Monthly Archives: June 2014

Eight Days Endured & Almost Done

Eight Days Endured & Almost Done

Today’s start was an early one for us. The official start time was at 7:00 and we were placed 47 meaning out start time was at 7:47. We were used to sleeping in a little bit. We made it in time though, strolling along to the start line, and surprised to see so many other cars this early there as well.

The crowded start was a little bit more crowded than usual. It seems as though everyone wanted to get the early jump as well, because the start was packed. We chatted for a while, because we had over half an hour till we needed to be anywhere, again I am reminded of how friendly everyone is. At the start of the race Corky Coker, (who is the founder of Coker Tires as well as the guy in charge of the race, who is a huge fan of McPherson), said that all of us in the Great Race are a family, and it is evident. He is a wonderful spokesperson for classic cars and is a person worth meeting if given the opportunity,

DSCN1680Today’s race was another pretty smooth day, with no missing turns or huge mistakes. Everything went as it should have with the exception of a series of emergency vehicles, fire department, paramedics, & ambulances coming through at different times. As the last ambulance turned the corner, we could see our mark just past the turn. There was no way we could make up the time needed from the emergency vehicles, luckily if we were to write a discrepancy the mark could verify it, because we were right there pulled over.

DSCN1709Lunch today was in Savannah. Savannah itself, or at least the area we were in, was extremely beautiful. The section we were in was next to the Savannah River, surrounded by brick buildings, and cobblestone streets, with some trolley rails going through them. Aside from the beauty of the surrounding area we had a chance to meet up with yet another current McPherson student, Nick Foglietta. He has an internship outside of Atlanta, and drove a decent amount of time, to see us and hear what was happening thus far. Unfortunately we had to bounce pretty fast only having about half an hour there. It was good to see him though, and I hope the trip was worth it for him. It is so encouraging to see all of these students heading up and down the coast, to see how we are doing. That’s one of the things I personally love about my school. The support of past and current students is phenomenal! Thanks for stopping by Nick. Soon enough we departed and made out way towards our destination of Jacksonville.

DSCN1750The sights and sounds as we entered Jacksonville were quite memorable. Jacksonville is a pretty big town, so we began to experience a bunch of traffic, thinking to ourselves , “what a surprise”. Shortly thereafter we were engulfed for at least a mile long of droves and droves of people. For a whole mile, if not more, there were people and their cars lining the streets, as well as folks cruising the streets along with us. It was amazing to see all the car clubs come out as well as the excitement of the crowd. There was still a large amount of traffic though, so we were sitting still for a while. Eliza didn’t like that too much. We had some heating up and some vapor lock occurring. So we pulled over and cooled down for a little bit. Jake took a cold wet cloth, which we had all been given a few minutes before, and applied it to the fuel lines around the fuel filter. After a few minutes she cooled off enough and was working fine. Guess she didn’t like not getting her own damp towel. We were able to make it to the finish line after that with no issues.

DSCN1760At the end of the day, we were all exhausted. With the late nights, early morning, humidity,& heat we were all feeling pretty tuckered as everything wound down. During one transition point we were all starting to doze out a little, except Tony, (whom was driving at the time), though he was starting to feel it as well. After parking the Fairlane we headed off and had a relaxing dinner, and then went to our fancy hotel. The place has 19 floors! The pool is on the 19th floor, how weird is that? We are relaxed and waiting to get some rest. Tomorrow is an early morning as well. Start time is once again 7:00, this time we are number 27. Meaning that we are leaving at 7:27, getting our directions at 6:57, but it is the last day.

We got our results for the day and are feeling pretty good going into tomorrow. Our grand total for the day was 00:35:53. The legs were going well, except for one 15 second leg, which is somewhat of a mystery, the discrepancy we turned in brought one leg down to two seconds, which was great. We are currently in 40th place overall and have a grand total time of 4:43.31. Our main competitor in the X-Cup class, Ponca City, didn’t have too hot of a day, achieving a stage result of 2:12.06, bringing them down to 49th place, with a grand total time of 6:21.30. We are feeling pretty good right now, but will be very cautious, because anything can still happen. The end of the race is finally here though. We will end up in the Villages tomorrow and will be flying out Monday. It’s been an amazing road trip so far, and I think we will finish strong.

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Day Seven; Ships, Showers, & Seconds

Day Seven; Ships, Showers, & Seconds

Today tops all for the destination thus far but first I need to start off at the beginning.

