Saturday, April 18, 2009

We made it!!!

We are all here. We got in to the hotel last night at about 1:30 AM PST. When we awoke the truck and trailer had arrived.

Today was recce. During recce all of the competitors have a chance to see and review the stages once. The day started with the stages south of Aberdeen. It was raining hard at times, but the stages looked amazing. The forest here is still very green. Most of the trees here are just starting to get leaves, but the various bushes, ferns and pine trees make the area beautiful. I am really looking forward to running these stages on Sunday.

In the afternoon the sun came out and we headed North. These stages were very different. They featured fast roads that were rough, and some sticky chicanes. These stages were very close to the coast and one of the stages actually over looked the pacific ocean.

When we were all done for the day we went to the beach... Actually we found a beach access road that allowed us to drive right on the beach. There was probably 150 yards of exposed tidal beach that we got to drive on with our rental cars. We exercised the handbrake and did a few doughnuts in the sand, and then drove our through the water and waves just like they do in the car commercial. I always think "if the rental company only knew...?"

Tomorrow is day one of racing. The car is ready, and all I need is a good nights rest. With that, good night!