Team Sweden is back home in Uppsala, Sweden.
Rally is over.
Is the Rally blues I hear or is it just tinnitus?
Can’t wait for the next rally with the November Sun Run crew.
Thanks to all followers of this trip, all other participators and of course James McDonald aka November Sun Run and the marshal crew.
NSR2017: Day 11, Sunday 29/10. Rally blues…
We had a night of good sleep at Hotel Linden, in a budget room, and we felt a bit fresher when we had breakfast. Pack the cars, pay the bill and then out on the Autobahn at 09:30.
440 km to Kiel.
We drove until 11:30 before the first queues came up, because of roadwork and the bigger junctions and so on.
Then about 150 from Kiel we stopped for a quick pause and the Leopold was leaking brake fluid! Thomas managed to do a quick fix in a hail storm and we were off again.
Arrived in Kiel in good time so we went for some food and drinks at the regular place Kieler Bräuhaus.
Boarded ferry at 16:30 and the some talk in the cabin before taxfree and music quiz. We didn’t win but we stayed for a short while to listen to music. But we were in bed before 23:00.
NSR2017: Day 10, Saturday 28/10. Rally blues
Lazy morning after the big battle is over.
We managed breakfast and met all the leaving teams then we went back to bed as we had lastcheckout at noon.
Finally were in such a shape that we managed to pack our stuff and start up the cars.
Before we left we helped Mike and Karen Spindle to start their Austin Healey 3000, some issues with the fuel feed.
Out on highway and up to Karlsruhe and food on road restaurant. There was a surprise waiting for us, some friends from Stuttgart showed up. Nice to meet them again!
Then out on the road again and when it became dark we booked a hotel just south of Kassel, Hotel Linde in Knüllwald. Nice owner och we had a schnitzel meal on a nearby restaurant before bed.
Both cars running well, both very noisy.
NSR2017: Day 9, Friday 27/10.
Rally day 4
Get up, long breakfast, load all stuff in the car as we aimed for a new hotel following night, stamp the card and start today’s rally.
Section 9 Wissembourgh-mt St Odile
We started in rain and filled up with petrol as soon as we could and tok it easy as it was questions, passing control boards and codeboards to keep an eye after.
Two thirds into the section we realised that we were a bit after time schedule. We had to press the pedal to get in time for checkout for next section.
Uphill to Mont St Odile the car was sweating power and when we got up to the monastery it had stopped raining. Micke rushed into passing control only to be told there was no time…
We skipped coffee and took off to have some more time for lunch instead.
Section 10 Mont St Odile – Riquewihr
This was a nice section that took us up and down. Serpentine roads, views and the weather became better and better.
We arrived Riquewihr with all controls taken and had a nice lunch in a Frog restaurant, no frogs were eaten though.
Section 11 Riquewihr – Colmar
Section was in sealed envelope that was opened and plotted. Very fast and short section. No questions, only codeboards and Passing control boards and we took them all!. Some tricky smaller junctions and local roads and then we reached the goal. Hotel L’Europe in Colmar.
Celebrations started on the parking, sunshine and happiness took the atmosphere to the sky! Photo sessions, strange drinks, laughs. Some went for swim and sauna, others to the bar. Then off for a shower and dress upp for the final dinner and prize giving ceremony.
We ended up with 113 points that gave us place nr 17 total and place 9 in class. That’s not bad at all as it was 70 teams that started the rally.
Celebration was going on until late…
NSR2017: Day 8, Thursday 26/10.
Rally day 3
Hotel Süd Pfalz – Fort Schönenbourg
Starts with filling the spare can as we forgot to find a petrol station the night before. Then off, found the right way and got a stamp at a secret passage control. Through a German forest and the over the border into France. Got all passage control boards and questions except the last question when we in search for petrol ended up in Wissembourg and had to do a quick drive to the passage control at a cafe next to Fort Schoenenbourg. Hand in the form and got a stamp on next as we showed the sealed envelope. Coffee and plotting while chatting to other teams.
Section 7a, sealed envelope, open and plot, Fort Schönenbourg-Simsenhof.
Milage was checked and off we went. Tough beginning of the section with passage control boards, questions and code boards. And when a sig about Road blocked 4900m ahead with had to make a decision, reroute directly or give it a go and hope the the block was after a smaller white road that could be used as alternative route. We took a chance and it paid off, we got a question and a code board!
Then out on a transportation stretch with only one passage control boards to find.
Next passage control was at Simsenhof, a fort in the maginot line. We had some extra kilometers and one missed code board. Not bad.
There was a visit to Simserhof included and it was really interesting place.
Free drive back to the hotel and we got back at 6.30 pm. We had a drink and then it was time for another fine dinner.
Results was presented, we got 22 points during the day , now total 93 points, place 21 overall and place 13 in class.
After a visit on a local pub we went back to plot and then Zzzzleeep.
NSR2017: Day 8, Wednesday 25/10.
Rally day 2
Up early again, pack stuff into the car, breakfast, Peter was today’s driver so he gets the car ready and Micke as navigator check out with a stamp from the organisers on the form.
Out on the road and the first sections gets us extra mileage as the inexperienced navigator Micke didn’t plot good enough and some tricky questions made us go back and forth in villages.
At first passage control in Sarrebourg we got a burger to the coffee, just in case it would be long time until lunch, as yesterday.
We made it til lunch break and had found several passage control boards (A4 yellow boards with letters on) and answers to questions. Not bad!
