No one! It’s official. We had a conference call yesterday. I thought this was coming. The Asia/Europe legs will be a tour, not a rally. Competition driving, trivia questions and hide-and-seek are over. I am happy to do without the latter two. To put it politely, I am not youthful enough to take any interest in them. I know the Fireball Rally requires competitors to seek answers to questions along the route, but I have never participated in a rally that included this kind of thing.
The competition driving however, I will miss. We were doing well in that area, mostly because Stewball has proven to be so strong and reliable on the back-stretch and I enjoyed computing our average speed to make sure we got in on time each day. We only missed once and that was because of the snow-driven multi-car pile-up out of Denver. We did have the challenges of high winds, rain, sleet and stops for road work, but even then, we made it. Of course this meant no stops for lunch and timing our gas stops to minimize more lost time.
It would have been interesting to see what happened as hard-driving, bad roads and thousands of miles crossing Asia wore down the cars. Now we will only have bad roads and thousands of miles and no winner. The positive side is that we will enjoy the country side more in these many miles that we will never drive again.
always a positive side. I have become a Possibilitarian. It will actually be a lot more fun this way. And Doug Grimes, president of MIR corporation that has planned these two legs of our trip assures us that there will be plenty of “opportunities” for unplanned experiences anyway. Already we have learned of one. The ship bringing our cars into Beijing has been delayed 5 days. I like Doug’s attitude!
See you on the road to Paris,