Seriously! A minute to spare! Thank God. And thank Andy Kirby and Chris Sakala who kept talking to me as we were watching her Spot tracker NOT updating fast enough. Her bike is coated with bugs. She smells (sorry babe, but you do). And with a half of a banana in her, she’s going through her rally book to pull receipts and get to scoring.
Now that Kirsten’s here, I can tell you part of the anxiety this morning was the reports of additional accidents during the last few hours of this leg. Ken Meese (#1 at end of Leg Two) had a major accident last night. He was out of surgery this morning and doing fine. Another friend of ours crashed just 6 miles from this final checkpoint. She’s fine – gave her a hug this morning. We kept saying that we can’t believe it – 6 miles away! A friend loaned her a bike and she was able to ride in to finish, but it’s frustrating. You plan your ride, you make tough decisions, you take care of yourself and your bike…. and then there’s everything else that happens that you don’t have control over. Every rally has its own bit of luck – good or bad- thrown into the mix.
So, the rest of the day is scoring, shower, sleep, service for the bike, and the final banquet. Will be an interesting evening for sure.
State Tally for Leg Three (48 of 48): Florida (for the capital), Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming (again), Nevada, and California.
State Tally for Leg Two (36 of 48): Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, (District of Columbia), Virginia, West Virginia (again – this time for the capital bonus points), Kentucky, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
State Tally at End of Leg One (21 of 48): Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York.