|Fresh gravel in Tama County pre-TIV7|
Oh, and speaking of "extra pressure", that happened in another way. All Spring I was trying to see if I could get an advance copy of the cue sheets to review. Oddly enough, I hadn't heard from David since around Christmas time. Time went on and communication was sparse to non-existent. What I did not know at the time was that David's job was demanding a lot from him in terms of hours on the job. He simply could not spend any extra energy on something like a gravel road race. The thing was, at the time, I did not know anything about this.
|A Leaping deer seen on T.I.V7 recon|
|Reconning a bit of rail trail used in T.I.V7|
It's kind of an odd thing, having the asset of being able to look at "300 Miles Of Gravel" now, but all those shots of me sitting there with my orange cap on were all from this half hour to 45 minute interview I gave at the time. Everything was completely unrehearsed and straight off the top of my head. I guess it didn't come out too badly! Well, that was a one take deal that Jeff Frings seemed oddly, (at the time, so it seemed to me), rather pleased with. Then it was on to the Pre-Race Meat-Up, which was held once again at the Grinnell Steakhouse where we were to have the grill yer own style meal, then the meeting proper.
Basically, it was anew course with everything about the set up in Grinnell being the same except the finish line. It didn't work out to get the barn again, because in an epic oversight of mine, I picked Easter weekend to have Trans Iowa v7 on. The family who own the barn and the land were going to be gone, and they weren't about to allow some vagabonds access if they weren't going to be there. Can't say as I hardly blame them!
Next: A big snafu early on......