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
Belgrade to Rijeka (Croatia)
The day started at 7:02 (we are 2nd on the road) with a 400km transport to Zagreb (left) in Croatia. Zagreb seems a quite friendly place. We had almost two hours to spare there as the transport time was generous.
(Photo from John and Jeff Sydney London blog)
of Zagreb, things changed a bit. A 3km transport to the start of
the stage and rain was imminent. We were OK until about 4km from
the end ,when it started to pour down. We were less disadvantaged than
the cars who had started behind us.
The transport from the end of that stage to the next stage was tight and that had to be the one we took a wrong turn on. Geoff Olholm followed us in and then went in front of us as we stopped with doubts about whether we were on the right road. We all recovered and lost no time.
The next stage ‘1000 bends’ was a great stage. 30km of good, tight twisting tarmac passing through a couple of villages. Joost took 55 seconds off us.
Differing attitudes in a corner through a Croatian village (photos shared by Autoškola Remetinec)
The real excitement/angst of the day was after the end of the stage. We
were hot and jumped out to take off helmets etc. I put my glasses on the
roof while getting the helmet off. Half a km down the road, I had Mark turn back. I was sure they would be
on the road. And they were. But Joost had run over them.
Now the problem was that I had no spare glasses in the car and couldn’t read the road book. We were soon very lost. To cut a long story short, I used Mark’s glasses (making him drive without them) to try and work out where we were. They were barely adequate but better than nothing.
We did find the motorway but couldn’t work out where exactly we were on it. We had the GPS set for the hotel but satellite reception in the narrow streets of Rejeka is problematic. The GPS couldn’t make up its mind and sent us in a few circles for a while. We eventually found the hotel but the control was the opposite side of a square filled with restaurant tables. We back tracked and went around the block to enter from the right direction.
We later saw others drive between the restaurant tables and cross the road at a pedestrian crossing to get to the control.
At the end of the day...
|.Eggfried Depoorter (who we know from the London to Cape Town event 18
months ago) who is here servicing for Joost, gave me a pair of ‘chemist
glasses’. They cost $2.50 apparently and he has 4 pairs of them.
Joost tried to repossess them.
We are tired but laughing about it all.
|Tomorrow is a rest day in Rijeka.
Rijeka Rest Day