Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Shaking the Sand Off the Blanket for the Bigfoot 200

My job this week: 4x4 rally car driver "The High Priestess" aka "Lost Trail Runner" strikes again in the Gifford Pinchot

This week I have the pleasure of doing some on-site Bigfoot work. As the event nears, we are nailing down exact locations for the aid stations. This is a first-year thing for sure. In its inaugural year, every race has to shake the sand off the blanket. This year we had to reroute a portion, adding some seriously amazing ridge views and trails, but also relocating aid. This trip consists of visiting each site, and determining the best location for aid. I'm looking for plenty of parking, large opening (in the forests), and as easy of access by vehicle as possible, a bit of a challenge in this remote section of the Cascade Mountains in Washington.

Each stretch of road on the way to each aid location was recorded for drivability (4WD, 2WD, mud, rocks, holes) and distance (from key intersections or land markings. After all, we want to make sure that crew and aid workers can get to each location following these instructions. Tomorrow I have a meeting with the Forest Service to confirm these locations. Then back home by Friday and leave for California and Arizona on Monday ~~ whirlwind ~~










My, foot, River's print (center) and a BIG print (right)!!




Managing to collect enough soil for a garden in the driver's side
Travel Pals
One of the future aid station locations, Chain of Lakes Campground

Just when I got out of the car for my constant state tempo repeats it began snowing! Was fun, but being 2 hours away from real roads, worrying that I would get stuck in the snow.
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