Dot Robinson Road Run / Parades

Trip Start Jun 29, 2010
Trip End Jul 18, 2010

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Jamie--Today Ty and Joan had to leave early to sign up for a road race from Cody to Powell that lasted all morning.  I'll  leave the details about the race for Ty and Joan to tell.  I drove directly to the fairgrounds in Powell (finish site for the race / starting point for the parade).  The townspeople of Powell fed us lunch before we paraded through the town streets.  The parade was really impressive:  about 250 women of all ages in uniform riding a huge variety of bikes and trikes!!!  After the parade and lunch in Powell, everyone rode to Cody for a 2nd parade.  I rode sidecar during both parades, so I got to be a part of it after all! 
    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!!  I don't know why I put the keys in the trunk, but that's where they are.  So I better get some sleep and solve the problem early in the morning!!  Good night all!!!

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. You should arrive at the checker stations at a certain time based on that average. You lose points from your score if you are late or early to each checker station. the thing is, you don't know where on the route the checkers are. My score was a 981 which means I lost 19 points during the course of the race. I've been told that is a respectable score for a first timer. I enjoyed the race.

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
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Marcia on

Oh Jamie! I kinda found myself laughing when I read about your locking your keys in the trunk! I isn't funny. It's just another thing to add to the list.....I see what you are really doing is compiling some GREAT material for a novelty song!
Seriously though...I am SO glad you got to ride in the sidecar and participate in the parade! HUGS!! :) :)

kate on

Leaving for Calif in a few more hours, so don't know if or when I will get to see the blog again until I get back Tues nite... but we can stay in touch by phone.

It can only get better from here, right? :-)

Marcia on

Ty! I am impressed! Indeed that is a very respectable score! Sounds like fun!!

Barb Graham on

That was a great score, Ty! Proud on ya!
Jamie, that sidecar was a real fine ride ...good pictures from all of you!
You looked great in your finery, and probably made an impression the locals will not soon forget...sounds like the afternoon at the museums was fun, too.
Over too soon!

Marcia on are a great sport! Loved the way you told the story about the race! Hopefully next year in Michigan, the instructions will be clearer! :-)

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