|Chasing the first sunrise of T.I.V5 (Image courtesy of Cornbread)|
I reached the intersection and David realized at that point that all his recon of the area had been done in the daylight, which made it obvious that you made a quick left and then a right to continue onward, but in the dark, you couldn't see that! Fortunately, due to our T.I.v4 experiences, I had copious amounts of rerouting materials onboard the Dirty Blue Box. We sprang into action, David marked the road with red duct tape arrows as I made some lathe board flagging. But where the heck is the hammer?!! Then I realized I loaned the hammer to the Checkpoint #1 crew to set up some banners and what not. So, I used the T.I.v5 limestone block trophy to hammer the boards into the ground with!
We no sooner got the flagging and marking done when David exclaimed, "Here they come!", and I saw a stream of LED lights zooming toward us at a fast pace. We dove into the Honda and zipped down the road. A quick calculation showed that maybe the riders would arrive before the checkpoint was ready! Oh oh! We made good time to Washington and arrived early, just in case. We found some checkpoint folks already there, so we debriefed them on what we were expecting and they got things in order just in case riders should appear sooner than later.
|The leaders arrive at CP #1: (Image courtesy of K Stuedel)|
David and I watched until we were satisfied all was going to be well, then we leap frogged the leaders just outside of Washington as we headed for the next significant city on the route, which was North English. On the way we had some fun on B Roads and navigating our way to North English. Our mood was light and we were enjoying a day out in the country. Soon we were getting closer to North English and a stop at the convenience store was plotted as we figured this would be where the leaders would stop before continuing onward. We figured this would happen since our new "short" lead out to CP #1 would leave the course resupply chances uncertain for the riders afterward. David and I pulled in and got a few items to munch on and drink as we awaited the signs of the first riders in to the rural oasis.
Next Week: A banana disappears in one bite!