Most of the team arrived here last evening from many corners of the US; Florida, MA, Maine, and North Carolina. The rest of the crew arrived today! We flew into San Diego airport and were greeted by Steve, our crew chief, and transported to our hotel where we will be staying and prepping for the race for the next couple of day before it begins this Tuesday at noon.
Today, we had a chance to get to know one another, see some of this gorgeous Pacific coast area, and get over any jet lag anyone may be feeling. We are staying in Carlsbad, CA about 20 minutes from Oceanside. I personally have never been to California and am struck by the beauty of the coast, the comfortable air with low humidity, and the very friendly people. I headed over to the Oceanside Pier with Steve this morning for him to take care of the team’s registration. After waiting in line for a bit with other teams and racers, he pick up the required vehicle stickers and all of the other documents necessary for RAAM. Most of us met for lunch and our first team meeting. Then individually, we starting rolling on our jobs. Leslie is cooking some food ahead for the road, and the rest of us are taking care of equipment, supplies, preparing the RV, etc.
Here are a few shots from our day so far. We’d love to also have you follow along over on Marshall’s official Facebook page for the most recent info on how his journey is progressing, and photos from the road.
We are all very excited and honored to be here to support Marshall in this 2014 Race Across America. Go Marshall! Go Team!
~ Nanette Gordon