The speed of the crews was far slower this morning, and given they’d woken up in a royal palace who could blame them! Instead of the usual hurried breakfast, today it was a leisurely sit on the terrace taking full advantage of the extensive buffet table and hot food menu.
Some had plans of sightseeing, others had spa treatments, while some opted for sitting poolside and the novelty of being still for the day. For some, there was laundry and for our classic car owners, a bit of spannering.
Sweeps Dick and Mac headed out to the car park desperate to get some grease under their fingernails and they weren’t disappointed.
John and Ginny Horton’s 1988 Toyota Landcruiser (Car 15) had a new battery installed at the collection depot when it wasn’t firing but the new battery was still going flat over time. The boys decided to find out what was causing the batteries to go flat, and then isolate it from the wiring so It wouldn’t go flat again.
What started out as sorting the positioning of a trip meter on Michael and Frances Joseph’s 1956 Bristol 405 Drop Head (Car 5) turned into a bigger challenge. Whilst investigating, the sweeps found a bad leak in the steering box, which would have caused oil leaking onto the brakes. They sealed it up and cleaned up the leak so the Joseph’s are ready to get back on the road.
For good measure, the final job was a spanner check over Gerry and Joyce Acher’s 1031 Ford Model A Tourer (Car 1). After some of the road conditions, all was found to be present and correct ready for tomorrow’s restart.
Those venturing out went in the direction of the Mehrangarh Fort, considered one of finest in all India. This invincible stronghold of the Marwars sits on a steep hill lording over a wonderful view of its surroundings. Intricate latticed windows, elaborately carved panels and elegantly curved porches speak of beauty and taste. Here, the second largest cannon in Asia rests; the recoil of which requires an area as large as a football field!
An oasis in the arid Thar Desert, Jodhpur is also the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan. Called the Blue City due to the colour of the houses, Jodhpur has a history that is rich and a presence that beckons strongly to the discerning tourist so there were plenty of familiar faces to be found.
Tomorrow, our journey through Rajasthan continues as we head for Udaipur.