DSCN1468Jake & Tony woke up early this morning to go get some Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, because there are only three locations in Kansas, none of which are close. After that we munched on them (ok devoured), got directions and headed to the starting line. We got a couple of fashionable Krispy Kreme hats. One was attached to our radio antenna, which flew off within four seconds, as Austin predicted, and Austin donned the other making for an entertaining ride.

We stated off the day fine, though it was still very humid, and nat infested. Once we DSCN1446started we immediately hit scenic area going right along the coast, it was also extremely bumpy. To our left was the ocean; to our right was a green algae covered river. I was joking about seeing gators in there, but as we turned a corner, sure enough, we spotted a little guy just sitting in the water not 30 feet from the road. Different type of wildlife than I am used to. The only gators I saw in California were at the zoo.

Everything was smooth sailing until we hit lunch. We had lunch in Myrtle Beach; unfortunately we didn’t really see any of it. There was horrendous traffic heading to the lunch stop, delaying us by quite a bit. We were advised to make our lunch stop as quickly as possible, and leave twenty minutes earlier. Because the heavy traffic we had coming in would be what could expect going out. We pulled up, met the friendly people, grabbed our box lunch, scarfed it down, and were on the road in roughly ten minutes. It was probably the shortest lunch break we had yet. We were very disappointed that we couldn’t stay longer. We always appreciate the hard work everyone puts in to provide good food for us.

DSCN1502After our quick getaway to the starting line we had a good twenty minutes of just sitting around. So did everyone else though. Everyone got out of their cars, and began chatting in the shade. It was really nice because even though this is a competition ,at the end of the day we are all here to get these classics on the road, travel the country ,& meet other people just like us.

Our only issue we had for the day was that we had one racer that really creeped on us. Close enough in fact that we were slightly worried that if we would stab the breaks to slow down that he might hit us if we were not careful. Luckily nothing like that happened. Before that though we took a corner real hard and heard something strange. We looked back to see what it was, a hubcap. We saw it just spin and take a right hand turn into the bushes. We were doing very well, so as we saw it travel far into the brush, we made a quick decision to continue on. Tony later spotted another vintage hubcap to another racer’s car in a field, obviously it was a hard day on hubcaps.

DSCN1538We pulled into Charleston for our stop for the night. These were some of the most polite people I have met so far. There was a car show going on, and we were incorporated into it as well. We met up with Mrs. Gutierrez and her kids again, and all headed to the USS Yorktown, which was right behind the car show. We pretty much had the aircraft carrier to ourselves. Dinner was in the hangar bay, where they gave a presentation to one of the members of the DSCN1578 (2)great race. He has been with the great race for over twenty years, and actually served on the USS Yorktown for 4 years. After dinner and the presentation we were allowed to freely tour the ship, which was pretty nifty. To put it short and simple a tall guy such as myself, 6’6”, could not have served on the ship. Everything was so crammed that I almost hit my head on everything.
As we were leaving the ship a storm blew in and a tremendous amount if rain began to fall. We ran from the ship and piled into Eliza and took off. As soon as we got to our hotel for the night we had to scurry like drowning rats to grab our stuff out of the trunk and get into a dry area.

As a whole today went well. Nothing bad really happened, no turns missed and the like. Our times were pretty good, except for a mysterious 24 seconds on one of the legs, which we are still trying to figure out. We are currently in 39th place and 1st in the division still. Ponca City is in 40th place and only two seconds behind us. Yikes! With only two more days of racing we hope we can keep the spot, but it looks like it will be a close race.

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Day 6, Swerving to success in the South

Day 6, Swerving to success in the South

Today was another good day for us; maybe we’ve finally got the hang of this Great Race thing.

Today the Great Race decided to throw us for a loop again, quite literally. After leaving the starting line we proceeded to go in a circle. They had to figure a way to keep us busy, because it is only 100 miles from New Bern to Wilmington, if one was to take the highways.

DSCN1309The first thing we noticed about today was how humid it was. It was evident that we are definitely going south.  It was  also much warmer than previous days. I have to say that the Fairlane is well ventilated, when driving. The wind wings fairly useless, but with the windows down and the floor vents open it isn’t too bad. Today’s course did involve repeating the same roads a couple of times and seeing racers from all starting positions intertwine and go past each other in different directions was pretty amusing . It seemed as though we were set to intentionally mess each other up, almost as if someone was off course this carefully orchestrated dance could be jammed up. I don’t know about the other racers, but we didn’t have any traffic jams or proximity issues, luckily we were able to get past the tractors today.