Another meal and then we were ready for section 6 that was given out in an sealed envelope. Open it up, read instructions and then plot the afternoon section. And we marked the questions on the map as well. Later it turned out that one question was marked on wring place and one was missing!
We started and it turned out to be a fun afternoon for Peter as driver, very twisty roads in the woods and mountains. The rally tyres were useless as it was bare asphalt and they were a bit instable sidewise. The car behaved good, a bit warm going uphill, the fanbelt needs to be checked and noisy as always. Through a forest with several code boards to look out after. After a detour due to closed road we finally reached the hotel in Germany just north of Wissembourg just before it became dark. People were enjoying drinks to get the road dust out of the throat and to exchange stories about the day. Peter checked in to the hotel and Micke checked the brakes on the car.
A nice dinner waited after that and some results were presented. We had added 40 points since yesterday so we are now up in 71 in total. Still somewhere in the middle, not first and not last.
The mood of the team was a bit better today, so swapping seats was a good trick, we’ll keep those positions tomorrow as well. The we will se if Micke has learnt any navigation or if we will gain even more points??!!
NSR2017: Day 7, Tuesday 24/10.
Rally day 1
Early bird, woke up at 6.30am to shower, pack stuff, load into car, have breakfast and then off from Doulancourt into Bar-sur-aube. Petrol again, toilet on petrol station, the to start area and line up for start while chatting to everyone. Great fun and very exciting.
Three, two, one and off we went. Full control, driving carefully and not missing anything. At least in the beginning….
It was very challenging the first two sections, tricky questions, code boards to find, passing control boards to assure that you were on the right Road, secret passage control, and all that with a team that didn’t practice much beforehand. We made it to coffee stop, handed in form for section 1, got a stamp to start section 2, then off without any coffee and still we were late to lunch stop. Due to some navigational failures.
Lunch stop was at Duoamont Ossuary in Verdun. Scary and thoughtful place, loads and loads of lifes were spilled here, to what use?
We plotted the map in rain and the off again.
When we reached the today’s goal in Metz the mood in the team was not on top, much more to the negative side.
Micke went for fuel and to do adjustments of the car and Peter checked in to hotel and plotted map.
During dinner there was a presentation of results, we were in the middle, great! but still this negative mood… There was quick decision from Micke, swap seats for tomorrow, fits Micke as bad elbow and bad knee from work on clutch . Bad night of sleep ahead for Micke though…
We’ll be back with reports.
NSR2017: Day 6, Monday 23/10.
Woke up at 9, simple breakfast, checkout, out to fix the car. Got the washer in behind the clutch release bearing, now we have travel enough and it all can be mounted, adjusted and tested. It works!!
We drove off from Reims, soon onto the motorway straight down to Breinne-la-chateu. Money, calibration and then register.
Maria and Thomas went for lunch and shopping. Micke and Peter went to hotel in Doulancourt, to check in, plot maps and eat. But restaurant was closed so we drove into Bar-sur-aube for petrol, shopping and food. We also bought an extra rubber hose to Leopard the Amazon who had a broken rubber for one inlet from carburettor.
Back to hotel to help out fixing the Amazon, putting door numbers on the cars and then the boys took off to the reception dinner. Marika was tired so she had a relaxed evening. Dinner was very nice and we then left for some sleep before the exciting start of the rally.
Stay tuned we’ll be back with reports.
Day 5, Sunday 22/10,
We woke up in the Castle hotel, skipped breakfast, the others took a swim in the pool and I slept a little more. Check out, pack stuff in car. Then off.
We drove through Dinant. A town with many saxofons. North and then West towards Maredsous and the abbey with Monks making beer, cheese, bread and ham. Perfect for breakfast!
Further south in the Ardennes, in the valley of Meuse. Crossing the border to France and then when we left the national park area we headed out on the motorway towards Reims.
Straight into city center to park the cars along the street, go for lunch and quick glimpse of the cathedral.
When starting up the cars again, the clutch release bearing had quit…
It was very difficult to drive and we had to stop at IKEA in West Reims. We decided to tow to ibis hotel and try to fix the problem. It rained… We finally gave up and booked rooms and then went for dinner in a nearby restaurant. Had a drink at the bowling place and then bed at midnight.
Day 4 Saturday 21 October, Bielefeldt, Germany – Dinant, Belgium
We had a very nice Breakfast with David. Lots of laughs, as always.
Back to the cars where Peter fixed a soundbuster on RallyCountryman with two screws in the last exhaust pipe, to crush the standing waves…
David took oss to a visit Lenkwerk, where there were lots of nice cars and bikes, we had a coffee and then off again.
After fill up David then lead us out on Autobahn nr2.
The RallyCountryman was running very well, but a bit noisy from tyres and exhaust. Onto road nr 1. Stop for late lunch/coffee outside Dortmund. Road nr 4, road nr 42 into Belgium.
Off motorway south to N95, passing Huy nuclear power plant.
Arriving to the goal of the day, Dinant, where we drove through and took a quick look of town, located just by the river, beside the mountain side, narrow streets, Castle on hill, pothole in street, noise from front wheel, pitstop, loose little plate in yoke, fixed!. Further on when leaving town, a sudden Speedbump!! New noise, same problem…
Arrived to Hotel Castle de Pont-’a- Lesse.
Fixed the brakes. Checked in. Hanging in bar until free table in restaurant. Nice beer but the food for Micke and Thomas was disappointing, raw meat and bad quality meat. Another beer and then to bed. Zzzz