[EDIT] Because I cannot be in 3 places at once, I had to withdraw from the Minuteman. Maybe next year…
Since participating in The Void 7 in October 2012, I’m no longer a rally virgin. I guess that’s why I was feeling a bit cavalier (read: stupid) when I signed myself up to do the Minuteman 1000 this June. How bad could it be, right?
The format of the Minuteman is similar to what I did before:
…the MM1K is a 26 hr rally in the “traditional” format, i.e. you will be given a list of bonus locations along with point values for each location. The rider who obtains the most points will be the winner.
Get a flag, plan a route, ride around taking pictures all night, take a nap, take some more pictures then head back to the barn. Oh, and don’t fuck up. Yep. That sounds about right.
Did I Learn Anything From the Last Rally?
Well, yes, actually. Or maybe.
I now know I might want to get myself some kind of light that I can use to illuminate things that my headlights won’t reach. That was a lesson I learned during the night when I had to flag down a cop and asked him to use his spotlight to shine on a fish sign that was on a dark roof.
The light needs easily fit in a sidebag or top box with a bunch of other junk.
A big flashlight would also be handy for keeping Bigfoot away.
Keeping your spare keys – including the spare for the topbox IN the topbox… not too bright. Keep keys on my person!
My tankbag is on the petite side. I wasn’t able to keep my paperwork in it without folding and crumpling it to hell. That meant during the Void, I had to go in my topbox for every stop. I may need to get myself a different tank bag. Maybe.
Relax, Trust My Gut and Enjoy the Ride
I need to not be such a neurotic freak. Keep calm and ride on.
Actually, I don’t feel nearly as wound up as I did when I entered the Void. I still have no assumptions about being remotely competitive. I’ll just be riding my ride and hopefully seeing some cool stuff along the way.
So that’s my story – for now.