Sunday, November 2, 2008

Iron Man 2008 (quad races)

Oct 25th I went to the single muddiest event I've ever been too, and had a great time! I went to some field outside of Crawfordsville to watch class after class race quads all day. My friend Brooke's husband Joe races with some friends, Adam and Jonathan. So, we missed the start because we were still in line on the road to get to park. Then, they park us in a field of mud. Seriously. Then we, I should have told you that I picked up Lydia and her son Mike on the way,we wait in line to get our bracelet for the day. We NEVER find Brooke. But, we did find the truck and pitstop area. So, from there, I just set off walking the course. It's around 8 miles thru woods and giant hills and lots of mud. Believe it or not, I actually see Joe as he's getting close to us. I started yelling, "it's joe, it's joe, it's joe!!" I'm pretty sure by now that Mike thinks I'm nuts. Lydia already knows. We were hopping over logs and slipping in mud to get to the next spot. Then I turn back to Lydia and tell her she doesn't have to follow me if she doesn't want to. I have no actual plan. I just go to where I hear racing. Well, then she asks do I not want her to come? Of course, but we're gonna get messy and quite possibly lost. Let's get moving. I got some pretty good shots, and some pretty bad ones. Not easy to find the mud covered quad with the mud covered rider in the mud field.I don't care, I got the ones that count. I was waiting at the finish line when Joe crossed. I then proceeded to take like 30 pictures in 3 minutes. ..... Joe I AM NOT A STALKER! I promise! So, Lydia, Mike, and me head back to Joe's truck thinking that Brooke must be there. WRONG! After waiting a while, Joe takes off on foot to the start/finish. Sure enough, there she is. Camera held up in position for her to catch Joe crossing the line. POOR Brooke. She was a little startled when Joe asked for his hat. Pretty funny. By the way, Joe finished 21st out of 50 in his class. That's some serious hauling considering he started next to last!
Then came the moment I'd been waiting for since we got there.....Yep, you guessed it Monster Truck Rides! $5 and a sign in sheet, then climb the moving staircase thingy to the back of the mud covered truck. I started towards the front when I thought, huh, the actions gonna be at the back of the truck. So, I turned around and "let" a few people go on up past me, and headed for the back. There was mud flying everywhere. Lydia had her hands over her hair and squealed through the whole thing. I'm not sure if that's good or bad. I had globs of mud on my face that I refused to brush off. However, it did take 3 shampoos to get the mud and rock from my hair that afternoon.

The big story started when we got back to my car. A pretty red Corolla that sits about 4 inches off the ground. Has anyone jumped ahead and guessed the story yet? OK, so we got stuck, like 3 or 4 times. Thankfully we had Michael (very tall 14 y/o football offensive lineman!!) Yeah, for us. We started to lose Lydia around this time. It wasn't pretty. Unless pretty "whiny" counts. Sorry Lydia, but you know it's the truth. She's admitted it. But, Lydia, Mike, and some random men help push me out a few times. I tried to get Lydia to drive and let me push, I felt bad for her. But, noooo, she was not comfortable driving someone elses car. Fine. I got out the snow scraper and started getting the mud out from in front of the front tires. Then another guy with a shovel shows up and helps. At this point, I'm in front of the car jumping on every big mud there is hoping to tamp them down some. Don't know if it helped, but on the next push we were free. I didn't stop to let them in. I'd already told them the plan. I was driving to the road and would meet them there. So, once they caught up we were able to leave, finally! There's another good story. But, frankly I'm tired of typing now, so I'll just post a few pictures.
Iron Man 2008

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