|Investigating Rock Creek State Park|
Friday afternoon the first order of business was to secure a spot to camp and get the Sierra Designs Lightning 2 tent set up for its first test in the field. The set up went super smooth and then it was off to watch the race. That went well, and then it was back to the park to sleep off the day's excitement. Then things took a dramatic turn toward being "unsmooth".
This happens in Iowa quite a bit in high Summer. It gets dead still, the air temperature remains high, and the humidity levels are ridiculous. Friday night was just such an evening to start out with. I have managed to be able to sleep in such conditions before, but it never is easy to fall asleep for me. Having "neighbors" at the campground that would rather stay up, chat loudly, and have an occasional outburst, matched up with another group with a barking dog, made for a sleepless beginning for me. My son? Of course, he fell asleep immediately!
|We were at the track early on Saturday.|
My son, however; doesn't care for storms and was wide awake, shivering and clutching me as the raging tempest continued for probably close to an hour before relenting. I thought we were in the clear when another, less severe rain came up with less lightning but more wind than before. This agitated my son for awhile longer, but eventually he fell back asleep. I was constantly checking radar, since I wasn't too keen on riding out a tornado or high winds in a two man tent. Things looked to clear up about 5:00am when I finally went to sleep for a bit. Well, that lasted until about 6:30am when my son insisted I awake to "get ready to go", since he was so excited to get on with things. Uggghhh!
Then I made a mistake. I reached into the vestibule area of the rain fly to grab a bag we had and as I jerked it inside I brought in about a quart of water with it that dumped all over the inside of the tent, creating a big mess. Double uggghh! Well, I kept my composure, since I was too groggy to be anything but zombie-like, and anyway, what could I do but get on with the clean up. That I did and we continued on with our plan.
Following are some selected images from the Indy race which was won by the Indy 500 champ, Ryan Hunter-Reay .....
|Weather threatened the start of the event, but despite a short rain delay after the race started, it was okay.|
|An early wreck sent debris flying in the air, much to my son's delight.|
|The impact of Juan Pablo Montoya's crash in Turn 4 was so loud it was scary. He walked away unharmed.|
And that was a nice break from the regular stuff. Now one week to go at work before RAGBRAI starts and two till GTDRI. It's gonna get busy!