This morning’s start was a bit later so we could all say goodbye to our ‘friends’ from the Road Boss Rally. Once they had all left we headed up to the high school to collect our lunch packs, have our daily briefing and then we were flagged off. The weather at Port Macquarie was absolutely glorious. During the briefing a crew member from each car came and collected a knitted teddy made by car 1959’s mum. We all now have a travel buddy in our cars.
Fortunately incidents are rare on the RBR but unfortunately from time to time things can and do happen, as you would know and expect with a very large group of cars and people traveling into and through some pretty adverse and challenging conditions. Car 307 “Cane Toad” took a little leap off the road into the scrub and came to an abrupt halt. Although situations such as this are very rare, they do happen and we are always geared and prepared for them “just in case”. It is reassuring to know that all our plans, systems and procedures sprang into action and worked perfectly. The boys were in good spirits and although they had to take trip to hospital, will be on the road to recovery quite soon, but sadly, their trip across the country with us was cut a little short.
Car 122 are in at Walcha tonight and will catch up with us tomorrow. They had a small problem with their wheel bearings.
Today’s course travelled back up over the hills and ranges and continued up and up and up into the cold country. Splendid views, grassy tracks and spectacular creek crossings were some of the surprises of the day. The final surprise for everyone was the town of Quirindi. Wow, what can we say about this little town. Tonight’s dinner was held in the old Theatre and they have opened the hall for a huge snore fest. (You rally wives at home know what we are talking about).
A short easy day turned into a long and late night for some of us so unfortunately this means that our updated results from today will be delayed. Tomorrow is also a very long day at 850km, so you can expect a late night update from Kallara. Now that we are on the super with big days, late nights and remote locations, our daily updates will be a little sporadic when they get uploaded. We will endeavour to get everything up as soon as possible.
Cheers from the Road boss Road. One down, fourteen to go.