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27 September 2010

Disappointingly, the car didn’t arrive yesterday until approximately 3:00PM, thus there was not much work done on it yesterday. Today we tightened all the loose bolts, bolted the grille back into place, and repaired a broken shock absorber sway bar link. We checked the diff and shock absorber oil and topped them up. Then it was on to the all-important alternator. The repairs on this were completed, and we finished about 5 this afternoon - absolutely buggered.

Colin and I decided it had to be a room service dinner followed by an early night. There is a 6:00AM departure tomorrow for Shymkent – a mere 734 kms away: this is the greatest distance in one day for the whole of the rally. Depending on how things go, my next blog might have to wait until our next ‘rest day’ (perhaps the name should be changed to ‘repair day’?) at Samarkand in Uzbekhistan on 1st October.

Posted by nbrice 17:52 Archived in Kazakhstan

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We read the blogs with interest each day but I wonder whether you know the extent of the home fans you have?

We certainly admire your tenacity. Especially Colin's who seemed to have suffered unfairly for such a good living person. Have you thought about the alternative of flying the 730k tomorrow and trucking the vehicle. Would seem like a better way of traveling, especially as you seemed to have not quite mastered the long distance non stop touring yet.

Looking forward to hearing about a brilliant trouble free, come back next time, day tomorrow. .

by Malcolm

Gee Norm you are having a struggle - just as well your health is ok, sorry about Colin. It is more like an endurance run. Hope the car hangs in there and you too. Sorry about your accomodation - we won't complain about Australia ever again. Enjoying following you around. Love Bet

by betty jackman

Hi fellas,sorry to hear about the break downs..,Stay safe and well..wish I was there..my thoughts are with you every bump of the way..am following the trip on website..Dave..the machanic Townsville..

by David Dyball

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