After setting up the bare bones of our pits, we pretty much rolled out the car and flat towed it to inspection. We wanted to try to get that done today because it’s going to get crazy tomorrow. We got in a very small line around 4:30 and were one of the last ones to go through for the day.
This tech inspection was completely different from the first time we were here. I’m guessing that since they’ve inspected it before they don’t go over it as much the next time around. After going through the various items on the check list such as all the fire safety gear you need to wear and where the fire extinguisher nozzles are aimed in the car, she passed with flying colors. If you aren’t familiar, there is a very detailed rule book that you must follow with varying rules depending upon the class of vehicle that you are running. Also, as with child safety gear, some of the safety items expire or must be re-certified to make them legal to use again. That applies to items such as seatbelts and helmets. All of this information is kept in a log book which must be presented at the time of inspection. And yes, that is a really big hat!
For the initial run he will have to keep it under 150 and then step up his license to the next level. They are very diligent about keeping to these rules and do not take kindly if you do not follow them. If you don’t, your car could be impounded, and not for a good reason!
We did have a lot of people snapping photos already today. We’ve pitted near a few different groups we’ve gotten to know over the years, one being from Reading. There were actually quite a bit of people here already today so I’m anticipating this to get pretty full, especially since they haven’t had it for two years.
Back at the hotel, the bug got to sit in with the other cool cars. It gets to be like a mini car show out front and it got to be included. Nothing like a Beetle with a car seat in it at a car show!
A quick update as of Thursday early afternoon. We made it onto the salt without any problems. Just starting to set up our pits and hoping to get our car into line to go through tech inspection today. The bug got unloaded smoothly and it’s happy to finally be untied.
We even had our porta pot delivered already. I mean, who goes on a vacation and rents their own toilet? With two women on this trip, bet you money we were getting our own. I’ve been here before and know what these men can do to them in a few days in the hot sun. No thanks! We did get the quote already though. The porta pot guy came and asked, “Where do you want your honey bucket?” You just don’t hear that every day.
Today proved to be just as uneventful as the other three days of traveling. Which is a good thing! We left Laramie, WY this morning and drove another 450 miles to end up in Ogden, UT. We will be on the salt tomorrow.
We went through everything from flatlands to huge mountains. It’s amazing the different types of landscapes that can occur in a short time. Or like most of the day, it was a whole lot of nothin’. Other than the free range cattle that seem to go wherever they want to, we didn’t see much of anything. I know people like this type of landscape but I’ll stick to green trees and hills.
To those of you wondering, our two year old traveler is doing great. It’s a bit more time consuming with a toddler in tow but she is a trooper and making the best of it. I’m just glad we are finally in Utah since she has been asking the whole trip if we were in Utah yet.
In keeping with my quotes for the day, the one I decided to go with just made me laugh. And yes, he did. Brock says, “Dude, it stinks in there.” And Cale says, “Oh,let me go smell it.”
We ended up staying last night in Atlantic, Iowa along historic Route 6. We were slightly off the beaten path but worth the drive. Route 6 is known for going all the way from New York to California. I am being told by my travel mates that it goes through Coudersport and Smethport in Pa and that Smethport is where the ever fun Wooly Willy children’s toy is from. I should preface that I am not fact checking anything I’m being told. Most of the things they tell me I don’t much care about anyway so if anyone has any information telling another story, feel free to correct me. I’m just so used to the useless facts that I just glaze over most of them.
Anyway, I enjoy the Iowa landscape. It has such lush, nice rolling hills. We took Route 6 from our hotel for a while to meet back up with 80. This was an excellent way to truly see the American landscape since you don’t always get to see it from the interstate.
I have to stop saying that we live in the middle of no where. We traveled almost 600 miles and most of it consisted of corn, soy beans and grazing cattle. The distance people have to go to for school or work in some of these places makes our drives laughable. I do love to see when the farm machinery is pulled up to to the house though, that’s always a funny sight.
We ate in Pine Bluffs again this trip and tried to talk Cale into the Rocky Mountain oysters but he didn’t go for it. Not much else worth mentioning except the quote for today which is more cute than funny. From the mouth of a two year old after waking up in the truck, “Mommy, it’s a really nice day out. A really nice day to watch tv.”
