The 2nd Trans-America Challenge 2015

7th - 28th June 2015

Day 20 - Reno - Rest Day

Reno Rest day

We’re into the endgame now. This final rest day was one for making sure that nothing goes wrong on the way to the Golden Gate.

Known as the biggest small city in the world, Reno is a casino and entertainment town of the kind that is common in Nevada. It could best be described as Las Vegas Lite in that it’s still got some sense of decency and reality about itself and indeed, the hotel we’re staying in, The Peppermill is very good with plenty to do, see and eat under the one huge roof and, it’s a lot colder inside than it is outside.

Spannering was pretty perfunctory this morning. Lubing, checking and cleaning were pretty much the order of the day. In the shade of the multi storey carpark we saw Albrecht Haase who had called upon two friends to help with a bit of axle greasing. Our newest co driver, Samantha Winkelman got to grips with a dipstick once the wheel bearings of their Porsche had been adjusted and Anthony Verloop was busy checking the front wheels and brakes of his pokey little V8 MGB GT. It’s a good car and he knows it inside out.

There was probably more activity with the washings machine than with the toolbox, which is a good thing at the end of a long Rally.

No news on the Marinello Porsche though which suffered a small engine fire yesterday. It was taken off site to be looked at by one of their friends who runs a Porsche garage - that’s a useful friend. Hopefully they’ll be back with us in the morning.

Ace sweep team, Jamie and Owen Turner were found fixing a new clamping device to the tailgate of their truck, they’ve just got the one. Apparently it’s their only vice.

Tomorrow we start our two day home run through the beautiful landscapes of Northern California to Eureka. We can then quite correctly boast that we’ve achieved the continental crossing, from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Syd Stelvio



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