May 13: Mother’s day driving from Memphis to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This was a great drive and a special one for us since we met with CD White, a reporter in Eureka Springs. She is writing several different articles on the back roads of Carroll county and will also be reviewing our book.
Today we had two time trials. Ed drove well and made our time. The speeds have been reduced and now we really have a chance to score on these regularities. You have to drive the specified distance and come in to the time control on the second. Every second off is a penalty. The first time we drove one of these, the speed was so high that we had no chance of competing on this part of the rally, now we do. It’s fun when you stand a chance.
OK, that was the good part, the bad part? Another accident. No one hurt this time, but serious damage to a beautiful Jaguar E-type, 1970. We think they will run tomorrow, the damage seems to be to the body only. We will see. I think we have another car out as well. At least for the rest of this day. It was the 1972 Porsche 911 ST. Don’t know their problem, but they had to be pushed off the start line at the time trial this afternoon. Cars have sure had their problems on this rally.
Tonight we are 1905 Basin Park Hotel hotel in the quaint town of Eureka Springs. No chain restaurants are allowed here! I wish we had more time to explore and photograph but we must be back on the road tomorrow. It will be a very long 500 mile day to Dodge City, Kansas. We were there last year on the World Race 2011, even stayed in the same hotel.
On the road to Alaska,