We ended up getting to Fremont, IN last night which put us roughly 500 miles into the trip. We’ve been on the road for quite a while today and have encountered the typical construction and bad roads that come along with any type of traveling. I have to say, Indiana, your roads are the worst so far!
For the farmers that are following, here is the crop report. It seemed like Ohio and Indiana were pretty dry and we’re doing quite a bit of irrigating. Illinois and Iowa crops are looking nice and green. Looks like they will have a good year!
We did make it to the ever impressive Iowa 80 truck stop again, a favorite among the group. This time Cale got to experience it and seeing as how he is a major big rig enthusiast, it was a big hit. If you’ve never been, you can get a shower, see a movie, get dental work done or even a haircut. This is in addition to the 900 truck parking spots it has. We tried to get Cale to shave his head since his mom wasn’t with us but he wouldn’t bite. He did pick up an old trucker movie which was enough to make him happy.
I know I talked about some of the first time we made our trip but if anyone wants to know what our dpf soot levels are or our exhaust gas temperatures are, I can fill you in. I just didn’t want to bore you with all that! On that note, imagine how I feel having to listen to it every five minutes. And to think not having Andy and Steve’s dad with this time, I thought maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. Wrong! Brock has filled in that spot as much as one could. It’s like traveling with the people from the Big Bang Theory and I have no clue what they are talking about. Not that I want to.
We wil keep traveling through picturesque Iowa trying to make it to Nebraska tonight. We haven’t seen anything really weird to report but I’m going to try to give you a quote each day that I thought I’d never hear or say. Today it was, “Where is the bathroom? It’s over there by the hubcap sculpture.” And I’ll leave that to your imagination.
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Well everyone, the time has finally arrived. We have left good ole’ Berrysburg, Pa to travel the roughly 2,200 miles cross country to the Bonnevile Salt Flats. I’d like to welcome everyone back that followed us on our previous adventures and also to any new friends we have aquired since then. To those of you who are not aware, we planned this trip last year but due to poor salt conditions, the entire event was cancelled as was the year before. So, I am anticipating a large group of racers that have been lacking in salt intake the past two years.
Since we have a teenager with us, we decided to also do the cool thing and opened an Instagram account. For those of you that would like to follow there, you can go to @vonwelker_racing. He will probably post more photos throughout the week than I will since they are always on their phones.
Our plans are to arrive on the salt on Thursday. I’ll try to post everyday with random sighting from across the country since it seems like everyone that follows also enjoys that part of the blog just as much as Speed Week itself. I’m just here to entertain you with my random thoughts and roadside attractions that you may never get to see for yourself. Not that you want to but where else will you learn about a town with a 60′ Jolly Green Giant?
Against my better judgement, we decided to stay in a camper in a parking lot provided to racers. Needless to say we are pretty close to the runway. No need for alarm clocks here, the echoing sound of engines revving at 6:00 in the morning is all you need. Mix that sound with the cool fall morning air and it sets the mood for a great day of racing. Things started promptly at 8:00 in the morning and kept a steady pace of motorcycles and cars headed down the track with the hopes of proving that their vehicle could be pushed further, even if it was just a little bit.
The Bitch got her first run in early and went 154 in the mile. This was the second rookie run and was supposed to stay around 150 mph. Now he could open her up but he felt as if she had given all she had with the current gear set. So, we got right back in line and did a gear swap. This intrigued quite a few people since it was the first she took off her top to show everyone what she was hiding underneath. She also got a change in her fuel mixture with anticipation that it may give her a little boost.
The second run for the day was around 11:30 and the clouds were finally starting to open up to show off a beautiful Ohio day. Unfortunately the slight changes that were made didn’t help. She ran 153 at the mile. Not at all a bad thing especially when you consider we are still on a learning curve and nothing was broken. Due to a long trip ahead of us, this would be the last run at this event. Either way, she came away a record holder. It really helps when there isn’t a current record in the class you run, but we’ll take it!
This trip was especially nice for us. For the first time, we were able to have some additional friends and family members with us to show their support. Cora was also along for the trip and provided additional entertainment, especially when she wanted to ride in the bellytank and people walked up to look in only to find a tiny racecar driver inside. It’s a sport for all ages to say the least! Again, thanks for everyone following us and keep checking back for updates or let us know if you would like to buy a t-shirt to help support the Blonde Bitch.