June 25, 2011 10:02am EDT
For the racers RAAM is a grueling and exhausting experience of battling the elements and the course to get to the finish line. For the crews RAAM is a grueling and exhausing experience of battling the elements, and the course, the dying power inverters, the always melting ice in the ice chest, the quest for cell service, the inevitable “differences of opinion” with other crew members, etc, etc, in what can seem like an endless trudge to get to the finish line. And then the work begins...
This morning we spotted a number of zombie-like people sporting dark sunken eyes and fresh sunburns, as they removed all the various bits o’ RAAM equipment from rental vans and RVs and going about the task of sorting it all and packing it up.
Overheard were some saying things like “Next year we’ll...” While others were saying, “I can’t beleive you talked me into this. You people are nuts!”