Dot Robinson Road Run / Parades
Trip Start Jun 29, 2010
29Trip End Jul 18, 2010
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It was late in the afternoon when the festivities were over, so we went back to the room to relax for a while and to get ready for dinner. Before leaving for dinner, I went to get a sweatshirt out of the car (it was going to get cold in the evening). I managed to lock the keys in the trunk, so I'm going to have to call AAA in the morning to get it opened!
Ty-- This was my first time running the road race. I am very excited that I did not come in last!!! I came in 19th in the B class (people that have not won a trophy in a previous road race.) Next year I will do better because I will know what to expect. The road race is kind of interesting. The idea behind it is that it provides the riders a way to see the local scenery. You go places in the local area that you would not normally go to on your own. It is always on the unbeaten path for safety reasons mostly. Here's how it works... everyone starts off with 1000 points. You are given a number. You leave off for the race based on the number you received. Number 1 left at 8am. Every number after her left in order one minute apart. In other words... number 2 left at 8:01, 3 at 8:02 and so forth. You are given a list of directions that include the mileage between stops, a right or left and the name of the road to turn on. Being unfamiliar with the area makes it very interesting if you happen to miss a turn. We know a few people that can tell you all about that.......... There are people along the route that are called checkers. They give you a piece of paper that tells the time that you checked in at their stop. the idea is that you are supposed to average 30 miles per hour
Joan -- I am very excited about the road race too... Not in the positive sense :) This is the first time in 11 conventions that I did not enjoy the Dot Robinson Road Run. I was sooooo challenged by being tired, no other Motor Maids on route, poor signage, and the instructions for turns were L R8 R L5 etc... now how would you interpret that as you're trying to match time and find your road names LOL I of course got very lost!!! At one point after getting back on track... or so I thought... I found a check point... only thing is .... I was approaching from the wrong direction! That's an automatic disqualification. I thought oh well... I'll just keep riding the run cause it's always great scenery. Oh boy... was I wrong to do that.... I go even more lost and ended up on a dirt road.
Fortunately there was a water tower I could see in the distance that I figured was the center of the town we were all meeting in. I was still on a dirt/gravel road and found my way to a paved road and kept pointing the bike in the direction of the tower. As I approached town, there was a guy with a girl on the back of his bike racing past me. I caught up to him at the edge of town, beeped my horn and he pulled over. I yelled "can you tell me where the fairgrounds are?" He said "do you want me to take you there?" I yelled back "YA!!!!!!!" and followed him to the Motor Maid fairground. I was sooo pissed at myself for getting lost I could hardly say anything. Well there has to be a first for everything... I came in LAST LOL