Twas the night before Tall Pines and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring....well except for the co driver, preparing the recce and route books, oh and team 'management' Nigel and Lou drinking while trying to blow the doors off the new fire in the cottage, oh and Nick lying on the couch not doing much but downing Steamwhistle!
We've all made it here to the little cottage outside of Bancroft which is incredibly cozy and warm with a fire blazing in the main room. With the registration complete the team ended up at Vito's in town for a great pre-recce meal. Always a favorite on rally weekends.
The team is basically relaxing at this point (even Kelly working on the notes doesn't seem too stressed!) and having a few beers to relax. We're all strategizing on the best tire choice for the rally, but until we actually see the weather the morning of then who knows. In driving the car back to the cottage this evening we were on gravel tires just for moving the car around and all we know right now is that there's NO WAY we're going out on those in anything like this temperature! There was absolutely NO traction on the side cottage road. Basically at this point looking at A034, R2 or Tractionized ice.
Recce tomorrow morning is at 6:45 for the meeting, so we'll be out the door just before 6 to take the car over to the service area and get situated.
The rally excitement is starting to flow at this point and it'll be really interesting to see how much snow is out on some of the deep woods stages! I'd like to be able to run the A0's and not rip them to pieces, but who knows.
Let the fun start in the morning!!
(After maybe one more beer ;-).....