P to P Training Day

P to P Training Day – Early start, Julie and I made bacon rolls for what was a full house. It was spotting with rain as we left, so we decided to put the roof up – this proved a shrewd move as the weather soon got worse and did not improve all day. We drove in convoy to the start point, Chris and Mark in the Modal A, Lang and Fritz in a hire car and Julie and I in Benson. Coffee and a half hour “classroom” session on using the GPS for waypoint and route navigation. We were car number 3 of 30, with a start time of 11.03, the route started simply enough following tulips for around 20km. The training was cleverly designed to break us in gently to the GPS nav, so at the same time we were also moving from waypoint to waypoint on the Garmin. Then the tulips stopped and we were on the GPS alone, following a “route”, as we will have to cross the Gobi desert. Julie did a great job in tough conditions, Benson behaved himself impeccably. We just avoided a head on collision when a cretin in an Audi came round a blind corner on our side of the road, Benson just about stopped with 1 metre between the cars. We missed one turn, but realised immediately and did a U turn and we were on time for the time controls. Both really pleased with how we ran on our first real test and we gave ourselves a solid “pass”.  It was good to meet some of the other P to P crews, a well organised day by ERA was only spoilt by rotten weather. (225km run today / 2400km run since going back on the road)