Saturday, Race Night, August 25, 2019

Turns out this schedule is just a suggestion; little started when stated.

Open the door to a    Visitor

Day begins with the helicopter arriving. Helicopter

K&N Nascar up next but first a bevvy

Lined up Let’s go racing

With a little help from my friendsWrong direction!

 

 

Opening ceremonies includes the Corvettes taking the drivers around the track after intros. After the flag ceremony the announcer asked all present & past military remain standing to be recognized.  Wish us Canadians would honour our military more.

And we’re racing!And  we’re goofy excited!        Us Vrooom

Not happy with the race results.  Takuma Sato @TakumaSatoRacer should have been suspended from this race after he caused the lap one  crash in @poconoraceway last week.

At least we went from this to this

I’m  officially this year’s With 2 races remaining, Allan’s driver @AlexanderRossi is 3rd with 517 points; @FRosenqvist  is 10th with 324 points.  Even with double points for the last race it is mathematically impossible for me to win.

Being a good sport, I conceited today.

Travel day tomorrow.  Heading home.

 

Friday, August 25, 2019

First day of scheduled events.

Let the fun begin!

A wise decision is made and the tunnel to the infield is divided, one side vehicles other pedestrians.                                  What’s that???     The light at the end of the tunnel!!Made it! 

Sites from the other side

Nascar K&N Series transport trucks.

Shopping time 🙂  Our second fridge magnet and of course Ts

Everyone’s favourite mascot, as seen on TV!  Hawk!!  Allan walking (standing) a mile in Mario’s shoes                                                                 In the standsLearn that Bailey’s roof is white

Allan Traegaring, ground is beginning to dry.  Like our carboard box carpet?

    Race day tomorrow!

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 Despite 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!

The spots are all 50’ long by 15’ wide. We plan to leave as much space as possible in front of Bailey and use it for the Traeger, eating table and chairs. Nope that will not work because the front is water/mud covered. We can’t use the side either as Bailey is 13’ when the slides are out. We hope it will dry up as now the sun is kind of up.  

We head out on a fact-finding mission to determine where the tunnel to the pits is and find our seats. Today is vendor set up day; we hope to find some discarded boxes to lay above the water/mud broth.

We find the tunnel; it is not people friendly as there is no sidewalk; hopefully there is a people tunnel. We climb up to our seats. Allan selected well; we can see the entire track. We are smiling now.

We had back and do come across an unpacking vendor who is happy to give us boxes. Heading back it begins to pour and pour.

Weather man Allan, checks the app and reports it will only rain for a few minutes then clear up. He begins and the rain pours even more. Such downpour.   I believe Allan Tragers,  bestest, moistest, meats as he has the most experience cooking in the rain on this trip.

                    B2 supervising 🙂

Remember our first race in Bailey?  Birmingham, where we meet Cathy, Bob and puppy Cooper??  They are at this race as well.  Cooper has had his eye surgery and all is good.

Remember Larry & Sue we meet last week in Pocono – they are a few spots over from us here 🙂

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