DSCN1296Lunch today was in Clinton, North Carolina. The first thing we observed, aside from all of the resident’s cars, was a giant shopping cart in front of us. I literally mean a giant shopping cart. In the under section of the cart, there appeared to be a complete chassis. It was agreed that it would be fun to drive if possible. It was probably the best lunch stop we have had so far. Barbeque Pork & Chicken, some good Mac & Cheese, Blueberry Cobbler, and some Sweet Tea! After enjoying our wonderful lunch we headed back onto the course. I think Eliza actually sat a litle lower when we all got in.

We also saw the media crew a few times today, where they were able to get some good pictures of us. They were positioned at the corners, which you need to traverse one of two ways. The first way is going slowly and calculating how much time you need to make up. The other is to take the corner at what speed they tell you. We prefer the latter, not only do you have to calculate less, but it is a lot more fun to be in , especially with the large amount of body roll in our land yacht. Anyway, we tend to have a lot of these corners taken at anywhere from 15 to 40 mph. I am glad that we don’t have a hardtop. Whoever is sitting in the back seat tends to grab the post and hold on tight, because there is not much else to grab a hold of. The media crew got a shot of this in action, because we have all wanted to see this from an outside perspective.

Eventually we were off the clock for the day and made our way to the finish line. As soon as DSCN1318we entered the city of Wilmington the rain started to come down. The rain was fairly heavy but we were glad to see Motormouth standing in the rain still announcing us as we came in. We parked the car and then happened to meet a McPherson Alumni from the class of 85, Mr. Kevin Long, by pure chance. Mr. Long attended McPherson College for the automotive program, back when it was still a two year program. It was interesting that we just happened to meet a McPherson graduate in Wilmington; the best part is that he was on vacation and just happened to be here. He and his wife live in Wisconsin. After discussing how the program has changed, the race thus far, and the car, we parted company.

The results for today were very good. No we did not get any aces, but we had a grand total for the day of 36 seconds. As a team we were thoroughly impressed, because this was stretched across eight sections.  We have been bumped up to 41st place and are still holding first place in the X-Cup. Ponca City is in 44th place and a total of 21 seconds behind us.  It looks like we’ve gotten the idea down so far. We can only hope that we can hold steady.

This picture is taken from the official Great Race Blog. If you want to see some other neat pictures from the day take this link. http://www.greatrace.com/news/day-6-hot-heat-a-little-bit-of-rain-and-a-tricky-route.html#more-6174

This picture is taken from the official Great Race Blog. If you want to see some other neat pictures from the day take this link. http://www.greatrace.com/news/day-6-hot-heat-a-little-bit-of-rain-and-a-tricky-route.html#more-6174

 

Day 5: An ACE in the hole!

Day 5: An ACE in the hole!

Today was a good day for us. There’s a reason the title is ACE in the hole.

DSCN1176We began the morning with the usual drill of getting directions and heading off to the starting line. Today’s starting line was in a residential neighborhood, and everyone was fairly close together. We were somewhat worried about our leave time, because a crane was supposed to show up at any minute and scare us all away. Another funny part was we thought that we had 6 minutes till start, so we casually got in the car and as we were about ready to go, all of a sudden Austin says , “GO GO!” We were at first puzzled what he meant, turns out we had a little more than thirty seconds until we had to start. We made it with a couple seconds to spare, and then we were off and running.

Within a few turns a large tractor was blocking the road, taking up almost the entire DSCN1192highway , which caused not only us, but many other racers to lose time. Luckily, we were able to make up most of the time. I say most because all of a sudden with little warning we were upon a mark. Oh well. So we continued onward. The course was set up in a funny way, because we looped back twice. One of which was going the opposite direction we had just been. On our third leg we got stuck behind a load of traffic, a combine, and some construction work.  Boy it was farmer’s day, because we saw all sorts of large farm equipment on the road. We DSCN1221were not able to make up all the time again, so it was decided that we needed to use a discrepancy sheet. What a discrepancy sheet does is if there is something out of your control, such as a train being in front of you or something that you can’t make up the time for, you note it as a “discrepancy”.  We had originally said, in the beginning of the race, that we should not use discrepancy sheets. The reason being, because last years team was stuck and had tried to make up time. They did not have a clear idea of how much time they needed to make up, so they decided to use a discrepancy sheet. As they pulled up to the finish line to get there times, they saw that the person had an ACE sticker in their hand. They were all very excited as they turned in their sheet, and sure enough the guy at the station said that they had an ACE ,which is awarded for completing a leg with under one second of error…until they handed him the sheet.

