Most of the crews enjoyed the comfort of the Shangri-La Lhasa’s king-size beds and had a little extra time in bed this morning before heading to the epic buffet breakfast to set them up for the day.
Even though these next two days are for relaxing and resting in preparation of what’s to come, there are still chores to be done. For most it was laundry, sorting out bags and most importantly sorting out the cars.
Out on the hotel forecourt, where the cars are parked pride of place, there was still some spannering to do ranging from basic checks and servicing to addressing those annoying noises that had crept up over the past seven days.
For Car 16, the Collins’ Jaguar Mk2 is was all about lightening the load and the inverter and cumbersome new jack were evacuated from the boot along with other items that were weighing down the car.
Ed Talbot of Car 11, the yellow Rolls Royce, was checking levels and pumping up tyres in the blazing sunshine. Fellow competitor Fritz Kozka from Car 23, the Land Rover Defender, asked if he could borrow Ed’s compressor when we get to the campsite next week – to pump up his mattress!
Over at Car 21, the Camel Range Rover, Tim Wilkinson was trying to locate a suspected oil leak. Meanwhile co-driver Steph Duckworth was looking after in-car entertainment and making sure the Martini glasses were safe and ready to use in the coming week.
Car 2, David and Julia Little’s Bentley Super Sports went for a wash down, while Adrian Shooter of Car 24, another Defender, was mending his fixed tow bar just in case of any necessity, and Mark Robinson and Yvonne Fuller decluttered Car 10, the Rolls Royce.
Others went to stock up at local supermarket with snacks ready for phase two of this incredible adventure and get other essentials. The hot weather is unusual for this time of year so some were after more t-shirts while others were still concerned about cold weather clothing as we expect to see more snow next week according to our advance team.
Advance recce team Simon Clooney and Mac Mackenney have joined us in Lhasa having been travelling the ‘off road’ section for the past week. They have seen what roads are accessible, scoped out campsites, and what the current weather conditions are.
We also welcome Dr. Richard Wain-Robson to the team. Having flown in from Christchurch, New Zealand, Dr. Rich will be supporting Dr. John in providing medical support and assistance.
Back to the rest day and this afternoon, crews boarded a coach to the Jokhang temple (Temple of the Lord), also known as the Qoikang Monastery, which is the spiritual heart of Lhasa.
Situated in the beautiful old town, it was filled to the brim with icons, incense smoke and people. It is home to the most revered icon in Tibet, the sacred image of Jowo Rinpoche, and it feels like being on a film set. It is recognized as part of the UNESCO world heritage site of the Potala Palace.
The crews joined the hundreds of Tibetans walking the Barkhor circuit around the temple, which goes clockwise and sees many other smaller temples as well as places to buy souvenirs, tea and traditional Tibetan clothing. A fabulous insight into old Tibet.
Tomorrow, there’s more sightseeing with a visit to the Potala Palace itself but for many it will be time to get packed up for Monday’s departure and the most intense part of the Trans-Himalayan Adventure…