16 November 2007

2007: Fattening Up The Blog From This Year's Race

I had a tough time blogging each and every day while at the race this year so I will fill in the gaps and fatten up as I go. Updates are here:

Added 12/11/07:
2007: One More Day Before The Race Starts!

Added 12/7/07:
2007: A Few Leisurely Pre-Race Days in Oaxaca....Not!

11/15/07 (updated):
2007: One Less Grasshopper in Oaxaca

11/14/07 (updated):
2007: The Journey Has Begun

Picture of El Jefe in Zacatecas courtesy of Bret Haller and TheUnlimitedClass.com

11 November 2007

2007: Grateful

I swear I am going to update the blog soon. This race sure takes every ounce of energy out of you and when you get home there isn't much left except a freakin' huge smile. And some anxiety-ridden dreams about still being in the race.

I am really still completely overwhelmed with this experience, and even more than that, I'm in awe at what it means to me and how powerful it was to do this with my dad. I know I am blessed and for that I am eternally grateful.

03 November 2007

2007: Stay Tuned for Updates

I am home now, sad that it is over, full of joy for all of the experiences and adventure we had, still filled with adrenaline, and glad that everyone arrived safely. Blessings for all the drivers, navigators, crews and spectators who are still en route to their homes.

The final RESULTS were just posted and we placed 48th overall and 7th in our class (out of 86 vintage cars racing).

A big CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who participated, especially the service crews, the race organizers and staff, the medics, the timers, the police, the local people in the villages, the children, the fans, especially my DAD who brought me here for the second year in a row, my dear family and friends, and everyone who helped this year - it was a monstrous success!

I will be updating the blog with pictures and many more stories in the next two weeks so stay tuned. You can browse all pictures posted from the 2007 race blog (and a few from 2006) right HERE.

As the Mexican highway signs say,

"Maneje con precaucion. Tu familia te espera."

(Drive with precaution. Your family awaits you.)

Happy Dia de los Muertos!

01 November 2007

2007: Day 7 - Arrival in Nuevo Laredo

Finally.....here we are! We made it to Nuevo Laredo about 730pm tonight. We broke the lower control arm going up La Bufa this morning in Zacatecas so El Jefe has been on the trailer for the last 500 miles of the journey. The suspension was shot and El Jefe was weaving all over the switchbacked mountain road. We knew we were on shaky ground when we finished yesterday but promised ourselves we would baby the car and try to get to Nuevo Laredo in one piece. But we are here and we finished! It is both joyous and sad to be here and I am enjoying all of the feelings.

El Jefe's broken control arm

Tonight is the final drivers' meeting and celebration and I must quickly jump in the shower and go.

I will blog when I get back to the states and post the pictures in the following week or two.....there are many stories to tell.

Thanks to everyone for their prayers and kind thoughts for us to get here safely with smiles on our faces - we were successful!


Crashed out around 5am this morning with one of my dad's dogs, Malva, in Zacatecas

Team TBZ's finish