A short diversion
through a river bed with car 50 following us. The Australian/New
Zealand Rover with an all-female crew had been placed second in
our class until a few days ago when they unfortunately made a mistake
with their timing that cost them 60 minutes. They are now third
in our class and another Rover (same model) with a Hongkong/UK crew
is now directly behind us.
today's test section near a lake resort.
This truck driver
uses a stone to block his wheels. Unfortunately, most Chinese truck
drivers use big stones as "warning triangles". They build
a fence of stones around their vehicles when they break down. As
if the fear of hitting a stone was bigger than hitting the truck.
When they have repaired their truck, they drive off and leave the
stones where they have placed them. Nobody ever bothers to pick
these stones up, even the police. So every five kilometres in China
(more on steep climbs where trucks break down) one has to maneuver
around these stones on the street.
Swiss team with their Studebaker in front.
After the test
we have to drive through several diversions due to construction
before we get back on the highway.
We are driving
into the hills along a river valley.
Other then damaged
tarmac, the test section's hardest bit is this dry river bed.
with sheep and goat.
blue skies with clouds, at last
- small Chinese city surrounded by hills.