Its times like today, after watching last night’s episode, that I feel really privileged to have met every member of the No Limits team and proud to call them my friends.
After finishing the 7th stage of the expedition, we had a chance to really evaluate the condition of Ike’s ankle and if he’d be able to continue. Our relationship with No Limits has gotten to the point where we don’t want them to leave. Even in the midst of the biggest competition in our lives, and them being one of our biggest threats, we wanted it to be No Limits and The Gypsies to the end. At this point, sitting in camp with Ike in a ton of pain and Jeff (an emergency room physician assistant) betting Ike’s ankle is broken, that picture looked bleak.
Ike and the boys were carted off to the hospital and we were told we might not see them again. We were bummed. I remember trying to sleep that night and waiting to hear the sound of the ford explorer bringing our buddies from No Limits back. Finally late in the night I did hear truck return. Everyone was asleep but me and I yelled out to Ike to see what the prognosis was. He yelled back “Good to Go!” and I hooted in excitement waking everyone up.
The next morning, as we wake up and get ready to race, we see the Ike had been fitted with a cast. The remaining cast members all sign it and we head to the starting line. Luckily for Ike and John, a lot of this day is on the water, the hard part is getting there. The terrain down to lake bin el ouidane was hard. Lots of narrow paths with sharp cactus and tons of loose ankle breaking rocks. John ended up rolling his bad ankle again on the way down and was in a lot of pain. We get to the shore of the lake and pump up our kayaks. Two per team, so I take one and Eric and John spoon together in the other. We maintained a good pace across the lake where we turned our Kayak into catamarans and attempted to sail to the next checkpoint. We started of pretty good! We had good wind and our plan was to tack back and forth. All of us have little to no experience with sailing , but I saw it in a movie once! No Limits and the Cops had a more direct approach and ended up blowing right past us.
The Island we camped on that night was hit by a big storm! It was gnarly, many of the Moroccan tents had collapsed from the heavy winds and we were very close to having production pull us out of there. Luckily the storm passed and we were able to stay and start the next day’s leg on schedule. The next day was pretty brutal and I couldn’t imagine how much pain Ike was in. We ended up passing no limits on the swim off the island. Ike was really struggling in the water with his cast and the make shift shoe they made for it. The shoe fell off in the water and Eric helped put it back on for Ike. What a buddy!
We made a quick transition between the swim and the hike and gained some ground on the other teams. It was a long day of hiking and even some rappelling that day! Ike had to be dying. By some miracle, No Limits passed the Cali girls on the compass challenge and avoided elimination! We were so stoked! We get to spend more time with our friends, but with Ike’s injury, we didn’t know how long it would last.