Legend of Terms:
TBDC: Time Block Distance Covered. This is the amount of mileage covered during the current 2 hour period.
ODC: Overall Distance Covered. This is the total distance that the team has covered since Noon on Friday
MRL: Morale modifier
FTG: Fatigue Level
Notes: Any notes I have for your team during this time block. Including POI results, car issues, etc.
Weather Conditions: 76 degrees, clear
All vehicles are on US-26 West, OR-35 South, I-84 West, I-86 West
Upcoming POI (optional, let me know if you want to stop at them for rest/sightseeing): Farewell Bend State Recreational Area, Timberline Lodge, Summit Prairie.
Next Waypoint: Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area, The Dalles, Barlow Road, End of the Trail Interpretive Musem
TBDC: 127 mi OD: 1661 mi MRL: +1 FTG: +1 Notes: Optional POI: Farewell Bend State Recreation Area (20 minute rest). TEAM MORALE IS HIGH.
TBDC: 116 mi OD: 1897 mi MRL: +0 FTG: +4 Notes: Waypoints Completed: Barlow Road. AN INCIDENT HAS OCCURRED (No other teams involved0. PLEASE CHECK PMS.
TBDC: 73 mi OD: 1632 mi MRL: -5 FTG: +2 Notes: Team has refueled in Mountain Home, ID. AN INCIDENT HAS OCCURRED WITH TEAM ENTWHISTLE. PLEASE CHECK PMS.
TBDC: 57 mi OD: 1632 mi MRL: -4 FTG: +1 Notes: Optional POI completed: Farewell Bend State Recreation Area. TEAM MORALE IS HIGH. AN INCIDENT HAS OCCURRED WITH TEAM HIGHWAY HOOLIGANS. PLEASE CHECK PMS.
TBDC: 0 mi OD: 1722 mi MRL: +1 FTG: +3 Notes: Team has refueled in Pendleton, OR. Morale note: this is due to help from Team Southend, and the interactions between the two teams. A replacement ABS module has been procured from a junkyard, and removal of the old part is in process.
TBDC: 122 mi OD: 1803 mi MRL: +1 FTG: +1 Notes: Waypoint completed: Emigrant Spings. Team has refueled in Pendleton, OR.
TBDC: 118 mi OD: 1876 mi MRL: +0 FTG: +2 Notes: Waypoint completed: The Dalles. Team was detained roadside for a few minutes on OR-35 South by a state trooper who was not happy about their lack of hood. No citation issued.
TBDC: 115 mi OD: 1742 mi MRL: +1 FTG: +2 Notes: Waypoint completed: Emigrant Spings. Team has refueled in Pendleton, OR. TEAM MORALE IS HIGH.
TBDC: 74 mi OD: 1692 mi MRL: -1 FTG: +2 Notes: Progressive clutch failure: Speeds over 50 MPH are now impossible. Fuel economy penalty due to bad clutch. Clutch isn’t liking the mountains. Fuel low.
TBDC: 0 mi OD: 1722 mi MRL: +1 FTG: +3 Notes: Morale note: this is due to helping from Team Rice Box, and the interactions between the two teams. A replacement ABS module has been procured from a junkyard, and removal of the old part is in process.
TBDC: 120 mi OD: 1843 mi MRL: +0 FTG: +4 Notes: Power loss continues to get slightly worse.
TBDC: 123 mi OD: 1881 mi MRL: +1 FTG: +3 Notes: Waypoint completed: The Dalles. TEAM MORALE IS HIGH.
The following vehicles are in packs or close together:
Just after 10am
Fuzz’s phone dinged as a message came in. He swiped the screen to life and read the text. The contents were somewhat disturbing. He pursed his lips, figuring out what to do with this new information.
A minute later, he spoke to his sister. “Hey, I want to get out and stretch my legs in a little bit.”
“Why? We’re making great time!”
“So? We’re still dead last. I don’t think we’re gonna get any better than that, so let’s just enjoy the ride now.”
“But we’ve got to beat those Hooligans!” she protested.
“I’ll keep an eye on them, but last I checked they weren’t doing good,” he bluffed. “Doesn’t look like their car’s gonna hold up.”
Jen sighed. “That’s a shame. I was looking forward to making them eat our dust. Again.”
Fuzz ignored the comment. Instead, he dug at the screen of his phone, trying to find someplace they could stop for a few. “Here. Farewell Bend. Says this is where emigrants going west camped for the last time along the Snake River before making the tough journey over the Blue Mountains. Less water, rougher terrain for them pretty much all the way to the end of the trail.”
“Alright,” she agreed quietly.
Fuzz nodded, hiding his immediate relief at not having to try to pass the Hooligans just yet.
“Damn, something’s going on,” Jen noted as the third cruiser blasted past them in the opposite direction, lights ablaze. This one was another Baker County Sheriff’s deputy, but the Oregon State Patrol was also apparently involved with whatever incident had drawn their local brethren.
Fuzz nodded. “Wish I had a scanner. It’s weird having this big of a response way out here in the boonies.”’
“Hope everyone’s alright, whatever it is,” Jen added.
Yeah, probably not, Fuzz thought. He didn’t have the heart to tell his sister that it very well could have been them. And that it might have been a matter of mere minutes that made the difference.
Edit: I derped and initially wrote the wrong timeframe somewhere. Possibly more than once. Thanks @stm316 for figuring it out for me.