A much cooler start to the day with the covering of the marine layer and a little light drizzle both came as a pleasant change from the last 10 days or so of scorching heat.
I woke feeling a little shabby once more, but I'm sure I was not alone! this seems to be becoming a little bit of habit! - I think I need to return home for a bit of a dry out and let my liver have a rest, if I'm luck I might manage about a week!
The test sections may be over but we still have to arrive in San Fran to clam first place, yesterday was a tough last day with the last three regularities pushing everyone to the limit - some crews using the challenge to climb a little further up the leader board others finding it really tough and loosing a place or two to other crews who had been nipping at their heels.
Route amendments were handed out as we left the hotel in the morning telling us that the dissision had been made to have the final MTC at the lunch stop, part way along the Pacific Highway - there for ending the rally at that point - phew! What a relief, we could then relax a little rather than have the worry right up to the end in SF.
The mornings drive was fantastic, a little run on highway 101 before turning off and driving through the fabulous Avenue of the Giants for about 31kms, these stunning giant redwoods tower high above you and sit right on the edge of the Tarmac road that twists and turnes between them - majestic!
We then turned on to the iconic Route 1 "Pacific Highway" to lead us all the way along the rugged coast line and finally into San Francisco, this drive too is quite sensational and should be on everyone's bucket list!
The lunch stop arrived and we could now safely say we had won!
I am genuinely knocked out and really can't quite believe we have done it for a second time. We have been up against some very strong competition and crews that would normally leave us standing - I'm very proud indeed of what we have achieved.
The competition on these rallies is great fun and challenging but the greatest thing of all is meeting all the wonderful people that are part of this new family both competitors and the whole ERA team - our life is richer for knowing you all xxxxx