Driving a 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 from Peking to Paris in the June 2019 ERA Rally.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

0086 Outta here....

Giles has been gallivanting around China for the last couple of weeks (actually he’s been scoping for us and having a well derserved break before the chaos starts!) and finally I have handed everything over at work (BIG thanks to my team for picking up everything!) and now I’m running around doing all those last minute things:
- haircut
- printing off insurance docs that finally came through last night
- double checking the packing list
- printing off the instructions for the Go Pro camera (many thanks to Simply Sports Cars for the loan of these two cameras that’ll allow us to create a video blog)
- restart the Garmin InReach subscription
- load the TravelSIM into a burner phone and check it works (try to find network code - whassat?)
- load VPN onto burner πŸ˜€
- test and charge the satellite phone
- buy essentials - coffee and whisky mainly
- test pack
- find it won’t all go in; unpack and try again
- final check
- drive to the airport on Monday (27th May) morning and arrive in Beijing on Monday evening

That’ll all be simple then!

See you on the other side - probably in Ulan Batar in Mongolia as neither Blogger nor Faceplant are allowed in China πŸ˜€ Unless that VPN works better than expected!

Just a few reminders:
1/. The daily reports from Syd Stelio, photographs by Gerard Brown and the Spot tracker (we are car #77)  will all be on the Endurance Rally Association website at www.endurorally.com
2/. We continue to raise funds for Beyond Blue and the Cancer Council through the giving links at the bottom of the page - every dollar is very gratefully received, towards our target of $1 per kilometre we’ll drive (so about 15,000!) thank you! and
3/. We will also try to keep Gidget's Facebook page up to date as much as we can here: https://www.facebook.com/austin.healey.73113

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