Monday 11 Jul 2016
Day 30 Budapest (Hungary) to Maribor (Slovenia) 410kms
was to be the start of a stress-free, go easy touring day for us.
While the 2nd to 5th places are really
fighting it out, we should be able to take it easy and not worry if
our lead gets eroded a little.
didn’t quite go to plan.
I was late getting the day’s route amendments which put me on
the back foot, then there was the wait for a taxi or bus to get us to
the start area.
Plus there is the getting out of town bit - always hard in a
city you don’t know, especially one with heavy traffic.
Then, in heavy traffic, the engine starts to smell and smoke a
little, and we need to stop and look under the bonnet. Nothing wrong,
probably a little spilt oil or coolant on the exhaust.
that, we came to a long stretch of road works where we were stopped
for another 20 mins.
a sigh of relief.
were four trial sections, all gravel, which would normally suit us.
but we went very slowly through the first and at a reasonable safe
pace on the other three.
None were particularly great stages. I’ll have to wait and see
Maribor, the town we are at tonight, welcomed us in the city square with glossy books on the area and a rose.
drove past a café as we left the finish area and I gifted the rose it
to the first lady I saw close to the edge.
Looking at the results, we haven’t been worse than second fastest. Always to Car 107, Joost Van Cauwenberge in his V8 Merc, who probably has to pass cars while achieving his times. I’m surprised, but maybe all cars are carrying injuries. It was gravel today, and that suits us better than tarmac. Our winter treads are three parts gone so should be getting better for the tarmac that we will encounter from here on.
Jacksons and David Grainer/Peter St George were on exactly the same
time at the end of the second time trial today (and only five seconds
apart at the end of the day). Somewhat amazing..
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