16 AUG. 2017 ZOUMOD⇒ZOUMOD
“Short trip through the valley of dinosaurs”
The scheduled late night start was changed to 10 o’clock in morning making it a daylight stage. This was the first time we ever took this route with its fresh exciting feeling and full of surprises. The temperature had dropped a little making it a pleasant drive. We arrived at the valley entrance by driving along the CAP heading, we pass through this valley with green-colored rocks that do indeed look like a large group of dinosaurs have gathered. Running in the lead with an overall win almost within their grasp are #108 Saruulkhangai in his Can-Am and #109 Ganbaatar also in a Can-Am. These two running side by side in first and second place have taken the lead over top competitors in the division, keeping a tight grip on the rally and are also the center of attention here. They are followed by the TOYOTA Tacoma Baja machines in third and fourth place who are closing the time gap. In the motorcycle division #7 Ojima has so far secured top place with #19 from Korea following in second place. Ojima comments that “#19 is definitely much faster in speed so I have to win by navigation skill.”
Tomorrow will be the final part of long stretch, back at the rally bivouac tablecloths, wine glasses, and wine had been prepared and we enjoyed a brief dinner party.