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
Tourists in IstanbulThe Rally schedule has been changed, and there are no stages around Ankara and Eskisehir, so crews were given the option of following the original time and travel schedule or heading straight to Istanbul. Mark and Dave opted for Istanbul.
A leisurely breakfast in Ankara, then a 500km drive to Istanbul.
Jiri Kojac, who navigates and manages the Czech team we've linked up with, decided we should stay in Istanbul at Taksin rather than spend big dollars at the Novotel where we stay tomorrow night.
The drive was relatively quick. The 120kph speed limit is pretty much completely ignored by the locals. Traffic was much thicker as we reached Istanbul but it was manageable.
left: Not sure what this procession at Taksim Square was about
We then explored Taksim Square (scene of last year's anti-government riots), took the funicular railway and tram into the Old Town to see the spice market and the Grand Bazaar, before catching Judy and Phillip Morley at the Blue Mosque. (Judy and Philip are touring around over here).
We ate at a local restaurant where P&J had eaten the night before, then it was tine for the tram home again.
Next: Day 16 - Still tourists