-I am grateful that I will not have to navigate or drive
or get lost on
Bodfish Caliente Rd. at high speed again.
-I am grateful that I will not have to eat in Baker again.
-Over 19 or 20 years of participation, I have had six navigators - three
women, three men. I am grateful for all of them so that I could
in Starlite. Of course, some of the navigators, did not participate.
-I am grateful that no one ever got sick in our car.
-I am grateful that over 19 or 20 years of participation, I received
one ticket and had only one minor accident (Potrero Rd. near the Oxnard
Plain). Re: that ticket I got... don't forget the poor blokes that
decided to go
around the closed RR crossing gate, got stopped by the CHP officer
citing me and had to wait 20 minutes for a new ticket book to be delivered.
Indy 500 style start in Cima or Kelso after waiting 25 minutes for the
to clear the crossing. Four cars, side-by-side, driving through town.
you want to call it a town.
"Hey Henry, what's this light on the instrument cluster indicate.
the owner's manual is in the glove box." "It's says it comes
on when the
outside air temperature drops below 36 degrees and there is a chance
snow." "Lot's of stars out tonight."
I believe it is about 7AM when Henry says, "Norman aren't you supposed
on the other side of the road."
It's a good thing I passed those snowplows on California 33 north of
19 or 20 years of Starlite to trophy. What an ending to an annual tradition.
I will miss the craziness, tension, pushing the vehicle, the navigation
orienteering.. Most of all I will miss the annual gathering of