On day seven of RAAM Michael had started his night ride while Jody and I followed in the Jeep. The ride was on a newly paved stretch of road which lead to a pleasant ride, barring the debris left periodically in the fog lane by the road construction crew. Seriously, could they not pick up the yellow reflectors instead of leaving them in piles??
During this leg of the race, a media van would pull up along side us and take multiple pictures of Michael. When a few shots had been taken, and we were all left with temporary light blindness, they would pull ahead before they impeded traffic. Continuing on they would be pulled over on the side of the road and take more shots of Michael approaching. They would then catch up to us and take more. This continued for awhile and the media pulled this off safely and professionaly and this is one of the resulting shots taken in total darkness with only a flash. Nice work!
This part of the journey was pleasant. A lightning show played off the our left and accompanied us on our way. However, what was at first a pleasure turned into a VERY strong wind and we were called by Pete and told that a strong storm was approaching. Coming into a small town the traffic lights were swinging and further progress was highly dangerous for Michael.
As part of the night crew Jody and I have the pleasure of following Michael when traffic is light outside of the cities. The temps have cooled although in the humidity in the east remains high, the worse of which was last night riding along the Mississippi. And don’t get me started on the bugs! Us Californian’s wilt in the humidity. And it is especially disturbing when your car windows fog up on the OUTSIDE!
Michael’s spirits are HIGH and he is very positive. Riding in the heat and humidity does take its toll on the body along with some aches and pains. Tonight he will be taking a prolonged rest to prepare him for the rest of the ride. It looks like the night crew will have the time off to catch up on some sleep.
He is an awesome athlete and an even better person. In some of the worst situations he keeps his cool, which lets us do our job and not panic. I am proud to be his aunt.