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Hi and Welcome to our “Bailey” blog!

Our travels so far:

 

Our names are Allan and Mary-Ann.

Koodos to Glenn Rodger Photography for the impromptu photo.

 

We both choose a driver at the beginning of the IndyCar season. The driver who finishes the race ahead of the other gets first place status on the dash, until the next race.

It has been our dream to travel.  More specially we are IndyCar racing mega fans; it is our goal to travel to every race.

First step done, Bailey has been purchased we are anxiously awaiting pickup on November 2, 2018.

Bailey

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Travel day to World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway starting km 55,398 finally leave at 1040a..

Side note this is the first Mother/Daughter travel team we’ve seen.  Wish I would have thought to take a photo with them in it…

This is the worst sound when you want to leave.  Why?  Jacks are not coming up. Jacks Down.. No! Allan activates the relevel and the lower and we’re good.

Off we go…

Would you like to call this home?

Definitely on the right road as it’s this narrow Narrow Enough

This trip produces two things/elements.. super narrow roads and RAIN!!Traveling Dispute the ridiculous directions we make it, after having to U-turn, such an easy task in Bailey!!From this to this…

How crazy that we prefer this?? @IndyCar

Beer fridge stocking time.  Shots fired!!  Allan rushes into the line of fire..

Waste of a beer 🙁    Such a casualty!

Traeger time, I believe Allan Tragers, the best upsy daisy,  bestest, moistest, meats as he has the most experience in the rain on this trip.

B2 supervising 🙂

No rain tomorrow?

 

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Today’s a rest up, do little but eat and drink kind of day.  Tomorrow we head to World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway @WWTRaceway for our second @IndyCar race in 2 weeks a first for us.

The day starts off dreary, humid no sun but at least no rain.

Reading the Terre Haute Visitor’s Guide we learn TH is the birthplace of the coca-cola contour bottle

We wander around the camp ground.

Spot anyone? 

Allan decides he will buy feed for the donkeys; Storm with the dark cloud on his back & Chocolate Chip with cookie looking rings Storm & Chocolate Chip

WooHoo the sun is out!! Set up complete, all is good!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

810a leave time today, km 54,930.  Thought we’d get an earlier start cause I woke up/got up at 415a.  Maybe a little excited?  Allan awoke early for him, 5ish.  Being on vacation rules rarely any urgency to do anything.

Super narrow roads leaving but not as bad as coming.  No gravel roads leaving 🙂

Been awhile since we’ve travelled narrow lanes,  NOT Entering Indiana even though I can’t go back there Next home town?

 

 

View from the back of Bailey as I pour coffee.

 

 

 

 

Approaching Terre Haute getting cloudier and cloudier

Look at that Rain-X at work!

Neither rain nor rain or rain will keep us from the Indy race!

Stop at Krogers for groceries.  No photos, my much loved, vintage iPhone is not water resistant.

Make it to KOA, set up in the pouring rain.  Bought a rotisserie chicken so no Traeger tonight,  Pouring!! Wish the photo would depict the downpour.As the rules state…Had the delicious rotisserie chicken and wonder of wonders the sun is out.  This is me working on the blog, outside NO rain Walk around the park and find a rental teepee

Fire time but how do you uninvite sweat bees Allan is doing his best to let them know they are not welcome.

Our first Fire with added colour, perhaps a waste of 1.29US which = 19.99Cdn, but we are loving it.

Goodnight all

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 19, 2019

We pack up what didn’t get packed yesterday and head out at 815a. km 54,220.  We say good bye to @poconoraceway  the tunnel, the controversy about who caused the lap one crash   We believe it was @TakumaSatoRacer

I agree with the drivers @IndyCar should not return next year.  This track just isn’t for them.

Today’s destination is the KOA in #Sunbury, OH 438 miles.

Some of the sights along the way.

Can the road get any narrower?

You see some strange things,

               Found Bailey’s road

Entering @Ohio

 

Remembered to take Bailey’s photo @LovesTravelStop

We follow the GPS, can this be right?  Gravel, very narrow roads – KOAs are normally close to the highway not Koa Sunbury A visit to their site warns of a covered bridge.  Happy we unknowingly avoided that.

Nice scenery but this was our today’s WTF.  Minor compared to most days.

We arrive, set up and wander around. 

We find some goats and pigs.  Pig is a bit shy.

We find the onsite wedding chapel. Then fire building time.

Next dinner, more fire and although a bad photo, we re-watch the Pocono race on the outdoor TV.

Tomorrow’s destination Terre Haute, IN

 

Sunday, Race Day, August 18, 2019

1110a weather looking great.  Hot, humid, sunny.  Helicopter circulating.

Took a stroll to the outfield, pit and paddock.  Crazy nuts today, people everywhere.  There are 250 Corvettes on display. I believe Vettes should be driven not continually polished for show but that’s just me.

Sights and sounds galore.

My favourite all time racer, now IndyCar announcer @paultracy3

RACE time!  Perfect conditions, perfect weather, perfect BEER!   

Lined up nicely…

Scary incident in corner 2, first lap   Crash took out both Allan’s driver and mine.  That’s Felix caught up on the fence and then on the hook. He was taken to hospital for testing and released.  Happy there were no injuries.

