Only ten more days to the big race, the city continues to unfold, 47 tents up by the end of the night Tuesday, war games being played at the Marine base over the mountain, two international teams have arrived (Italy and England), food vendors have been dropping trailers all day. Word is the wind will die down by tomorrow so a lot more work can be done.
We were able to get the download for the race course today, since we are technically “staff.” Out in the XJ to do some pre-running, Rich took me out to Cougar Buttes to show me around, then we connected from the powerline road to the race course at mm 34. There is an initial 51 mile loop, so we took that in, or at least that was the plan. Most of the sections were pretty easy desert, a couple of harder rock sections had us scratching our heads a little and then we came to the notch. Being in the XJ, out by ourselves, we opted out of running that part of the race course and came back in to Hammertown around the tip of the mountain. We had a great time wheeling today, but that is a whole lot different than taking this course at race speed. That will change the game completely. Pre-running will probably start in earnest on Friday when the teams are here to register and get their downloads, in the meantime, we are listening to them rev their engines all over the lakebed. Love the sound of that.