31 July. France. Paris. Ending of The Raid

At this day we’ve got a lot of driving through the freeways. It is really different from the Finnland forests and the Norway fjords. At last we have reached the Paris. The semifinal has happened on the Nation Square, near that beautiful house. The pétanque players didn’t notice us and the life in city is still as usual.

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This is the Desmond Whitechurch, 81 years old. He is the eldest raider, who has reached the finish. He is a very charming man. The age is not an obstacle for journey.

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Desmond has quitted his car. It is Honda Accord Aerodeck 1988. This is the old school – it didn’t receive any wreckage through entire tour. The name of the car and the mileage in 20 years are with it.

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And this is our beauty Simon. She is living in Pou the department of East Pyrenees. She is writing verses and music, singing and playing on the piano. She is 69 years old.

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This is okay that locals are interested in raid.

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And this is the eldest player, who was unable to overcome the entire journey.

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Praise the God because everyone is alive. We have only the a few dents and a broken side glass.

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At this photo are Sasha and Oksana with the Julian PIGNOL, who has actually will the first place in the final standings (a little bit to far).

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When come the time for the last ride, we have revealed that Simon’s accumulator is dead. But the others have given her the hand of the help. We are united as crew.

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The cavalcade has moved to the Vencenic castle. There is a BMV which looks like it was taken from the garbage den. The 10 kilometers road was hell of a ride for them, but they made it!!!

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Near the finish we are shooting everything. Alan is putting the Swedish flag, The BMW is blanking with blanker. The emotions are raging.

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The column is on the finishing route.

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The cars are parking. This is the same place where we have started 30 days before.

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In forward are Claude, Alan and Simon.

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The Prius is really proud of himself.

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The raiders are meeting with their families.

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The mood is high.

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Everybody are take their positions. The weather is warm. The rain has stopped.

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The last formalities are on the way.

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The next was the award of the winners and the show of the best photos. We have received the second place and we were the first Ukrainian crew in 15 years since the raid born.
Here it is, the tale about the journey has ended. More photos you can see in my gallery Google Picasa.

http://picasaweb.google.com/107426950990977453820/ParisCapNord?authkey=Gv1sRgCNXBpZfcnMm2Vg

Here is the collection of the raiders, who has divided our goods and bads :). The main attention is in the start and the finish. Here is a photo in which I have used in preparations of this “daily” posts.

http://picasaweb.google.com/107426950990977453820/ParisCapNord_Presentation_2

Here is a list of the crews on the official web-site – it is also got the photos of the players.

http://www.pariscapnord-live.com/equipages.php?typeid=aaa&page=EQUIPAGES&lang=en&codej=anglais&time=20110101040232

Fin.

End of the tale. If you have questions – don’t hesitate to ask.

Table of Contents: Raid Paris – North Cape 2010 Daily Reports

  1. 3 July. Paris. The beginning of The Raid
  2. 3 July. The beginning of The Raid. Part Two
  3. 4 July. Denmark. Copenhagen
  4. 4 July. Denmark. Ferry on Svedish side
  5. 5 July. Sveden. Hamlet and the people
  6. 6 July. Sveden. Stockholm
  7. 6 July. Scansen
  8. 7 July. Helsinki
  9. 8 July. One hundred thousand of lakes
  10. 9 July. Finnish lifestyle
  11. 10 July. Finland. Passing the night on nature
  12. 11 July. Silent people
  13. 11 July. Rukka resort
  14. 12 July. Trip through the natural reserve
  15. 13 July. Finland
  16. 14 July. Finland. Further to the North
  17. 15 July. Norway. Hemningberg
  18. 16 July. On the place. North Cape
  19. 16 July. Mageroya
  20. 17-18 July. Trip to the Soroya Island
  21. 19-20 July. Tromso
  22. 21 July. Lofoten Islands
  23. 22-23 July. Norway. Hobbits and foxes
  24. 24-25 July. Sveden. Deers and camping
  25. 26 July. Norway. Trondheim
  26. 27 July. Norway. Trollstigen
  27. 28 July. Norway. Bergen
  28. 29 July. Return
  29. 30 July. Holland
  30. 31 July. France. Ending of The Raid
  31. Paris – North Cape 2010. Results
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