WP_20140625_007The rest of the day was smooth sailing. Today’s lunch break was in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Again we had the wonderful community welcome, with the city police letting us in, and a crowd of people clapping as we paraded through the throngs of spectators. It was a nice town that was right next to the water, on the Pasquotank River. It was nice to talk to the other racers at lunch, because that is where we found out that we were not the only ones affected by all the obstacles of the day.

Soon enough we saddled up and went back to racing. We did not miss a single turn or DSCN1208direction the whole day, which is an accomplishment on its own. After enjoying the scenery we eventually made it into our finish town of New Bern, North Carolina. As we turned the corner to the finish line we saw Amanda Gutierrez, Vice President for the Automotive Restoration Program waving to us.

After we crossed the finish line we were handed our results. We had been anxiously awaiting this moment. Aside from the earlier mishap, we felt very good about what happened today. After turning in our discrepancy the staff person had to write on our sheet, to adjust the time. We saw the ACE sticker, and hoped that it would not be a repeat of last year. Luckily for us it was not. We received our first ACE sticker ever! Soon after we pulled into parking and proudly put that sticker on Eliza. We had been discussing that when we got an ACE sticker that we would have a celebratory steak dinner to celebrate. It just so happened that Mrs. Gutierrez already had a reservation at such a restaurant, before any of us knew about the ACE. The rest of the scores were great, aside from one leg, but everybody had issues on that one so we weren’t alone.

Here were our scores for the day.

First Leg 0:13

Second Leg 0:01

Third Leg 0:42

Fourth Leg 0:00 ACE!

Fifth Leg 0:02

Sixth Leg 0:05

Seventh Leg 0:06

It looks like we did pretty good. Our overall position has been bumped up to 44th place and we are currently leading in our division! Our closest competitor in our division, Ponca City, is in a close 46th place overall. The balance can still easily sway, so let’s hope we can hold our lead! It was a great day, and should only refine what we are doing right as the week progresses. Hopefully this will be the first of many more to come.

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Fourth Day and very much afloat

 Fourth Day and very much afloat

Today’s adventure was very much of an improvement from the other times, if you adjust one leg.

After awaking from our grandiose night at the casino we headed out for our fourth day of the race. For today we would once again start from Valley Forge and make our way to the starting line. Boy, I know I said it yesterday, but it is really nice to get your directions from the hotel you are staying at.

DSCN1059After receiving our route for the day we made our way to the start line. It took about an hour to get to our starting point today, across most of which was freeway. At first we were a little concerned about making the deadline, because there was some construction occurring, but we somehow managed to get through at just the right times, making it not too shabby. As we left, we found it odd that the Mustang in front of us had not left yet. They were supposed to leave a minute before us. We figured they may have missed their time and we should just go, which is not uncommon. Sure enough the Mustang left, about 10 seconds before we needed to leave. Fairly soon after we left we were neck and neck with the Mustang, and trying to pass it. It was stressful; because we were trying to pass where there was room for about 1 ½ cars, forcing us to be slightly on the side of the road as we passed. After enough games of tag, we were able to get a comfortable amount of space.

The directions were followed to the letter, (as we are always sure they are), but something was still off. Sure enough,DSCN1090 during our transition period we found out that we actually had left a minute too early. The clock was not synchronized correctly. The seconds were perfect with the race time, but one minute too fast. At that point we had to put it behind us and continue on. The miscalibration messed up our first leg, but wouldn’t affect us further until after lunch, where we would recalibrate.

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Lunch today was definitely more welcoming. As we approached the host city there were police officers to guide us and stopping traffic so we could go through stop signs, traffic lights, and the such. We definitely had a first class entrance. As we turned the final corner there was a line of classics on either side of us. We were paraded and cheered as we came into our parking area. Today’s lunch was hosted in Millsboro, Delaware, more specifically in their community center. We were warmly welcomed, and glad to have the community feeling back again.

