Once More into the Void We Go
The season of anxiety and nail biting is upon us. In just a few short weeks I will be setting off to do the Void Rally 8.
The Void Rally 8 – October 12-13, 2013
After nearly giving myself an ulcer in the weeks leading up to my first foray into the Void Rally you would think I’d have learned my lesson. Well, lest you thought otherwise… I’m not that bright. As my dad would’ve said ~ a dim bulb. A real 25-watter.
When I put my hat into the ring for the Void 7 in 2012, I was nervous because I had no idea what it was like to do a 24 hour rally. This year however, things are different. I’m nervous because I know what it’s like to do a 24 hour rally.
I kid. Sort of.
I’m not nervous this time around. Of course that doesn’t mean I will place any better than I did last year, where I found myself in the middle of the finishing pack. I will probably be able to carry on my long standing tradition of being average.
Remember how I said I wasn’t nervous in the previous paragraph? Well, in the time that it took me to finish typing that I realized that I am nervous.
Thinking back to what it was like standing alone on an especially dark and desolate West Virginia road in the middle of the night to pick up a bonus… eesh. I stood there nervously fumbling with my keys, my camera and rally towel. My hands were shaking because I was scaring myself so badly. Being out there in the woods alone? Yea, I could do without that again. I will have to do a better job of planning my route to visit the high Bigfoot traffic areas in the daylight.
Exhibit A: The Rally Towel
Earlier this week I received my official rally towel. Shit just got real.
Rider 98, right here. 98 – A strong, solid number. But is it better than average? We’ll see.
6 Replies to “Once More into the Void We Go”
Sounds like a hoot. I have never participated in such a thing, but now I might just have to try and find one…
Do it! 🙂
You will do great!! I will be cheering from afar!
Thank you, Pam 🙂
“I will probably be able to carry on my long standing tradition of being average.”
Nothing average in taking part in something most people would shy away from in abject fear. As Teddy Roosevelt said: “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
It’s all in the doing. Best of luck Rachael!
Thank you, Bud. You’re so right. At the very least… I get to go for a ride and see some stuff. Everything else is icing 🙂