Today began with no hot water for a shower (cold is so invigorating anyway) and a short drive to the rally headquarters hotel (we were staying elsewhere) for the start. Lloyd is entertaining some of the interested bystanders, they are mostly young adults, while waiting for our departure time.
Well, the Itala (1907) has made it this far and actually looks none the worse for wear – what a great old automobile.
The land here is flat and featureless – far different than anything we have seen to date. You can see what I mean if you look past the cemetery (I don’t usually take pictures of cemeteries) at the landscape in the distance. And the land was like this the entire day – very barren. The cemetery has a very distinctive Moorish architecture.
This was probably the only relief to the land all day and because of its brief appearance, I had forgotten I had the picture. I guess it wasn’t 100 % flat after all.
Some of the old Russian style housing – this one was unoccupied and boarded up but we couldn’t locate its replacement.
And then just what we all couldn’t wait for – camping again. Fortunately, our day went well and we arrived early as you might have guessed based on the relatively few cars present. Seems that many of the Organizers are “camping” elsewhere. Dinner was a stand up affair in a tent – first class. The local agents who are helping us are very good and have done a great job.
Based on the lack of exciting stuff to report other than a lot of cars are missing (possibly sent on to Almaty for repairs) and the fact that I’m bushed after a number of long days, I’ll wrap this up for now.
Our car continues to perform flawlessly but I don’t want to brag or bring on trouble. We are looking forward to a hotel in Almaty, some rest and a chance to do a little maintenance of our # 86 Cadillac.
Oh, and God bless the BGAN which has made these updates possible.