Day 7 Thu 16th Sept – Kharakorin to Tariat (Mongolia) – 325 km
Cold cold cold! Julie sounded like she was actually shivering as she left a message for today’s run and no doubt numb fingers don’t help with either the driving or the navigation.
Only 85 cars left the camp this morning under their own steam which indicates a much higher toll than at this stage of previous P2P rallies. This is being attributed to the terrible state of the roads following earlier severe rain that has left huge pot holes everywhere and difficult cambers that sway the car from side to side and severely cap maximum speed.
Tim and Julie left the camp at 7.40am for a very tough day of driving. Spectacular scenery through Mongolia’s lush interior dotted with lakes and beautiful trees and vegetation. It would seem that the flora has positively benefited from recent rain in direct proportion to the significant damage it has done to the already bad roads! These are a real strain on Benson and Julie said that despite feeling rough and like he’s coming down with something Tim’s doing some stellar driving on this difficult stage of the route.
They arrived at camp at 18.30pm exhausted and really cold but no doubt feeling good to have got another of the most difficult days under their belts. Here’s hoping they packed their thermals as being endless cold can’t be conducive to maintaining high morale. I think the ‘endurance’ element of this rally is really hitting home now and with one of six weeks now complete it must feel like there is still a long long way to go.