Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Car Club presents:
Mo'rain - a leaf-peepers road rally
Coordinates: 40.759244, -80.115405
This will be a tour rally of about 100 miles using tulip instructions with lots of mileages given. Roads are both paved and unpaved, and vary greatly from fresh, smooth macadam to unmaintained paved roads with subsidence wallows. The dirt roads are generally in great shape, several tar-n-chip sections have been recently redone. If it doesn't rain, it will be dusty. Suitable for any family car: the height limit is 10'-0" and the weight limit is 5 tons. Brakes really need to be reliable: there are some twisty, narrow downhills. There are many sights to be seen, and a lot of antique cars have been spotted roaming the roads while I've been working out the route. If we're lucky, Kermit the Muscle Car will be at home. (yes, it's that green).
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For starters - there should be two of you in the car: a driver, and a navigator (who isn't inclined to get car-sick reading while moving, or has an antidote for it).
Bring a mechanically sound car* that has a tenths -reading odometer (a resettable trip odometer can be a help), a clipboard, a four function calculator, several working pens, a set of highlighters (for marking up the route instructions) and post-it notes.
If you can choose between a mechanical odometer that "rolls" and a digital display, the mechanical will enable you to interpolate to the hundredths. If you only have the digital tenths, then you'll have to do a lot more "guessing" in between the numbers clicking over. We have folks who have gotten good at this with practice!
While every team has their own procedure, it's useful to be able to highlight things like speed changes, and free zones (remember - there is a tutorial to get you started!) so that "on the road" it helps you remember them better. The post-its are to stick on your dashboard to remind the driver of the assigned speeds and what the active course following priorities are.
Also - having a good map of the area that includes secondary (and tertiary roads) can be very helpful if you get lost and can't regain the rally course.
*While a cell phone and a AAA membership can't hurt, a lot of the time, we'll be traveling on roads that are well off the beaten track, and you may not have much of a description of where you are! "Well - we got here by turning left after "Snodgrass", then right at T, and left by protection... " While a GPS unit probably won’t help you very much while running the rally, it may be very useful for telling AAA where you are if you break down.