Day 1 Peking to Daihai

Off at 6:00 am to drive out to the Great Wall. It took us less than 5 minutes to get lost – not a good thing in Beijing. Perhaps because we have been exemplary citizens representing the U.S., we managed to get ourselves back on route with minimal anxiety and disruption – probably had more to do with luck than anything else.

The Great Wall was really something – large crowds of people, bands and stilt walkers and about 100 old cars.


Then of course, there was the Great Wall itself or rather a small portion thereof.

No, those are no ants walking up, those are visitors by the hundreds.

We were delayed arriving by several massive traffic jams created by accidents (none serious) and breakdowns and as a consequence we had a bit of an adjustment to make in the schedule. The first car out was actually a bike –


That’s Tim Scott from Great Britain riding a 1922 F.N. Motorcycle – a very nice man and we wish him well on this 9000 mile ride.

Then we had the oldest car in the rally, a 1907 Italia 40 being driven David Ayre and his wife Karen also of Great Britain. These folks also competed in the 2007 Peking to Paris Rally – they must have had so much fun they came back to do it again – amazing.

Finally out turn came, there were 85 cars ahead of us, and we were off.

It was a beautiful day and once we got started, quite uneventful. Lots of car pictures, some running and some resting by the side of the road – there were too many running to show here and it would not be kind to show the “resting” ones – we hope their problems were small and repairs completed rapidly.

Some of the country was quite beautiful so perhaps that might be of greater interest to some of you back home.


That is actually part of the original Great Wall on the left and if you look closely you will see that it was built of earth.

After a very pleasant ride, we finally arrived at our destination at the Daihai Hotel by the side of a very nice lake.


Yes, that is Lloyd having a well deserved adult beverage before dinner.

We have another early start tomorrow have to cover over 500 kms. so will have to quit for now. Stay tuned for what is about to become some very interesting events.




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7 Responses to Day 1 Peking to Daihai

  1. Young Lloyd says:

    Made it through the first day, way to go!

    Watched you guys on the skytag site.

    Mom said she teared up a bit when you went through the starting line.

    Is that a Rolling Rock Dad?

  2. Dyke Morrissey says:

    Congrats Lloyd and Chuck! You made it through day all the prep through Day 1 and the rest will be a walk in the park…

    Following your posts every step of the way. Best of luck!

  3. Laura Merriman says:

    It must feel so good to have the first day under your belt. We watched via Skytag here in SF and I got nervous when I saw “unit standing”, as I had no idea what this meant – just praying that the car was still able to move forward. Alas, I am glad to see pics of you all with beer in hand in Daihai. Love the updates – keep ’em comin! Good luck on day 2.

  4. Elaine Schwager says:


    I would be watching on Skytag every step of the way if I could figure out how to work it! I will be consulting my IT staff at Fitness For You when I get to work. Thinking of you often and wishing you the very best. I just want to know if you were more patient about being lost in the first five minutes than usual? We begin the 24 hour Spinathon this morning so I will be awake with you for the next 40 hours! Don’t hesitate to call if you get lost again :).

    Lots of love,

  5. Larry Fredette says:

    My question about that first 5 minutes is ….did you stop and ask for directions? Chuck, that ride around the block last year in the Gullwing was amazing but you have taken the term “Joy Ride” to a whole new level! Thanks for the pictures and the insight, this is truly an amazing journey and thank you for sharing with all of us back here in the states. Know that Missouri is cheering for you all the way!

  6. Kathy Malone says:

    Congtratulations on the successful start. The picturesare magnificent. I only wish we all could be going along for the ride. And Big Lloyd you do know how much I truly love and appreciate the cars. All the best.

  7. Spencer Merz says:

    Keep that old Detroit iron going!

    Skytag works great – we sleep while you drive and vice versa.


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