Day 25: Kiev ( rest day )

As the competitors under the age of 40 decided to get a taste of Kiev nightlife, Noele got back to the room at the same time as Mario’s alarm clock went off to wake up.
As the problem of not being able to access first, second or reverse gear was not fixed last night, Mario started to work on it this morning. With the help of three of the mechanics the problem could be solved far quicker than if Mario had been working alone. Dropping the gear box revealed that part of a broken plate from the gearbox support had become trapped in the gear linkage.
By 10:00 everything was finished and so we were able to explore Kiev, the first time that we could together see more than the garage on the rest day.
Taking the vernacular to the old part of town we decided to have a walk around. Kiev is extremely beautiful, filled with cobblestone streets and many historic buildings. We climbed one of the bell towers in order to get a view over the whole of the old part of the city. From the top we saw the golden domes of two other churches that we decided to later also have a look at.
The rally marshals had organized an optional bike tour that left our hotel early in the afternoon. We later discovered that the navigator of one of the cars managed to get himself completely lost and his bike stolen whilst on the tour!

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