Two months ago, it was only a tickle in Mr Tom's adventure ball sack. After an expedited gestation, now the Pioneer is here.
This is Adventure 10 and this is the latest. Updated as the Data gods allow.
We've switched over to just covering the rolling news at the finish line. Join us there.
Fred was the lone wolf today. He went not for camping but 'bed bug inn.' Alas, after getting a head start he smelled the finish line too early.
Fixable? Maybe. After a 20km tow in the wrong direction.
Don did a stage by himself today. Apparently he thought the others were behind him.
Actually, they were drinking coffee, watching him drive away. Nice of them not to stop him.
He may have joined the party late but Marcus is now all caught up.
One day Tommy? How about Saturday?
Hans, Ky, Don, Jacopo, Fred and Tommy have spent a night under the stars in the Atlas Moutains. Since they are travelling on a Monkey Bike, none of them have a tent.
On Adventure 10, love is blossoming.
Sorry you had to find out this way, Amanda.
Finally some good news for Jacopo, who is not only back on the road, but has some company
Don 'McLegend' McLester atop his steed atop a high mountain pass yesterday.
Starting afresh from where he left off, Jaco is back in the mechanics. The oil pump this time.
Not everyone's having a tough time of it though, for some the wheels are still rolling westwards.
While some of our pioneers seem to be making progress, others a lot less so.
After getting to Tazentoute, Jacopo was forced to return to Ouarzazate for more repairs.
While Fred and Hans are playing the world's most frustrating game of 'Snap' (that's a pair of sub-optimal oil pumps)
Mr Kester has these words of consolation though; 'They actually have parts for these engines here, as a lot of their shitty bikes are from China. Great news'
It was all looking a bit easy wasn't it? Gently pootling along, taking in the scenery and working on the back-of-the-neck tan. Don't worry though. Half way through and the teams are reminded this is an adventure, not a Sunday cruise.
Monkey pioneer see, monkey pioneer do? This clip captured by Mr Kester show how it's not always a good idea to blindly follow the guy in front.
You like your Adventure in small square pictures? We got that covered.
We're rather chuffed to have you along Will.
He may have started a day late, but Marcus has already caught up to the group:
Quite an impressive days work.
Ky's a doctor in real life. In case you can't tell.
We tweet. So should you if you want updates like these:
We're a bit sympathetic to the bikes on this one. Seasoned motorbiker Jools and his travel companions Alvaro and Alberto probably aren't going particularly easy on their chariots. But then that's exactly why they're here.
As we traverse the country to get to the finish line, the locals are telling us where our bikers are. It seems they are quite conspicuous.
There's also subtle signs like these, spotted by Kester:
We've been banging on about 14 Pioneers all weekend but that's only because one of them didn't show up. Mr Marcus Deglos has arrived.
Veteran of the Mongol Rally in a Ferrari, The Pioneer Ngalawa Cup, and the Pioneer Icarus Trophy, none of his adventures have so far gone quite to plan. His Adventure 10, seemed destined to follow suit but if he can make it to the end, we might just call this a spectacular win.
I'm not sure Jacopo has really got the idea of these adventures right. He appears to have hired himself a guide. If this adventure had any rules, I'm pretty sure that'd be against them.
It's the close of Day 1.
Bambu heroes have found Jools on the road and set up somewhere called 'Tantatouchte.' if google hasn't heard of it, does does it really exist? Almost certainly yes.
Italian Jacopo has gone his own way and set up in Tafraude, alarmingly close to the Algerian border.
Meanwhile Will, Eric, Ky, Oscar, Tommy, Don and Fred are holed up in a Bedouin tent in Goulima.
The others? We have no idea. No news is good news probably.
Yeah, not built for sand. Mr Tom discovered that too on the recce.
Sorry Jacopo, we probably could have warned you. That would've been a bit helpful though.
The first breakdown is in. It's Mongol Rally veteran Will apparently.
Details? We don't have any. But we'll try to hide our glee when we ask for them.
It's been about 8 hours and Alvaro is perhaps having second thoughts:
It's been about 6 hours, and this just in:
This adventure is a goer then.