Transsyberia Rally: Ryan Millen leg seven summary

Day 7 - Novosibirsk to Kosh Agash Hello everybody! It's day 7 and with the cancellation of today's special stage, there is really not much to report, rally-wise. As you read yesterday, the organizer cancelled today's special stage. The guys...

Day 7 - Novosibirsk to Kosh Agash

Hello everybody!

It's day 7 and with the cancellation of today's special stage, there is really not much to report, rally-wise.

As you read yesterday, the organizer cancelled today's special stage. The guys on Team Italia hit a big "yump" (a rally term!) and landed the wrong way. One of them got hurt suffering what the medics thought could be a broken back. Not taking a chance, they took him to the hospital in Novosibirsk. Because of the distances involved, the medics couldn't be back in time for the special stage, so they cancelled it. Colin and I were pretty disappointed, but there's nothing for it and it does make sense. Our hearts go out to the guys on Team Italia. Good guys.

So today we had an 890 kilometer transit stage. To give me a break, Colin did a bunch of the driving today. He didn't do too bad of a job for a "navigator!" (Co-drivers hate to be called that!)

One of the benefits of riding right seat is that you get to see a little more of what there is to see. And one thing that is clear -- we're getting farther and farther away from Moscow. Not only in terms of miles, but in terms of life here in general. The houses are getting more and more sparse; there are fewer people and those that we do see, look poorer. We are well and truly out in the wilds now.

Our first night in our tents went great. We had a huge campfire and the food was surprisingly good! What can be bad about barbeque, right? We followed a great meal with a good night's sleep. So I think we are getting ourselves pretty well prepared for what Mongolia will throw at us. As I said, we wanted to cross into Mongolia in the top ten and we are in 9th place, so we're right on target.

We are still hopeful that we'll be able to get at least 20 minutes back from day one's special stage, and that would be a big help.

Tomorrow we go across the border and then Colin and I are going to get our Cayenne S TransSyberia up on jackstands and give her a good going over. There are a couple of areas we want to check -- the CV joint with the torn boot; see why the steering is cocked to the right, and stuff like that-- But overall, we could not be happier right now. Our energy level is high, thanks to a couple of good night's sleep and our spirits couldn't be any higher either. And, while we know anything can happen -- hey, this is, after all, racing -- we are "cautiously optimistic" about our chances.

We'll fill you in tomorrow on out trip across the border. I understand from Dad that it is definitely "a trip."

Ciao!

(In honor of Team Italia!)

Ryan & Colin

-credit: kgpr

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Series Cross-Country Rally
Drivers Ryan Millen