An Epic Adventure
The Lamothe Law firm is proud to support two of our fellow attorneys, Frank and Julien Lamothe, as they participate in the Baja XL on January 25, 2019. They are taking on this arduous task with the goal to raise money for the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA). This Father and Son pair have teamed up under the banner of Calliope Racing. If you are interested in supporting Calliope Racing as they raise money for LaFASA, please do so on their GoFundMe.
The Baja XL is one of the last remaining grand adventures in the world. It is an international road rally with teams of participants coming from all over the world. The 2500 mile route is not only demanding, but also full of dangers and uncertainties. It is a challenge that is full of difficulties and unpredictability. be demanding both physically and mentally. Driving 500-600 kilometers (300-400 miles) on a daily basis through rough and inhospitable terrain is no game for the weak. Some days will be 18 hours long on dark desolate dirt roads with no signage.
Frank and Julien will have to use a combination of navigational skills and endurance to make it during this 10-day challenge. The Rally is unsupported, which means that there are no rescue trucks, medical helicopters. If any team gets injured or breaks down the team will need to rely on their own resources.
“The Baja XL it is a difficult and demanding challenge. Don’t let the fun facade fool you. The Baja XL is not a package holiday, nor a guided safari, nor a well-organized speed race like the other Bajas with numbers next to them, nor by any means the Paris-Dakar or a well organized anything. It’s a slightly chaotic community event, where we try to impose few rules, few restrictions and little governing. We don’t intend to act like babysitters or law enforcement. You are here to enjoy freedom, discovery, adventure, and daily challenges. If you have the wrong attitude about the Baja XL, you’ll be miserable, but with the right attitude you’ll have the best time of your life.” -The organizers of the Baja XL
Lamothe Law Firm attorneys Frank Lamothe and Julien Lamothe will participate in the Baja XL under the banner of Calliope Racing. The teams’s preparations are underway.
They will drive a modified 2013 Toyota Tacoma.
- Lifted 2”
- Large all-terrain tires
- Skid plate
- Supplemental lighting
- RCI bed rack for carrying a full-size spare and accessories
The team will bring emergency equipment and provisions to be independent in the wilderness for multiple days.
- Recovery gear
- State of the art GPS navigational equipment
- Satellite phone
- CB radio for communicating with race participants
- SPOT as an emergency locator
- 20 gallons of supplemental fuel
The Baja XL will be 10 action-packed days along the Baja Peninsula. The rally will kick off in Los Angles on January 25th, 2019.After a day in California, the rally will enter Baja California and travel south to Cabo San Lucas. The teams will then travel back north along a different route until they arrive in Los Angeles on February 3, 2019.
The northbound and southbound routes will both offer unique obstacles that Calliope Racing will have to traverse as they adventure through one of the world’s most fascinating ecosystems.
LaFASA’s overarching goal is to provide support to those victimized by sexual violence. As the coalition agency working in conjunction with 11 accredited crisis centers across Louisiana, LaFASA provides counseling, advocacy, legal services, education, professional training, legislative guidance, and overall community engagement to bring about healthier, stronger, safer, and better informed communities throughout Louisiana’s 64 parishes, all at no cost to survivors. LaFASA envisions and works tirelessly to realize a world free of all forms of oppression that foster sexual violence.