They were excited that they saw nearly everything (they missed the trucks because they needed to get off the mountain for a movie date we all had at 4 PM). They were fed and watered with energy drinks and steaks (all run by Texas Roadhouse) and they got a couple of photos but not many.
I think there were a few injuries this year and certainly one serious – Brandy Connolly, a passenger, was life flighted to Denver with a suspected broken back. I hop eand pray that she will make a full recovery. John and Jeremiah were at this accident and it really hammered home just how precarious it could be. They could already see that spectating was something to be taken seriously. Your safety is in your own hands and you have to be vigilant! The Connolly car literally snapped a tree that was at least 40ft high and brought it down, the impact was so great!
So here is the map of the course so you can get an idea of the bends etc. It is steep and narrow and windy. I drove up a couple of times a few years ago to pick up John after he hiked up with the dogs. I think it took me at least 40 minutes or so. Not for the racers though! Even with the road conditions as they were the fastest did it in only 10.18! At 80 -130 mph, Tajima made mincemeat of it again. He didn’t manage to break his own record that set last year of 10.01 and everyone was rooting for the 10 minute barrier to be broken, but it seems he was happy with the result regardless. The picture at the top of the post is of the boys infront of Tajima!
Anyway, that was it for the race. The boys picked me up and we went to the movies to see The Dark Knight! That’s for another post though.
Jeremiah leaves tomorrow. It will be strange not having him around again and we’ll be sad and miss him loads. Luka will stand outside the door of his empty room and cry in the mornings just like he has been and he’ll do this for a couple of days until he realizes he’s not coming out to play and then he’ll mope, and then he’ll pester me incessantly!
Jeremiah is an awesome kid, he’s so friendly, funny, and polite, everything you would want in a son. John is very proud and I don’t blame him! All kudos to his Mom though, she certainly is doing something very right raising him. He will be a teenager next year – I hope it lasts through.
Miss you already Jeremiah! Hope your flight is good and that you eat something other than the candy I packed for you! I love you xxxxx