Clean up complete, race restarts.  More like parade laps, but hey it’s still so much fun being here. To quote Allan …

530p Thunder & Lightening, helicopter grounded We know what that means, 

537p Cars being confiscated (yes that was what the Indy Officials said) to the garage area

546p Race checkered flagged.   Will Power the winner.

Poop! Felix is again behind Alexander.

It got dark so quickly with heavy rain RainStorm

Allan Traegered anyways. 

First photo when he came in from putting the meat on the grill, second when cooked.  Deliciously moist!!

 Who has more fun than people?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Practice 930a and qualifying 1230p day. Yippee will be a fun day. 

We go outside and meet the new neighbours.  Turns out they are Sue & Larry Veach the super cool grandparents of Zach Veach driver of the 26 car.

There is a sever weather forecasted for about practice time, we naively think we’ll be good because the sun is shining.  On our radios, we hear the ambulance helicopter is caught in the weather.  Practice, regardless of weather, can not begin until the helicopter arrives.

We wait, 930 fast approaching no rain but still no helicopter.  We hear track events are postponed for 2 hours due to the pending rain. 

We venture over to the pits cause while the cars are not on the track the action should be in the pits. Still no rain or helicopter.  The skies are now beginning to look threatening. As we approach the cars are being returned to the paddock.  They finally announce the practice is cancelled. 

The drivers are leaving the pits, we snap a photo or Hinch & Hunter-Ray

None as famous however as this guy! 

In the paddock we see our cars,  Allan’s Alexander Rossi, mine Felix Rosenqvist

On our way back to Bailey it begins to pour, photo does not do it justice It slows down and we make it back relatively dry.  What’s that in the air!

This is the view from the stands Announce finally, qualifying cancelled as well but there will be a 2 hour practice beginning at 2.  Back to Bailey to watch but first we’ve decided to start a magnet collection for every track.  Pocono is the first…

 

 

 

Practice begins.

Click for the roar of the engines

 

Friday, August 16, 2019

A bit disappointed there are no scheduled track events today so use today to familiarize ourselves with the track.  Looks like there is a cruise ship on top of the stands We meet our neighbours Kim, Wayne & their grand daughter Kallie, puppy Fox and hang with them.  Fun hearing other’s race stories.

Contrary to the schedule, there are some things happening on the track like vintage cars so at least something.  Also the 2 seater but sadly we didn’t get an invitation to ride.

 

 

Pocono Tricky Triangle’s claim to fame

We acquaint ourselves with (black tank emptying)Just in case we are too full of Tomorrow should bring more excitement.

 

 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Today is the drive to Pocono Speedway. It starts off kind of like heaven. Sunshine, humid, hot – my kind of weather. km 53,817.  I should start an excel mileage sheet.

Say goodbye to the KOA and our new cool friend. Off we go 1015a.

Today’s drive should have been 228 miles, 3.3h not including a fuel stop. Goal is to fuel up as close to the track as possible to keep the diesel generator happy. Our go to is Love’s, there is one on our route so we head there.

As we approach Binghamton, we see horrendous traffic going the other way. We thank our lucky stars we are not going that way. Our Exit 3 is fast approaching, we see the Love’s – they are sometimes tricky to get into there is a tractor trailer directly in front of us who is going to the Love’s so blindly we follow him.

NOPE, he’s going to another highway so we must find our way back. We’ll get back on the highway and head the other direction because we know that is heavy traffic, 3 lanes merging into 1, starts just past Exit 3. Smart if we don’t say so, ourselves!! 

Back on the highway, there is no Exit 3 coming this way. We are stuck in that traffic, worse than this photo depicts 🙁

Finally make it back to Love’s. Allan says “remember we are building memories” LOL

We head on to Pocono, no more misadventures. We pass a friend’s village.

 

 

 

Getting closer..

We excitedly arrive and get checked in. Go to Gate 1, off we go. Oh my, can things get any tighter?  We use the left tunnel.

We make it safely through 🙂 and are greeted by…

We find our site #31 same site number as in Birmingham

We get ready for a massive thunder, lighting, rain storm. One bolt of thunder was so loud Allan thought our generated exploded.

 

After the storm there is calm and rainbows

 

 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Woohoo! Starting km 53442 leave Sutton at 903a.

This trip includes 2 Indy races, first race Pocono Raceway, Long Pond PA, second race Gateway Motorsports in St Louis, IL.

Traffic, traffic! Why oh why. We’ll see how long it will take to get to Farmington.

Our schedule

Border crossing this time is Queenston Lewiston, another first for us.  Arrive at noon, cross at noon 20.  🙂

Smooth sailing.

Next stop Tops Friendly Market

WHAT!!! No Off to the spirits store.

All set now for the KOA for the night,

Next up 4 days boondocking at the race.

 

 

 

 

 

Bailey beautify, August 03-05, 2019

New signage on the back of Bailey, compliments of Tom @Call them for all your sign requirement (905) 967-1323

Next up paint the chrome piece on the front of Bailey, where we ran over an mud flap on a highway during our last US trip.  We found a Rust-Oleum product called Bright Coat Metallic Finish who’s cap matched perfectly, excited to get it done.

Allan hard at work…

Many coats later, Oh no 🙁  It does not match, more matt than shiny

Now what????  Sent an email to @RustOleum so far no response. Just want it to look like the cap.

Maybe Bailey has to be renamed as One eyed wonder.

Very excited, only 4 more sleeps till we are on our way to POCONO GRAND PRIX Tricky Triangle.