Peking to Paris 2019
After taking on the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge twice, Rod was determined it was going to be third time lucky.
The 2019 route added a new element with a section through Kazakhstan after gruelling sections through Mongolia.
“I was determined to make the 2019 Peking to Paris my best result yet. I was itching for a win, I needed a win,” explains Rod.
However, three weeks before the start, Rod was on his way home from hospital recovering from a frozen spine and a prostate operation. Just sitting was a challenge but a week out, in true Rod style, he decided he could do it.
“For the first week or so, I thought I’d made a huge mistake because the pain was horrendous, constantly moving my seat as well as my body to find a comfortable driving position,” adds Rod.
“By week three, I was settling down and the drive was bearable and there were moments of joy as day-by-day, me and Ruby, along with navigator Kelly Whitton, slowly crept up the leader board. A week out from Paris, the drive became one of scheming, planning and tactics.
“Without doubt, crossing the finish line is always a thrill but to finish 1st in Class and 5th overall in the Vintageant category was undoubtedly the best ever.”
Peking to Paris 2019 – Itinerary
|5||Thursday||06/06/2019||Rest Day – Ulaanbaatar||0|
|6||Friday||07/06/2019||Ulaanbaatar||Unitiin Brigada Campsite||457|
|7||Saturday||08/06/2019||Unitiin Brigada Campsite||Tsagaan-Uul Campsite||381|
|8||Sunday||09/06/2019||Tsagaan-Uul Campsite||Undurkhangai Campsite||341|
|9||Monday||10/06/2019||Undurkhangai Campsite||Achit Lake Campsite||449|
|10||Tuesday||11/06/2019||Russia||Achit Lake Campsite||Kochevnik Campsite||371|
|14||Saturday||15/06/2019||Rest Day – Novosibirsk||0|
|21||Saturday||22/06/2019||Rest Day – Ufa||0|
|26||Thursday||27/06/2019||Rest Day – St Petersburg||0|