WP_20140624_009Shortly thereafter we were back on the road again and properly calculated this time. From here on out we were doing very well. There was only one almost hiccup, which was towards the end of the last leg. We slowly crept up, though not our fault, on a pack of four racers all within 30 seconds or less of each other. Remember, everyone should be exactly one minute from each other and if ever seen should be in the distance, not bumper to bumper together at a traffic stop. Our worries increased as we neared, but somehow everything managed to flow perfectly for us. When we got close enough to the pack they were able to proceed past the stop sign, giving us more time. We got awfully close to one car but never got close enough to pass. Phew!

DSCN1116Perhaps the niftiest part of today was when we finished the race and were heading to our final destination of Portsmouth, Virginia. We took the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which spans across the nearly 5 miles of the Chesapeake Bay, who’d a thunk. As we began to traverse this massive bridge we were astounded by two things. The first, being the sheer length of it. We couldn’t see land on the other side! Second, was marveling at the pure engineering feat of building this. It only increased as we proceeded. After sauntering along the endless bridge, we suddenly went under the bay. Literally under the bay. As we were driving along the road slowly curved into a tunnel. This was done to allow ships to travel above. To think that this was completed in 1952 is amazing.

Eventually we made it all the way to the final area, and snagged a quick dinner. Considering our first leg, this is actually pretty good. Our times for the day were

First Leg 0:56 Early

Second Leg 0:03 Early

Third Leg 0:08 Late

Fourth Leg 0:08 Late

With our factor and penalty, for having more than two people in the vehicle, we ended up with a grand total of 1:14.80. If you subtracted 1 minute from our first time, where we should have been, we would have been  four seconds late, which would have been great for our score. Where does this put us? We are 54th overall and third place in the X-Cup. The second place X-Cup Team is in 53rd overall, and the 1st place X-Cup team is 50th overall. We are still neck and neck! Any one day can change the placement. Hopefully for us that day is tomorrow.WP_20140624_015 (3)

 

 

 

Third day “Forging Ahead”.

Third day “Forging Ahead”.

Today was a pretty good day for us, a great improvement at least.

We started out by grabbing today’s directions from our hotel. This was a nice change not having to figure out how to get to another hotel in order to get our route for today’s race course. After grabbing our directions we piled in and made way towards the start line.

DSCN0975Soon enough we were off to begin another day, hopefully a little better than the day before. This time around we got into a system so that everyone was involved, we definitely became more efficient. Obviously there were the drivers and navigators, but the other two would be either looking out for landmarks for directions, or tapping the driver’s should left or right to signal which way they should go. This was very helpful, because the navigator can focus more on the directions as well as alerting the driver to what is ahead, i.e. going downhill, uphill, veering left or right. This is a huge benefit because the driver is doing their best to balance between looking at the road or the speedometer, which usually makes neither one quite as good as it should be. The driver could focus more on the speedo, and if they started to veer too much to either side of us, whoever was sitting behind him, would tap his shoulder on whatever side he needed to go towards.

DSCN0998Lunch today was a little different than what we had experienced. Today we had lunch at East Stroudsburg University, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. We were very tight on the clock, because of a decent sized transfer time between points. Instead of being in the middle of town, with a big town welcome and such we had lunch at the college. The food was fine and their dining area was much larger than what we had at McPherson. It wasn’t bad, it just didn’t have that community feeling of previous towns. After scarfing down lunch we headed out. Anyone notice how often I mention food? That’s very important to 4 guys stuck in a car all day. not only are the stops welcome spots to stretch out, we get pretty hungry!

DSCN1001Today was fairly smooth, aside from a missed turn & speed change.  The missed turn happened on our third leg in which we were off by about two minutes, and were trying to figure out exactly where we should be. Eventually we just started following the Jaguar that was supposed to be behind us. It was a complete accident that they were ahead and just driving to try and find their place. Unfortunately for them we were behind so they were in the same boat. Eventually we just said to heck with it! We drove up to the Bentley that was supposed to be a minute in front of us timed it nearly a minute in front putting us , in theory if they are doing everything right, in the right place.

Luckily not long after we got everything situated we got our mark. From there everything was a clean slate. Unfortunately we were so happy about our mark and writing down the time we passed, and such, that we did not notice the sign that immediately followed it, in which we were supposed to have a speed change. That actually became our worst time for the day.

DSCN1032The highlight of today though was when we were off the clock and drove through Valley Forge National Park, where the Continental Army stayed from 1777-1778. The land looked completely untouched. Along the roads around the park were all sorts of commemorative statues, cannons, shacks that looked like they were from the 18th century, as well as all sorts of historical stuff to see. Of course the best part was the caravan of vintage cars driving through. I would love to come back at some point and walk around to see the entire area.

