Sergiev Posad has a cluster of churches and is a big pilgrimage site for Russians of the Orthodox faith. Blue domes are churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary. We are north of a Moscow in Sergiev-Posad but Nomads is not picking up the position. We took an overnight train from Petrowhatsit to Mosciw and this place is about 1,5 hours driving north in fairly heavy traffic.
Well the next flight could not have been more different fantastic crew
The track is right under the landing flight path of ChCh international airport so very noisy, even when the cars are all in the pits! David drove an amazing 1min55 sec fastest lap despite the camber plates slipping. Once re adjusted Patricia was only 1.8 seconds slower when she finally managed to take his advice to plant foot on even the shortest of straights! With only a small group, and very expensive cars, there was rarely a car to chase but in the last session two groups were combined so the Porsches did their best to catch us. One tried hard and got close only to fall behind on The deliciously long straight.
Many of us did gather at the pub that evening thinking there was going to be a closing function. Sadly there was not but it was good to chat to those we had been with for the week. New friends we will no doubt meet from time to time at north island tracks in the future. I think my favourite track was a Highlands as there were lots of corners. Ruapuna was a good challenge and Teretonga was a good place to start as it was the easiest to get to grips with for a novice. Levels was short and quite hard on the car but we managed four tracks with no need for replacement of tyres, brake pads or rotors. And a long way there and back so we are happy. Some more work will be needed to keep the camber plates from slipping. We added up the mileage when we got home and 4519 kilometers with yet another track day possible is rather wonderful for our Michelin Sport tyres.
The green Ford Focus below is not your stock item, especially with John at the helm.
Ken took us for a very interesting drive around Timaru and we saw the town highlights including a wild looking ocean around the port area. The amount of gravel brought to the break water by the north going current is amazing.
Ken and Shirley have an amazing garden. The Italian prune plum tree had fruited well as it was covered from attack by birds. They are small really tasty plums with a dark green yellow flesh underneath dark skin. I have Never tasted such a tasty unusual plum.
Patricia was able to extend beyond her original comfort zone by following the black Ferrari. Close on his tail around and around. We got three runs of 15 min each. The day was interrupted by John Key arriving by helicopter and doing a few high speed circuits with the residents race car driver in their Ferrari.
Well, the fuel consumption was mind boggling and we were lucky to have been given 20 l of 98 octane. There are a lot of very serious motor sport people here with vans and trailers full of everything you might need. We filled up back in Invercargill after doing 165 is on the track. This included some slow runs where we were able to take Trevor and Norma. Fuel consumption back at the BP fill up was a scary 37.49L/ 100 k!!! Odometer at departure Invercargill 30931. ( 51.24 p,us the 20l)
Our Prestigio group had the two Ferrari?s and a Lamborghini which along with the GGRILA were the fastest . Patricia was thrilled when the Lambo drove off the track when it passed her too close to the hairpin . Yee ha. Excitement right in front of me. The race group was the most interesting to watch as more of them and they raced closer. The straight enabled top speed of 230 kph plus but it was a bit bumpy at the end where the brakes went on before the sweeper.
David and Trevor adjusted the castor plates and then we followed Trevor and Norma to Invercargill which made finding the motel very easy! They then took us to the museum to see the giant tuataras, and a super roaring 40s display. Then a walk in the magnificent huge Queens Park and a visit to Anderson Park.
Odometer reading at BP Invercargill 30741 and we took 48.4l of 95 Octane plus booster which gives us our best fuel consumption from Dunedin. OK so I think 12.1L per 100k is not that great but it gets worse on the track!
PS I have no ide why we are out in the ocean. There is no cell phone coverage here but the gps on the phone seems to be working. Hopefully we will return to dry land tomorrow. After a walk along the beach at Surat Bay this evening I have decide to forego a later trip to see penguins. It is COLD.
Odometer for Tuesday start is 30557
Odometer at Surat Bay 30475
Odometer st last BO station at south Dunedin with 98 octane was 30341
Odometer now 30252 making a peaceful 275 Ks behind often slow motor homes . What a curse they are even with the long straights they travel in convoy we stopped to look at the great aviation museum in Ashburton befor a great lunch. The weather is starting to pack up but still no precipitation. Again an amazing change of scenery with the huge grain fields backed by the snow capped southern alps
Odometer at Rolleston 29977 which makes a 498 km day - seemed a LOT longer.
More as the day goes on,.....
Odometer at start of South Island is 29479
Note for return. heavenly Pasta 117 Bridge St Bulls, tel 06 322 1777
Note for return. Fantastic Malaysian food at Straits Kitchen, Taihape. Tel 06 3881753.going north order at Mangaweka.Also accommodation at Aspen Court Motel
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