Challenges for today. Left Baltimore in hard-make that VERY hard rain, fog, and heavy truck traffic-throwing more water on the windshield. The windshield wipers were stiff and only smeared the windshield until they finally soaked up enough rain to become flexible. Guess over this past year I should have run Stewball more often in the rain. Then, the windshield kept fogging over on the inside and Jan’s job was to keep it clear. Fortunately for her, navigating was no problem, just north on I 95. Just added a bit of tension since much of the time I couldn’t even see the lane dividers. Then as the rain began to slow, it was lunch time and the options were various NJ turnpike road-kill. We settled for Burger King. We knew dinner had to be better. It was, but so was the rain again. And guess what we discovered we had not packed. Yup, umbrellas. OK, so we walked 4 blocks in the rain. I’m sure this won’t be the last time. And we will buy umbrellas-not that we don’t have a bunch already at home.
So, we get the rally rules tomorrow and we have no idea what to expect. When we arrived today-after the challenge of driving and getting lost in the maze of one-way streets in Manhattan, (twice now we have learned the GPS can’t navigate here. Guess too many tall metal buildings,) we discovered our leader, Jerry Price and competitor Jack Crabtree were already here. That was a good thing and the cars are parked in full view of all hotel guests at the Crowne Plaza. OK, now back to the rules. We know every rally has its own set of rules. At one point we were told that there was no penalty for arriving early, which would make this a race, not a rally. Fortunately the antiques (cars that is) are in a different category from the alternative energy cars, like Jerry’s Corvette. Stewball vs. a Corvette? Wow!
Then there is the possibility that the fun really begins at the end of the day at the hotel front desk. Rules sent on March 24, stated that the hotel check-in would be our official arrival time. I need money to bribe the desk clerks, I guess. Polite Southerners like me can just forget crowding ahead of others at check-in, even if it means losing points. I’ll just leave that to Jan. We will see what our meeting tomorrow brings-or doesn’t.
Second day on the road, Thursday we REALLY start.