8. June 2000, Zhangjiakou to Beijing
Finale is at the Great Wall today. In the morning, we have to line up
in an order we receive from the Rally Office and keep driving in this
order until the Great Wall. The order is basically, the London to Peking
participants first and then the Around the World participants. Within
the "Around the World" convoy, first all vintageants are lined
up according to their ranking and then all classic cars according to their
ranking. So we are the seventh car within the classics as two of the cars
in front of us were "Peking" participants and are now dropping
out. We are driving in a convoy until Beijing, so no penalties possible
today - except for one German/French couple driving a Mercedes who manage
to get a one-hour penalty and get their driver license withdrawn for disobeying
police orders to stop at the designated fuel stop on the route.
We meet up with our family today and the weather and landscape is nice. So overall a very good day but we also are aware of the fact that we are not even halfway yet. On the other hand, the former Soviet states and China have been tough on us concerning such things as hotels, getting something to eat or just trying to watch TV in the evening.So we expect the third leg of our route to be more relaxing concerning that aspect while the competitive aspect is rumoured to be tougher in North America (as repairs can be more easily done).
Overall 1 hour 10 minutes penalty