I thought I would share the schedule for Race Day.
We will wake up early and start a load of laundry. Mick and the crew will need all of the clothes clean for the race. It is a long race - 860 miles in one pair of socks is something that should not happen to anyone.
Once the laundry is done, we will leave our home here at Motel 6 and have a good breakfast, perhaps a Denny's (?). We plan of arriving at the starting line at the Oceanside Pier at 10:30. This will give us an hour and one half to socialize before Mick's starting time of 12:17 pm. You can watch a live, streaming feed of the start at the Race Across America web site - www.raceacrossamerica.org
Once the race starts, Mick will ride 24 miles without a support van (us!). We join him at mile 24 and will be very close to him for the rest of the race. At night, we will be in "direct follow" mode, right behind him with our light a flashing. During the day, we will be in leap frog mode which is close but not following. We will leap ahead of Mick, pull over and wait for him to ride by and then watch him as he rides away from us. When we can not see him anymore, we leap ahead and repeat the process until 8:00 pm each day.
Mick is ready. The crew is ready. Let the racing begin!