Caucasian challenge. day 1

Trip Start Mar 28, 2011
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Trip End May 27, 2012


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Monday, August 15, 2011

After our 6am wakeup call we drove to Momento Park outside Budapest to meet the rest of the teams and the organisers, we arrived bang on the 7:30am call time and set to stickering up our car. We were each given our team number stickers, large door panel sized stickers to put on the sides of our car. of course the first one we done, i mucked up and it is full of air bubbles and ripples, the second side went on perfect! we slapped on a few more stickers and stood around waiting to find out what we were in for next.
We chatted briefly to a few other participants, the two guys who won last years Rickshaw competition in India, and the largest team in the rally, the band members of ‘the durgas’ an American rock group who were doing the trip as part of their band tour, along with the band members kids and mum. We also found out Miss Hungary and her runner up are meant to be on the trip too, although we haven’t seen them yet.
We mucked up the first hour of our drive because Will’s navigation told us to go on a particular highway, which was a toll road- which we hadn’t paid for in advance. If we had gotten caught it would have been a 300euro fine!
Once Rachel was back in the navigational position we were fine. never trust technology!
We drove down through Croatia, without much excitement, then about an hour before the Bosnian border, we drove past some of the other team members. The 4x4 was backed up to a ditch and they were draining the petrol out of it. Someone forgot to tell them they were driving a diesel engine. Haha. Really wouldnt have expected that from a car load of 4 guys!
The border to Bosnia was our hardest one yet.We entered behind The Durgas, which may have been a part of the problem, a band with a camera crew and support system certainly raises eyebrows. We were told we had to pay 20euros baksheesh, which of course Rachel refused to pay and instead jumped out of the car brandishing 10 euros and an old playboy magazine we found laying on the backseat of the car. It worked a treat and we were allowed to pass.
We drove into Sarejavo about 8pm, and circled the city looking for a room and a place to park the car. It was Monday night, we really didnt expect it to be busy, but it was insane! people were everywhere, it was busier than a friday night in London. While driving down a narrow laneway looking for an address of a hostel we had listed, Barry pulled over.A crazy woman in the car behind us started tooting and screaming at us, she drove right up to the back of our car honking. We pulled away to let her pass, and parked again on a wider street. while still reading the map, she came back up the road yelling and beeping her horn. We had no idea what her problem was, and neither did she. but she sure made a big deal about the bumper of her car (not a scratch on it mind you!) Rachel jumped out to deal with her and the lady shouted she was going to call the police. As soon as Rachel said “ok” the crazy lady jumped back in her car and drove off. Very strange.
We were unable to find a place to stay after 3 hours of driving around (a triple share room was our only option,uh, no thanks) we had to drive back out of the city and book rooms at a motel near a petrol station on the outskirts. We got cheap rooms, which included breakfast the next morning (bonus!) But after all that driving around we were shattered, and didnt make it back out into the city for drinks with the rest of the teams unfortunatly.
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