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
Barossa to Port Augusta
Geoff Olholm is stretching his lead on us, while Ondrej Coufal (the Czech in the 240Z) lost time to us today. Joost is nearly always quickest and may claw back the time he has lost when he was bogged two days ago. The Callinans are occasionally taking fastest time but they are a long way back. They had more trouble today on the first stage and we actually passed them in the stage.
left: the Escort of Keith and Mary Anne Callinan at the start of the Turbine Row stage. (Photos by Alan Vaughan).
Today’s biggest problem was that one of our service vehicles, the Transit van, broke down at the start of the day. The engine stopped and wouldn’t restart. They had it towed to a Ford dealer who diagnosed its problem as terminal. They then set about hiring another van which had to come from Adelaide. Hopefully Jamie and Logan will get here tonight.
Mike Cotter/David Stevens had trouble with a broken gearbox last night. They were able to get another gearbox from Gary Kirk (one of Geoff Olholms’s service crew ) who lives nearby. Tonight, that gearbox is leaking oil from the front oil seal and the service boys will likely have a late night again.
We get to stay two nights in Port Augusta. Woo-hoo
We do three stages in the Flinders Ranges tomorrow. So that should be good.
Next: the Flinders Ranges