Photo by Alan Vaughan
Day 1 Start: Sydney to Parkes
Day 2 Parkes to Cobar
Day 3 Cobar to Broken Hill
Day 4 Broken Hill to Renmark
Day 5 Renmark to Barossa
Day 6 Barossa to Port Augusta
Day 7 Flinders Ranges
Day 8 Port Augusta to Border Village
Day 9 Border Village to Kalgoorlie
Day 10 Kalgoorlie to York
Day 11 York to Perth
Day 12 Perth
Day 13 Flying to Turkey
Day 14 Ankara
Day 15 Istanbul
Day 16 Istanbul
Day 17 Istanbul to Bulgaria
Day 18 Bulgaria to Nis (Serbia)
Day 19 Nis to Belgrade
Day 20 Belgrade to Rijeka (Croatia)
Day 21 Rijeka
Day 22 Rijelka to Brescia (Italy)
Day 23 Brescia to Nice (France)
Day 24 Nice
Day 25 Lyon
Day 26 Lyon to Orleans
Day 27 Le Mans and a ferry ride to the UK
Day 28 Ferry ride en route to Vale (Wales)
Day 29 Vale (Wales)
Day 30 Finish at Old Windsor
Mark Pickering and Dave Boddy, in Mark's Z car, are among the competitors in the 2014 Sydney to London Marathon. When time permits, Dave may post updates on their progress here.....
Here's the plan across Australia:
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Day 1 - Sydney to Parkes
Well, we've made it to the end of day 1. We have completed three of the 33 stages that make up the Australian section of the rally.
The start was pretty chaotic. They had room for only three cars max in the start area and they didn’t have a marshalling area.
We left five minutes later than we should have and 5th on the road rather than 3rd. Fortunately we were able to make up the time on the run to Sunny Corner (near Bathurst).
Sunny Corner was massively slippery. We were a little despondent after having had two overshoots and dropping what seemed like a lot of time but in later conversations with other crews it seems two overshoots was the norm and everyone was laughing by the start of stage 2, Mount Canobolas.
Mt Canobolas was fast, had water in some of the dips and was slippery towards the end. And our wipers stopped working which made the last few km interesting! This was fixed as soon as we meet the service crew. A plug had popped out, no doubt in one of the harder hit dips.
The 3rd stage was Back Yamma. 40 something kms of grotty tracks mixed with high speed straights. Rumour has it that quite a few car have got lost, missed passage controls and generally done damage. There was mud in the dips and bog holes as well as dust on the bits starting to dry out. Little stumps on the edge of the road are near impossible to see with the sun in your eyes.
But we have survived the day and will see what tomorrow brings. Looking forward to seeing some results
Next: Day 2 (Parkes to Cobar)