Who would guess that GPS couldn’t find the way out of Warsaw, IN? Did she think we were already in Warsaw, Poland? Anyway, I drew position 1. I’m always a bit insecure about that. Even though we start 1 minute apart, and everyone is to find their own way, using whatever technology they have available, IF you miss the first turn, everyone knows it. OK, that said, seems none of the GPSs could decide how to leave Warsaw. It wasn’t just us. Fortunately, we had time to spare and Connie-our GPS- finally got it sorted out. From now on, however, I will pull up map quest as a backup. I do have a road atlas as well.
So, next lesson. Even when we know we have some spare time, we hustle along at the beginning. You never know when road construction or blocked exits will play with your time. Yup, the exit for the Indy Speedway-which was our end point for the day-was closed! I learned our new Connie has a detour feature. I hadn’t used it and after her navigational problem at the start of the day, my stomach reflected my anxiety. This time she was right and we didn’t run into the kind of trouble that Ed Talbot and Marie-Claire did in Russia. If we had, I know I wouldn’t have had Marie-Claire’s composure. Ah, fiction.
We learned about the release of the 2012 Beetle yesterday. Looks good. Standard 2.5 liter engine with-get this 200 horsepower. We have 53. It is sleeker, sportier, lower, and wider, (translation: more space for tools, spare parts and luggage) but will not be released until next Oct. So, Ed decided we needed a different car to finish this race.
The evening was grand, in spite of the waitress dumping shrimp cocktail down my back. One outfit gone. Laundry will come up sooner than planned. Good dinner, good friends. Rally buddies Gary and Jeanann Martin from Kentucky drove up. They know several other of the race teams as well. Best part was they brought Dennis the starter for his 1916 Studebaker. Howard installed it and they will run today. Points for helping fellow racers goes to Gary and Jeanann.
Big day for book sales.
See you in St. Louis tonight,