It's time to hyothesize a route for AR12. I must say that in pondering this there is a huge credibility gap created by the fact that a shorter 11 leg race is apparently being run in a longer 31 day time period. That just doesn't compute. Anyway, I have come up with a route through Central America, Central Africa, Europe, then unknown, then finishing Malaysia, China, Alaska. The specifics are:
Leg 1 July 3 Mexico (I like Merida) as the starter
Leg 2 July 6 Nicaragua (or Belize, Honduras, El Salvador)
Leg 3 July 10 Ivory Coast or Ghana
Leg 4 July 13 Burkina Faso
Leg 5 July 16 Prague (let's believe that they were trying the cross to confuse us)
Leg 6 July 19 Dubrovnik - this is one of two confirmed for sure places
Leg 7 July ? unknown
Leg 8 July ? unknown
Leg 9 July 28 Malaysia
Leg 10 July 31 China
Leg 11 Aug. 2 Girdwood, Alaska - the other of the confirmed for sure places
That 9 day period for the unknowns to do 2 legs is clearly troublesome, even with most of one day wiped out for west to east air travel and time zone difference.
I am giving further thought to the unkowns. Russia, the "stans", the Middle East, and India all lie in between.