Today was the first official leg of the Great Race. This stretch ran from our starting point in St. Paul, MN, and took us down to La Crosse, WI. The day started off once again at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. We began the day lined up on the banks of the racetrack at the stadium. All 99 cars were lined up and on display. When the time came, all of the cars processed out onto the streets of the fairgrounds. This led into the grand starting point at the main entrance of the fairgrounds. From here, the race received the full array of major automotive events. Flags, a massive inflatable arch, a great rendition of the national anthem, and people deeply involved in the classic car hobby and industry, such as Corky Coker and Wayne Carini, to help start things off.
For our actual driving today, Brian and I took the first half. This was our first time driving and navigating and it went pretty well overall. Tony and Nik took over for the second half. Our route took us through some gorgeous back country roads, mostly through Wisconsin. They were some tight and twisty roads too, which made for some tricky driving and navigating. If you do happen to be in the area with a car that handles well, and you’re in the western Wisconsin area, you’ll need to check out some of these roads. At the end of the day, we improved our score from around one minute and 20 seconds off to just under one minute. Plus, we still haven’t gotten lost, and the Fairlane has been running well. To borrow a word I heard Nik use today, our run was pretty “gnarlical” (like gnarly plus radical).
Tomorrow we’ll start the next leg that will take us from La Crosse, WI to Davenport, IA. We’re hoping to improve our time again, and to continue our good spirits. And you can be sure to see more pictures and updates on our facebook page as we progress.