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
Silven (Bulgaria) to Nis (Serbia)
Last night’s red wine was pretty bad. In fact, the service at dinner last night was non-existent. After waiting 90 minutes, we were prepared to take anything that was offered at the table and share it between us. It wasn’t necessarily what we ordered, but we were prepared to take anything.
Today we had our first competition in Europe. It was 33.8km of relatively smooth tar, very twisty with lots of hairpins.
It started and ended near Sliven and had a service park in the town square.
The stage was run three times. On the first run, the Sandy Dalgarno Escort burst an oil pump line and lost all its sump oil over the last 15km of the stage. This made it more interesting on the second and third runs, having to take lines to avoid crossing the usually visible trail of oil. He was towed back to the service by the Shane Attwell Falcon.
A few cars reported spins and offs after hitting the oil.
A pair of Porsches at Sliven
|(The above photos are from albums posted on
https://www.facebook.com/SydneytoLondon2014, by Plamen Petrov and Todor
Kirchev. See those albums for many more action photos from that
Looking at today’s results: We were faster each time we did the stage. But so were most people. Joost was 42 seconds quicker than us each time. We did get 8 seconds back off Geoff Olholm but he should be in conserve mode now - he has an 11 minute lead. Joost took 42 seconds off us every 34km. He is now just 6:37 behind us. There are six stages to run in Europe and five in the UK for a total of 260km. He will get close and that’s assuming no one has any problems along the way.
three runs of the stage, we transported 500km to Nis in Serbia. We were
first to reach the border, and as expected, got parked off to the side
while the officials made phone calls and had loud discussions with each
other. I think we paved the way for everyone else.
Bulgaria and Serbia seem to consist of green rolling plains and hills.
Bulgaria had a very nice motorway for several hundred kilometres. The speed limit is 140kph. Quite a lot of cars travel above that speed. Plus, there's heaps of trucks. Not good on the non-motorway bits.
Tomorrow is another ‘free transit’ day. We drive to Belgrade, the Serbian capital…
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