After our scenic drive we continued to the Valley Forge Casino Resort, where we are currently staying for the night. I had never been to a Casino and it is a different experience, for sure.

Today was pretty good, score wise. Three of our four sections were pretty good. Our best score was three seconds early, which was the leg that we were most lost at. Our worst score was 0:51 seconds late, which was due to that one missed because of its placement immediately after the mark. It shows that we are getting really close, just a little more honing.

Tomorrow onward to Portsmouth, Virginia.

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The second day of dancing; with a few stumbled steps

The second day of dancing; with a few stumbled steps

Today marked the second day of the competition, which started out somewhat rough.

Soon after we left the hotel our car started backfiring, stuttering, and not accelerating. All of which was not the way we wanted to start the day. All of which seemed to be when we were either changing speeds or going over 55mph. We limped to the hotel where we could pick up our directions and devised a game plan on what to do.

When we go to the hotel it was decided that Jake & Tony would replace the points & condenser while Austin & I went to receive our course instructions for the day at WP_20140622_004our scheduled time half an hour before we were to leave. Soon after, Jake & Tony finished up on the Fairlane and we headed off, with not much improvement. After navigating to near the start line, we pulled off and were going to replace the spark plugs, but had misplaced the needed socket. After finding the proper tools and eventually replacing these, which didn’t look too bad, we were back on the road and heading to the starting point. Unfortunately we were still chugging, but the situation had improved slightly. We pulled off into parking lot where everyone else was gathering, not but 100 yards from the start and decided to rapidly replace the coil. Luckily we had all of these parts lying in the trunk for situations like these.

After that we jumped in the car and started up, and she was running like a champ again. Unfortunately we were at half a tank and four minutes till we had to start. The gauge had been finicky yesterday, so we were not sure how much gas we really had and were praying that it would last until the first transition period to fill up. However, time was up and we were off.

DSCN0823Navigation went fairly well for most of the time; we did miss one turn and had to double back. We recovered time by thoroughly testing out the Fairlane at high speeds, passing not one, but two racers to get back into our spot. This technique is called hacking, in which you gauge where you are supposed to be by looking at who is supposed to be in front of and behind you. This worked out fine, because a Cadillac was close on our tail for the longest time, so we merely jumped in front of them.

WP_20140622_010From there till lunch we had some smooth sailing. The scenery was extremely beautiful and heavily wooded. Too bad for Tony, he couldn’t appreciate much of it, as he had to look at the speedometer and the road the whole time. Eventually we weaved our way to Benngington, Vermont where we had lunch. Luckily our gas held up. I am always impressed at how the town gets involved. We had lunch inside the fire department’s building and occupying the nearby parking lot with all the racers. Droves of people were there to cheer us on and see what was happening, matched with dedicated volunteers at each town to help out as well.

DSCN0884After eating lunch we followed the directions, which led us by Hemmings Motor News Headquarters, in Bennington, as well as the full service gas station next door. There was a museum that was available to go through, but many of the racers, including ourselves, wanted to get close to the start line, and not risk leaving late.

From that starting point to the end of the race we had fairly smooth sailing again, except one more missed turn. This one however we made up a little more gradually. We enjoyed our long cruises that involved fewer starts and stops and more of just turns and straightaways. It was a time where we could relax a little and enjoy. Eventually we made it to Poughkeepsie, New York after an unusual turn of being on a local interstate, while still on the clock.

DSCN0906We made it through Poughkeepsie and to the parking area, next to the Hudson River, where we met up with Brian Martin, again, and another of the students from the college, Matt Lynch. As soon as we got out of the car we were swarmed by three groups of people. Two were Great Race related, merely wanting to talk and film, asking us how things were so far. The other was filming a car culture documentary for National DSCN0926Geographic and wanted to ask us about the school, our passion for cars, and The Great Race. After all of which Brian took us out to dinner to discuss our scores. We had slightly disappointing scores for the day, but oh well there is always tomorrow. We linked it to reading some wrong signs, because there were other racers, whom had almost identical times in those legs as well. The others were thought to be due to the missed turns.

We traveled through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and finally ending up in New York. All of which were beautiful in their own regards. Our road trip continues, and hopefully we have found the last kinks in our system.

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