in North America: Very long cargo trains taking more than ten minutes
to pass. And school-busses which, when blinking, must not be overtaken.
short rest by
greeting us on the way - and unlike Asian schoolchildren they are
wisely kept at a distance from the street by the teachers.
Urban life at
last: Prince George, a city with 80,000 inhabitants, has, among
many other things, a multiplex with six screens, so we go and see
"the Gladiator" - a good way to keep our minds of the
rally for once (no car chase scenes).
this in a while - sunset
For some kilometres
we had to drive on this gravel road where huge lumber trucks would
pass us by every few minutes, clouding the whole street in dust.
They drive at recklessly high speeds and ironically, when one of
the truck drivers saw our rally numbers on the car, he waved us
down and told us to drive careful - thanks for the advice! We will
try our best when we see the road again!
gravel - we have seen so many until now that I have problems telling
them apart. But recently there have been a whole lot of changes
to our route, making the tests slower and shorter (and therefore
better) and changing the location of time-checks. The
recent changes indicate willingness by the rally office to make
the rally a bit less competitive and more enjoyable which almost
all of the competitors have asked for in recent days.
car has broken down. The "sweep" sweeps up all the cars
who break down on the route and tries to repair them. The sweep
car is a bit of a classic itself: A Diesel Land Rover. They never
sold Diesel Land Rovers in Canada, so without spare parts, the sweep
has to be transported on a truck from town to town until the spare
part has been flown in. Still the "guys from the sweep"
are able to help broken-down Austin-Healeys like the one in the
picture, but they need to get their tools from the Rover.
After a long,
dusty road Karl is having a refreshment. The bicycle glove is because
of an inflammation he got on his hand.
One of our screen-wipers
has fallen off, so Sami and Karl exchange the driver's broken wiper
with the navigator's working wiper. We will fix the problem when
there is more time.