#SubaruOfftrax – Blimey! We’re finally over the pond
After months of planning and online countdown timers the five of us have arrived in the UK. With each of us on different flights, coming in on separate dates, from different locations in Canada and the US, we’ve made it to the first of 32 countries.
We were also fortunate enough to meet with Joanna from Charity Rallies (http://www.charityrallies.org
While in Bournemouth, Elly & Michael found accommodation at Darren’s, out by Bournemouth University, a brilliant man, who has Blitz Disco. He was a most generous host and Andy crashed at Nic’s. Upon arrival the Legacy Outback purchased on eBay a month ago looked great, however, the brakes were nearly nonexistent . Luckily by putting in all new brakes, it made the world of difference. The new tires sponsored by Nokian are awesome!!! and will withstand the “stan” countries. In their down time, they managed to tour the area checking out the Jurassic Coast which runs for 100 miles along the coast, featuring deep emerald greens to the deepest azul blues of the ocean. And for the hell of it a quick jaunt into Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, a world of monkeys, all rescued from various beach resorts where they were used for tourist entertainment.
The entire team came together soon in Bournemouth. Over a weekend we installed our PIAA lights, had the best meals yet, courtesy of Ollie, our new friend from London, inaugurated the cars with a pouring of champagne, learned about British gambling thanks to some down time at a local William Hill where Jess bet on Holland coming in third at the World Cup and won 5.62 pounds!! Well done.
Before heading back to the city and into our GoWithOh apartment we made a quick side trip to Brighton for the day to see what it was about; gorgeous pier and pebble beach. Worth the detour indeed!
With just a few more days till we set off on the adventure of a lifetime, we’re making final last minute vehicle adjustments, photos shoots, discovering our new neighbourhood of Hammersmith and trying our best to at least start the rally organized and with a feeling of preparedness. Though we all know, one is never prepared enough for what lies ahead.