ETAP-5 16 AUG. 2018
L:18.03km SS-1:245.25km L:2.22km SS-2:270.07km L:6.80km TOTAL:542.37km
THE HIDDEN TRAP WAITING IN THE GREAT PLAINS OF THE GOBI!
A tremendously strong Siberian high pressure area has covered the Mongolian highlands. It brings a deep ultramarine blue sky stretching to the horizon. This deep blue color called the ‘Mongolian Blue’ certainly seems like something special.
The rally is now in the last half. Up until now the liaisons were long and the SS were short but from this day onwards we will be challenging the full-scale, full-size version of the vast grassy plains of the Gobi. Just counting the SS alone, one day’s driving distance is more than 500 kilometers.
Also, a special feature here is that most of the route was high-speed driving where it can be tough to keep your self-control during road dual. The rain that fell on Khangai several days before, has seriously pummeled the dry great plains so that now a number of small streams have transformed into large rivers. You could say that this is a big trap appearing right in the middle of the great plains of the Gobi!
「REACHING THE NORTHERN EDGE OF THE GOBI DESERT AND PLAYING ON THE GREAT PLAINS」
Today is a loop course and we proceed carefully by navigation to the east and then to the south. The grassy plains gradually give way to the Gobi Desert and you can see a shimmering heat haze. A strange and surprising lake appears in the Gobi and the SS-1 goal is nearby. We next head to the west. We cross a river with a village nearby, proceed through a valley and once through it, drive along a high-speed piste. We keep steadily going north along the great plains heading for the finish line. Our machine is running superbly. This was definitely a super-fine day.
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