Scrutineering, Great Wall, on to Erenhot.
Route - Beijing, Hohhot, Erenhot.
|Mung, our Beijing friend|
I had already been in China for 3 weeks by the time the P2P started, and had spent time looking for WD 40 and other items that people needed. Once Ashton arrived, we found all sorts of places, and met people like Mung at RPM Tuning who had helped us considerably. The other competitors arrived on June 30th, and on the 31st it was straight into paperwork and scrutineering.
First of all we had a lecture from the Chinese Police about "How
|Enduring the Police lecture|
|Warehouse storage for cars|
|Gidget hidden right down the end|
|Beijing cocktail party|
|Beijing car park|
|Nothing too difficult then ????|
|Parked up at the Great Wall|
|Lion Dance at the start|
|We cross the start line|
This time they had high poles for the Lion to traverse, which made it very special and showed that this was no ordinary Lion Dance. Finally it was over, andat 7.31 am, Car #1, Anton and Herman in (on ?) the 3 wheeled Contal, were finally waved away by Patrick Burke, Hero MD. They were then followed at one minute intervals by the remaining 40 Vintagent vehicles. So it was well past 9.00 am before we eventually hit the road for the 595 km section to Hohhot.
|Hills and lots of slow traffic|
|Passing through little villages|
|Hohhot car park|
|Traffic jam !|
|PC on the road to Erenhot|
|Chinese couple try Gidget for size !|
|Famous dinosaur arch|
sculptures beside the road, before we pulled into our Erenhot Hotel. This time we had lots of local people milling around looking at the cars, while we had two local singers welcoming us on the steps of the hotel. A good day, and everything seemed to be going quite well.
|Singer at Erenhot hotel|
The next morning we were up early to cross the border into Mongolia. Having wanted to come here all my life, this is a very special day for me. We left the hotel at about 8 am and drove the 7kms through Erenhot to the border crossing - and then everyone sat there .........and sat there ! Finally at about 10 am we moved
|Queuing at the Mongolian border|
with car docs, and navigators went the other way. We (the navigators) were processed reasonably quickly, and then came outside on the other side of the building to await our drivers and cars. But somehow, in passing from the front of the building to the back, an incredibly strong wind had sprung up and we could hardly stand ! It even blew some of the local signs down ! Eventually Ashton came round and we then
|High winds blowing down signs !|