Billy, the Kidney Kar Rally mascot, waves us off
Nothing special to report from last night really...we managed to move up a few places, only losing 2 points for being early in the first section, 3 for being early in the second and believe it or not, we were even in the last stage! We had a lovely dinner at the Orange Ex-Services Club and a long chat with Pam & Dick Graham who are 'sweeps' on the rally and have been around the rally circuit for years and are a never ending source of some very funny stories! Spent the night at the Templars Mill Motel and it was lovely - highly recommended.
We woke to a frosty morning with ice all over the Kar and headed off for breakfast back at the Club. At the briefing from the Road Director, he advised some changes and unfortunately another stage cancellation (was to be our last stage for the day), again due to the hazardous conditions. We are only grateful that safety is always the prime concern on the Kidney Kar Rally.
Our first stage this morning was over Mount Canobolas - an 82km Class 3, so an average speed of 70kmh. There were some parts that were quite a deal slower, with some very rough rocky sections and a fair bit of water. We even had ice on the road in the early part of this stage! But some beautiful scenery when I could glance up quickly from the road book, terra trip and radio duties! Right towards the end we went through a rough creek and from that point a noise started in the front wheel area. No it wasn't a flat...we decided to press on as we only had a few k's to the end of the stage. When we pulled up to control everyone was looking at the front wheel area and it turned out a large piece of cowling had torn off and was rubbing against the wheel. We headed into the next town (Eugowra) and Dion from Tumut (Kar 0517) helped us out - he simply cut it off and pulled it out and threw it in the nearest bin! And so we went on!
The next stage for the day was a 98km Class 3. So many narrow cattle grids, my bones were starting to shudder! Lots of water again and some detours around large water filled holes to avoid us doing too much damage! At the end of the stage we maybe came in a little early...
An early lunch at the Services Club in Forbes was certainly welcome, albeit a little short in time before we had to leave to make it out to the starting control for the last stage of the day. This one was a 98km Class 1, so the average speed should be about 85kmh. As it is an easier stage we also had to participate in a visual navigation exercise where we had to answer specific questions along the way. They are worth points so everyone tries hard to spot the answers and the answer sheets are handed in at the final control.
Canola at last!
As the last stage was cancelled, we headed straight into West Wyalong where we will be staying tonight. We took the opportunity of some spare time to have our damaged tyre looked at in town, but alas it was not fixable and they didn't have a replacement for it, so until we get to Dubbo we will just have to manage with 5 tyres and one spare rim!
Dinner tonight at the West Wyalong Services Club before we head off to rally our way towards Dubbo in the morning. The following day is a rest day, so other than shopping around for some tyres, we can hopefully rest up and reorganise our gear truck storage a little!