How do you know when something is important to you? When you do whatever it takes to participate. For this Sunset Race, I started out in Port Lavaca, Texas. I woke up at 3:30 am in a hotel room after the Texas Water Safari. I thought I would start driving the day before, but I was wiped out!!! So I got up early, fired up Google Maps and started driving. Its just over 900 miles for this drive. I drove as far as I dared until I got tired, then pulled my van over and slept on the side of the road till I woke up. It helped that I shut off the van, so it got warm fast. With about 5 of these cat naps along the way, I arrived around 8:30 pm in time for the half way point of the race.
At one point near home, the wind and rain were so bad, I pulled over cause I wasn’t sure if the boat would stay on top of my van. Or the top of my van for that matter. Eventually I made it to have some beer with friends before going home and crashing for the night. While it can be done, I don’t recommend it!
I can’t say I was sad that I didn’t paddle this one!
Maggie has never had her hair dyed before. So she came over to do it with Sonora. Here are a few photos of the mess!
Of course I didn’t capture the finished product. Maggie was swimming every day that summer training for races, so the dye didn’t last very long in her hair. But it was fun hearing the girls having fun!
It was highly recommended that we have a spray skirt on our boat for the Texas Water Safari. I wasn’t too worried, but Jo Jo took care of us. She planned a day and came over to help us out. We started out by putting T in the front of the boat and cutting a hole for her.
It didn’t take long before I was in the back with a hole cut out for me as well.
And Jo Jo went around with the rubber cement and glued us together!
If you’re wondering about the materials, its rip-stop nylon from a local fabric store and some rubber cement glued on Velcro strips. And maybe some duct tape for good measure. Jo Jo came back a few days later to help me reinforce the material. And it held perfectly for the race and packed up very small. Its great having handy friends!
Sonora wanted to have an overnight camp out at Waterfall for her birthday. She actually wanted 2 nights but we limited it to one night. It was all we could handle and the girls wanted to spend most of their time inside anyway! We did do some swimming/floating in the river.