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Published: November 10th 2017
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So, we skipped the Friday practice at the track. Smart move on our part.
We got up and got ready for the track early Saturday morning. When we went to board the bus at 7:30AM it was pouring rain at a 45 degree angle. The wind was blowing about 30 miles an hour. On the way to the track, they announced that the gates wouldn't open until 10:00AM. We turned around and headed back to the hotel. Then they announced that the gates would open at noon. So we went back to our room and hung out until 11:15AM, then back on the bus. It was still pouring! We got to the track at noon and proceeded to gear up and head on out to our grand stand. By the time we got there our hiking boots were soaked thru. So much for the waterproofing spray! The rest of the rain gear was working out OK. Our umbrellas though kept turning inside out. We had to hold them almost straight in front of us for them to work at all. We found our grandstand and decided that there was no way we could sit there for even 5
minutes. We found a tent that sold sodas and snacks and hunkered down with about 200 of our new closest friends. We waited and waited and waited. They kept delaying the qualifying session. Finally at 4:00PM they announced that qualifying would be at 9:00AM on Sunday morning. Crap!!! So we slogged back to the main grandstand to wait for the bus to show up to take us back to our hotel. We left the track at 5:30PM.
We got back to our hotel and removed our hiking boots and literally poured water out of them into the sink. We removed our coats and started hanging everything all over the room. I got out the room hair drier and the one we brought and started drying everything. All of a sudden we were in total darkness! We blew the breaker for our room and there wasn't a box in the room. I called the front desk and they had to send up a repairman. After that I used only one hair drier.
Sunday morning it was still raining and windy. We left the hotel at 7:30AM again and headed to the track. We got there and geared up again. This time
I had on my nice tennis shoes as these were the only other pair of shoes, besides sandals, that I had brought. They lasted longer than the hiking boots. I also put some plastic bags in them to try to keep my feet drier.
We went up into our seats and with an umbrella to the windward side of us, we snuggled together. They finally got qualifying going. There are supposed to be 3 qualifying sessions, but after the 2nd one they said that was enough. We booked over to the beer garden to get out of the weather. We hung out there with about 350 of our new closest friends. After about an hour they announced that they were going to run a support race of Porsches, so we went back to our grandstand to watch. After that, back to the beer garden.
Finally, around 12:30PM, the rain started to subside. The race went off at 2:00PM. It had stopped raining by then. The race was actually pretty good, as there was a lot more passing on the wet track.
The rest of the place was a disaster. There was mud everywhere. They had the port a
potties in a grassy area. It was soon a small lake. then a muddy quagmire. People were losing their shoes in the mud! There were people walking around in mud up to their knees. What a mess. After the race we had to walk back to the main grandstand to pick up the bus. Every inch of the sidewalk was covered in mud! So our second pair of shoes were wet and muddy. Stacy threw her shoes away when we got back to the hotel. On Monday morning we stopped at a shoe store so she could purchase a new pair. I cleaned mine up at the track a little and after they dried I brushed off most of the mud.
Our room was covered in wet clothes for a second day.
On Monday morning, we got up and checked out of the hotel. We drove to San Antonio, where we will be spending 2 nights.
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