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
|left: Chris Palmer/Phillip Marshall Mustang; right: Richard Bennet/Matt Wallace (Photos by Plamen Petrov)|
Richard Bennet Mustang is the old Peter Cochrane Mustang (we became
friends during the Silver Fern rally a few years ago) which set second
fastest time on the ‘1000 Bends’ section yesterday. An amazing
effort! (NB: see in-car footage of the Mustang action at :
lunch, we went down to explore the town and take pictures but we were
waylaid by the Belgians (Rene and Eric) who were having a drink in the
Their Hilux ute running in the Challenge category is fitted with a large refrigerator and is referred to as the food and beverage wagon.
After a few gin and tonics, it began to rain and we took refuge in a restaurant. After the Chardonnay, pork medallions etc, I noticed the rain had stopped but the light was fading too fast for picture taking. So it’s been a hard day here in Rijeka.
right: Rene and Eric and their ' food and beverage wagon"
|Note the sugar sachets for Mark's Cappuccino! (it was in the Ferrari cafe)
Got the washing done! That’s not entirely true yet - They haven’t returned it as I write this.
We are still 5 minutes 30 seconds ahead of the 3rd placed Porsche. We’ll see how much he gets off us tomorrow. They have added an extra stage tomorrow so there will be 70km of stages before a 408 km transport to Brescia in Italy.
After Brescia, there are no stages until the UK. Some competitors, certainly the Belgians and the Czechs, are planning to go home for a few days before fronting up for a restart in Wales. We will follow the route and act like the good tourists that we are.
|Next: Day 22 Rijeka (Croatia) to Brescia (Italy)