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
Broken Hill to Renmark
There were three stages scheduled for today but only two were run.
The second stage of the day was dropped due to too much water. As we drove down the Silver City Highway, there are large pools of water sitting beside the road so I guess they have had a bit of rain.
The two remaining stages were 55 and 41km so there was still plenty of distance. The stages were on private properties and consisted of everything from long straights along fence lines to tight tracks around paddocks to sand dunes.
The sand seems to sap horsepower and there were times we were wishing for more power and there were a few occasions again when Mark yelled “there’s no road here!”.
Not a lot I can say until I see some results.... but I suspect Geoff Olholm will be in the lead by now but we shouldn’t be too far behind. The other surprise is the Czech's 240Z which has started to put in some good times. He is probably the youngest driver (looks 25 or so) and has only previously done karting and ice racing. The first few stages must have been a shock for him.
Our service crew has been great. We have a couple of Datsun
experts in Stewart Wilkins and Jamie Waterhouse and they are
supported by Will Mitchell and Jamie's son Logan. They are also
supporting Mike Cotter/David Stevens in another Z car. It's been great
to be able to hand the car over at the end of the day and while we go
and have a shower, they give the car a once-over including a wash.
No car problems to speak of unless you count dust leaks.Renmark seems a nice town. It's by the river (the Murray) and we have a top view from the balcony (right).
(later): results out - we are still leading by 4sec!!
Next: Renmark to the Barossa