We were blocked on two stages by a car that had gearbox problems and failed to yield as we came up to overtake, easy to do on tight and twisty mountain roads -- very unsporting and we are hoping the organizers take some action -- his blocking us for some 4-5 miles caused us to end that stage 21 seconds slower than 2010, so quite frustrating.
Then disaster struck! Leaving a toll booth on transit to Puebla the gearbox got stuck in First gear! But all the speed stages were done, all we had to do was drive 30 miles to the finish line in First! So we did, at 5000 to 6000 rpm, transmission leaving a trail of smoke, engine running at 260 degrees ... The longest 30 miles I can recall! But we did it! And ended up First overall! Our times through the stages were good enough for First, even with the blocking car who refused to let us by. We had a lead of nearly a minute, :58. It would easily have been a minute and a half and we not been blocked.
Oscar and Phil Denney, our mechanic, took out the damaged gearbox and put in another, new one. It took until 2:00am, so big pats on the back to them. They have a more difficult time than we do -- they need leave an hour before us in the morning, usually 7am, then work half the night on the car when we get to the end of the day. Then do it again and again, for seven days!
Sunday was a day of long drives on freeways to get around the giant Mexico City area, and a few speed stages ... What was memorable was driving at top speed and seeing a bunch of horses loitering on the road! We slowed a bit and they nicely moved. But it would not have been much fun hitting a 1000 pound horse at 130 mph! I do not know the results of Sunday but suspect we may still be First. The guy who blocked us, a semiprofessional rally driver, got his gearbox fixed and made a charge from behind and I suspect made up some time on us. Today we have the famous Mil Cumbres speed stages through the mountains above Morelia. These are very tight roads that are terrific stages, requiring 100% concentration and great handling from the car.