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    I'm Doing RAAM and Need Volunteers

    Well, Iím not riding in the RAAM but manning Time Station 1. I need two volunteers.

    What do you have to do? Not much. I did it last year so I should be able to dig out all the info we have to have on hand for the teams (nearest hospitals, gas, WalMarts, etc.) Since the station is only 55 miles from the start, the teams donít need much. We mostly just sit under an awning and shoot the breeze for a few hours on two days. When the teams roll through we answer questions and look at the bikes and team car setups.

    What you need. Youíll have to commit to two partial days, I think a Saturday and a Tuesday. The Saturday is most of the day and the Tuesday is maybe 4 hours. Iíll have all the details hopefully next week. There should be at least two-three people there all the time. If you volunteer and then you decide you canít make it, there are no excuses for flaking out on me. If you die and canít make it, please give me at least one weeksí notice and a replacement person.

    Youíll also need a chair, a hat and some water. Itís hot up there in June. Maybe a camera so you can take pictures of the bikes.

    Where is ďup thereĒ? The beautiful Lake Henshaw resort parking lot. For those of you who ride around here, itís the lake at the bottom of Palomarís East Grade Road. For those of you not from around here, the address is 26439 Highway 76, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070.

    What you get. Last year I got a t-shirt, a cycling cap and some little Clif bars. You also get to see all the cool bikes up close. And lunch or dinner from the restaurant.

    Thereís some pictures of last yearís festivities at http://www.sandiegorandonneurs.com/p..._RAAM_TS1.html and http://www.sandiegorandonneurs.com/p..._RAAM_TS1.html

    If youíre interested, send me a PM or email me at grumpypig@yahoo.com

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    Sounds like a nice opportunity for the right people....
    May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alicestrong View Post
    Sounds like a nice opportunity for the right people....
    Come down early on Saturday, June 7, have a leisurely 28 mile RT ride on E. Grade Rd, lunch at the lake cafe and catch the women's teams. You'll be home before dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy Pig View Post
    Come down early on Saturday, June 7, have a leisurely 28 mile RT ride on E. Grade Rd, lunch at the lake cafe and catch the women's teams. You'll be home before dark.


    Hmmm

    Interesting idea...a bit far for me. Amtrak??
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    I can do it on a saturday but i work on tuesdays all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photonick View Post
    I can do it on a saturday but i work on tuesdays all day.
    Excellent. PM me with your shirt size.

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    How's it going?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alicestrong View Post
    How's it going?
    OK. I've got a couple of volunteers/interested people. I was a volunteer last year so I know what to expect. Out of the 50-60 time stations this is the easiest since it's the first one.

    Do you need directions to the lake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy Pig View Post
    OK. I've got a couple of volunteers/interested people. I was a volunteer last year so I know what to expect. Out of the 50-60 time stations this is the easiest since it's the first one.

    Do you need directions to the lake?


    Sneaky...

    Anyone else interested in driving down there and helping out?
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    I and a couple of teammates/crew members may stop by and watch some of the action.
    "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." - Leonardo daVinci

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chucklehead View Post
    I and a couple of teammates/crew members may stop by and watch some of the action.
    Won't you see the same people when you're blowing by them later in the week?

    Quote Originally Posted by alicestrong View Post
    Sneaky...

    Anyone else interested in driving down there and helping out?
    I probably have enough people to man the event. I belong to a club that is sponsoring the station.

    Everybody is still welcome to come though. I thought it was fascinating last year but I'm easy to entertain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy Pig View Post
    Won't you see the same people when you're blowing by them later in the week?

    Hopefully. But they want to drive the first portion of the course, and I figure what better time?
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    GP... around what time do you expect the riders to be going thru? I might plan on driving out there, park my car and go up Palomar and then check out the action...

    Ian in SD

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanInSD View Post
    GP... around what time do you expect the riders to be going thru? I might plan on driving out there, park my car and go up Palomar and then check out the action...

    Ian in SD
    Probably around 3.

    The anticipated times are here: http://www.raceacrossamerica.org/sub.../08TSStats.pdf I received an email that said that the listed times are EST.

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    I am pretty sure I am taking the day off and me and chucklehead are planning on riding out to palomar to check it out
    If you are not crashin you are not riding hard enough

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    Still kind of slow at the start .

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    I'm thinking about heading down Saturday or Sunday. Looking at the RAAM website, I see only two solo females registered. Am I missing something, or are there really only two racers starting on Saturday? I'd rather catch the 20+ males starting on Sunday if that's the case, I think. Thanks for the help.

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    yup no mistake only two solo females taking off tomorrow
    If you are not crashin you are not riding hard enough

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    Nice little write up on our one and only. <--FRANK


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    Days 1 & 2 were fun. There are worse ways to spend a weekend than riding to the observatory then kicking back at the lake and napping. There were a bunch of cyclists that stopped by for snacks and water.

    The big news up there wasn't the RAAM; it was the Mongols MC campout at the La Jolla Indian reservation. There were at least 40 SDSO cars in packs of 6 along with the SWAT armored car and a helo. I saw several deputies with M-16s on traffic stops. Several RAAM crewmwmbers that were pre-driving the route asked if they were RAAM support. Umm...only if your'e unlucky.

    The cafe was busy.


    I was busy too.


    Two of Chucklehead's former crewmembers.


    The hometown (Poway) favorite, Janet Christiansen.


    Caroline Van De Bunk


    The sole 60+ solo man, Richard Rupp.


    This is more typical of the local interaction with the sherriffs.


    I'll download the pictures from Sunday later.

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    All right, Frank! Good job for getting out there to support those folks.



    Can't wait for more pics.

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    Pictures from Sunday. The solo riders, 24-hour corporate riders and Race Across the West riders came through.

    Lake Henshaw


    Another relaxing day.


    My feet got a little sunburned.


    Waiting for racers.


    Swamis in the lead!


    Jure Robicís team were easy to spot.


    Most of the crews wore uniforms.


    Waiting for a handoff.


    Here she comes.


    Bottle exchange.

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    I couldnít believe this guy went sleeveless in the sun. I hope he can move his arms today.


    Inside of a team van.


    Storck? Never heard of them.


    Captain Ron. He wolfed down a cheeseburger and fries in about 3 bites and took off.


    Captain Ronís crewmember Steve. He had a surfboard lashed to the top of their 4-Runner.


    #122 was cramping bad. They worked on him for over Ĺ hour. When he left, two crewmembers held his bike while he clipped in, then gave him a push.


    Token recumbent rider.

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    Storck is German. They make super-light frames like the Fascenario.

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    great pics!!!
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