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Day 12 and 13

After 200 km on wet dirt roads the clutch made noises, as well as the carburetor piston stuck every 2 hours. We desperately were looking forward to our service day in Novosibirsk.
The worst still had to come: 10 km before the arrival, the gear lever broke off. A disaster as it was already 7:00 p.m. and the sweep and repair team was still far away.
We were towed to the hotel parking and analysed the problem. Without professional welders no chance. In the meantime the sweep team arrived and William Medcalf, who prepared Green Eagle, consulted via phone.
At 9:30 p.m. raining cats and dogs, we were close to give up.
But!!!!! We want to drive to Paris!
The service team had to leave us, as the situation was hopeless.
And there he came: Vladimir the welder. Dressed in a stylish 10 year old Adidas training outfit he analyzed the problem with the help of Anastasia, a school girl translating. Michael Schmidt and I saw a small chance: Welding close to the gasoline line and a full night work with head lamps in the rain or the end of the journey.
To make it short: Vladimir the super welder made it. And we made a test at 3:00 a.m. in the morning. Green Eagle moved again only on 3 gears without reverse bringing us to the start line on day 13.
We are now 100 km away from Novosibirsk and will fix Green Eagle tomorrow with the help of William and spare parts he brings in tonight.
Our new motto: "We never give up"
We defended today successfully our position 1st in class and are very happy.
Paris we come !!!!

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Comment by Marco Smania |

Wow, that was really a tough day and a tough experience. I'm glad that in the end your team could fix the problem in the end.
Keep going! Paris is closer every day!
Good luck.

Comment by Stenzel, Hans-Otto |

Your leitmotiv "Never give up" is not new at all, it has led the way your whole life through.
In combination with luck it is the golden formula.
In very adverse circumstances in Siberia you only adapted it to "We never give up" and see:
It worked!
Stay on the winning track! Good luck!