On Saturday morning August 8 at 6:00am, Rally Master Hammy has cleared us for take off for the first running of the 24-hour Titan Quest Rally. We will have 24 hours to ride around looking at giant chickens, muffler men and whispering giants while collecting points on the clock.
In an interesting twist compared to what I’ve done in previous 24-hour rallies, we are able to start from anywhere we want as long as we end up a Yoder’s Restaurant in New Holland, Pa. by 11am on Sunday. So we can actually finish the 24-hour riding portion of the rally with an end receipt anywhere too. That’s different.
The only downside to this plan is that after having brunch I’ve still got at least 4 hours to ride home from New Holland, Pa. on Sunday. I think I’ll need to work out some time to take a nap before I head home. I’m already tired just thinking about it.
The good news is that I feel less pressure on this rally. Maybe it is because I’m essentially riding around looking at stuff that I love. It’s a “forced sightseeing,” can’t lose scenario. My anticipated route might be a little bold (for me) but I’ve got a couple bonuses marked to drop if I start getting tired or pressed for time. We’ll see how it goes.
Hammy has foregone traditional rally flags and sent us mini knock-off Lego mascots instead. Just as traditional rally flags would have, our mascots must appear in each bonus photo. I gave my mascot a makeover. He was a wee bit butch and a whole lot grouchy for me. Now she is more my speed. Say hello to Glamazon:
I’ve got my route squared away and waypoints loaded in the GPS. I’ve got my helper index cards written out for each bonus stop and my bonus stop list printed out. Now I just have to make it through the next two days of work, remember to charge all my stuff, put fresh batteries in the SPOT and think about having a great ride.