9. July 2000, Newark to Marrakech
Where is day 70? A good question for which I have only one complicated answer. The reader of this website might be aware that Phileas Fogg, when he crossed the international date line somewhere on the Pacific, did not actually account for that in his calculations. He then made the mistake of arriving in London one day early while thinking that he arrived on the day and therefore too late for his bet. It made the story more thrilling at the end but it is actually quite easy to get confused about this. While the rally organization, keeping the habit, had accounted for an extra day (just like Phileas Fogg) crossing the Pacific, our time cards, the piece of paper where we get all the stamps to prove we have driven the route, accounts for an extra day flying over the Atlantic. I am not quite sure why and I only noticed recently but I hope that the reader is not too concerned with this and I will continue with the date-keeping adopted by the rally officials - In other words there is no day 70. Today we have day 71.
Overall 1 hour 47 minutes penalty