1607 ON MILE 75...AVERAGE SPEED- UNKNOWN. With our radios working only intermittently we had a tough time keeping our chase crew and families at home updated on our progress. Our Mexican race prep friends Mateo and crew reprogrammed our radios the night before the race and removed the frequency our chase crew was set on using and replaced them with Mexican frequencies that were meant to be operational throughout the course. We though this would be a great advantage as all the other racers expected to have only a five or ten mile range with their radios.
Sadly the radios worked perfectly for our Mexican mates in their class 11 VW bug but only transmitted their highly annoying banter into our helmets incessantly for the course of the 26 hours we spent in the car. "MATEO MATEO MATEO MATEO" or "MONCHIE MONCHIE MONCHIE" in rapid fire- NO STOP. In the rare moments my focused left the driving at hand it rapidly created fantasies about murdering these men and their immediate families Stalin style.
But all is long forgotten as I sit here now at home and reflect on how we faired in these initial hours. At mile marker 75 we were approximately 2hours into the race and five miles before our first fuel stop at mile marker 80. The course here is muddy, rocky, sandy and twisty. Having pre run the course in a sand rail from the 70's, retracing our steps in our beautiful and comfortable race car is a joy. Alex gets extremely focused once I convinced him that waving at every person along the way wasn't a good idea for the navigator.
We were feeling a sense of relief as a lot of new comers crash out or break down in the first hour of the race and we were happy to not have suffered that shame. It was my game plan to take it easy for our first section which was a seven hour ride between the start line and mile marker 210 at Borego.