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
Renmark to BarossaLuxury tonight. We are at the Novotel Tununda Resort.
Four stages today. The first was a sandy track running down the Victoria side of the Vic/South Australia border. It was very sandy and rough but had lots of straights where high speed was distinctly uncomfortable. I last did this in the ‘79 Repco when it was wet and lots of cars got stuck. The stage was shortened both ends to be 35 Km long instead of 50 and we were grateful for that. We managed to waste 30 or more seconds trying to find a road which was supposed to be a straight on that we just couldn’t see.
left: Joost trying to make up time in his Porsch
The Border track was followed by a 300km transport to the Barossa area where they ran three very nice stages. They were smooth, fast shire roads with lots of crests and causeways. stages which I remember from many ARC events in SA.
Results wise, Geoff Olholm should be in front by 30 seconds or so. They took time off us in the first and we got some of it back on the second and lost I think it was 2 seconds to them on the 3rd. I haven’t seen them since, but Mark and Geoff seem to run at about the same pace.
Joost in his Porsche is fastest by far but now has a lot to get back to get near the front. The Callinans seem to be enjoying themselves enormously but have even more time to make up. The young Czech lad in the 240 is very capable and is probably 3rd.
I’ve just heard that Mike Cotter (who we are sharing service with) has broken his gearbox.
We are starting to settle into a daily routine now but it's still a very long way to go....
I’ll clarify some of this when I see some results ...
later: Day 5 results below