These lyrics of 9th and Hennepin by Tom Waits sort of sum up the day for me:
…And the rooms all smell like diesel
And you take on the
Dreams of the ones who have slept here.
And I’m lost in the window
I hide on the stairway
I hang in the curtain
I sleep in your hat
And no one brings anything
Small into a bar around here.
They all started out with bad directions…
The lovely gents who went off the road yesterday rode to Durango in the Duster with Jeremy and Sean today. Matt and I were supposed to lead…with bad directions, which affected all decisions having to do with directions, to the service and possibly a speed section. Seems like major punishment, but Hans and Anders were super gentlemen about it. Somehow, my instinct for direction was bass akward, all due to sleep deprivation.
The hotel in Zacatecas boasted Wifi, displayed a confident connection, but sucked, it was fake, completely fake. Haven’t decided what is worse yet, the hotel in DF that charges for Internet by the hour, or the hotel with fake Internet.
Rain again in the still dark morning.
As we headed out of town we were graced by the most beautiful sunrise.
We missed everything. Speed section and service, the road was closed and there was not a chance to penetrate the police barrier, I tried. So we headed back to Durango and caught the race cars arriving to the finish arch.
Erik Comas, the former Formula 1 driver won after Emilio Velazquez went off in a speed section, thrusting our friends Doug Mockett and his wonderful navigator, Angelica Fuentes (who also performed a mechanical fix on their alternator the day before) into second place.
As always, this race never fails to amaze me. Each year we meet more wonderful people and our bond with those we have met in previous years gets stronger. Although you are hammered physically and emotionally from the intensity of it all, and think you may want a year off, forget it, you always will come back for more. Caution! This is highly addictive.
Our aim is to return with the Alfa El Platillo Volador next year. Till then, shiny side up!