights of the medics’ car following behind! He ultimately dropped out, but hearing the enthusiasm in his voice, you know he’ll be back.