11. May 2000, Samsun to Trabzon
and Trabzon are not that far away when driving along the coast. But the
rally organization had planned another test section for us today. The
morning drive along the Black Sea coast is slightly frustrating as there
is a lot of traffic and a "Jandarma" police van decides to do
us good by escorting us. So for about two hours of the route we have to
follow in a queue of classic cars behind the police car which won't let
us overtake but at the same time drive at very moderate speeds so that
other Turks decide to overtake us and the police. When at last some of
the classic sports cars decide to overtake anyway, the Jandarma reconsiders
its policy and soon after lets all of us off.
Overall 37 minutes penalty
Trabzon is a surprisingly busy and modern city and the hotel we stay at is well-equipped and very well run. I am now realizing that tomorrow will be the end of the "known" world for me: Many of the participants already felt like that leaving Greece (or maybe leaving Dover) but Turkey always feels like home to me. To improve my navigator timing I bought a digital display watch today. We start talking to the watchmaker and he buys us tea. The whole city seems to already know about "iki-bin rally" (The 2000 Rally) and the watchsellers are very interested in our story. Sami also meets up with the national Turkish news channel NTV and they interview us as we are the only "Turkish" team on the rally. Sami also helps them interview other participants as the TV people do not know much English.