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One Last Hurrah [FINAL RESULTS]


#261

Team Mountain Pass

Team Bio
Day 3, 8 - 10AM

Day Three, 10AM to Noon

Well, that was a nightmare! Turns out the sand and mud wasn’t as frozen as we hoped and the rear wheel drive configuration in our Bogliq made the whole experience one of spinning tyres, trying to maintain momentum and terrifying moments when we thought we’d become bogged. In our attempt to traverse terrain unsuited to our car’s abilities we’d managed to tear up the road a substantial amount, rendering the route almost undriveable. Hopefully no-one follows our path or else they may find themselves biting off more than they can chew!

We thought we’d made it through unscathed but, near the end of the detour, Andrew hit a patch of frozen mud. The Bogliq’s rear wheels then spun instead of gripping which slid the passenger rear quarter into a tree trunk. They then managed to find grip which resulted in a 30cm long scrape being left on the panel. Thankfully the fuel flap wasn’t impaired and there was no damage to the fuel filler neck so we got off lightly, thankfully…

After that tiring, terrifying exercise in potential disaster we pointed our mud-caked Bogliq onwards; our hearts gladdened by our return to civillisation and sealed roads! The car seemed no worse for wear and we wanted to press our advantage so we raided our supplies for a lunch on the run. Things were starting to look up for team Mountain Pass… We might actually have a shot at winning!

TO BE CONTINUED

Distance covered: 76 miles
Overall distance: 1063 miles
Fuel state: 1/3rd of a tank
Overall fuel used: 3 and 2/3rds tanks
Morale: -1 (+11) We damaged the car :sob:
Fatigue: +5 (+5) RWD and mud are a terrible combination! :sweat:


#262

Team Redneck Day 3 10-12, If you have to say Yee Haw your having too much fun

Otis and Jake, “YEEEEE HAAAAWWW!!!”

Even though they were following team Pitstop to make sure they made it out of the mess they were zig zagging all over the road from bar ditch to bar ditch depending on which one looked more interesting to them. Snow and mud are flying everywhere as the engine roared with the truck bounces violently through the not part of the road sections.

Jake and Otis singing badly over the CB, “Dashing through the snow in a big redneck sled… mud right!!.. over the road we go… Whooooo yeah!!!.. laughing all the way”

Once they return to the paved road they stop long enough to unlock the front hubs and return to 2 wheel drive.


#263

Legend of Terms:

POI NOTE: Blah blah blah you know the drill by now.

BD: Block Distance. This is the amount of mileage covered during the current 2 hour period.
OD: Overall Distance. This is the total distance that the team has covered since the event started.
AT: Ambient Temperature
FS: Fuel Status. Approximate fuel reading. May also include other fuel related concerns.
MRL: Morale modifier
FTG: Fatigue Level
Last Town: Last town of note that was passed (will not include tiny villages)
Next Waypoint: Should be self explanatory.
Notes: Any notes I have for your team during this time block. Including POI results, car issues, etc.

SATURDAY, 12PM - 2PM

VicVictory:
BD: 110 mi OD: 1291 mi AT: 39 F FS: 3/4 MRL: +0 FTG: +5 Last Town: Saxon, WI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team has refueled in Bruce Crossing, MI. Team is starting to feel slightly fatigued.

@Madrias
BD: 132 mi OD: 1215 mi AT: 38 F FS: 1/3 MRL: +0 FTG: +4 Last Town: Sidnaw, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Ongoing issue: Check Engine Codes: P0130, P0420, P0508

@Mr.Computah
BD: 111 mi OD: 1181 mi AT: 38 F FS: 3/4 MRL: +0 FTG: +4 Last Town: Three Lakes, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team has refueled in Munising, MI.

@Jaimz
BD: 110 mi OD: 1250 mi AT: 38 F FS: FULL MRL: +0 FTG: +4 Last Town: Merriweather, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team has refueled in Bruce Crossing, MI

@Awildgermanappears


BD: 0* mi OD: 989* mi AT: 37 F FS: 2/3 MRL: -5 FTG: +4 Last Town: Raco, MI
CRITICAL FAILURE: Transmission gives up the ghost about halfway through the detour.
Final morale: +2 (okay) Final fatigue: +6 (just fine)

@BobLoblaw
BD: 106 mi OD: 1174 mi AT: 38 F FS: 3/4 MRL: +0 FTG: +4 Last Town: Three Lakes, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team has refueled in Munising, MI

@Zabhawkin
BD: 122 mi OD: 1221 mi AT: 38 F FS: REFUEL IN PROGRESS MRL: +0 FTG: +5 Last Town: Bruce Crossing, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team pulls in to Bruce Crossing to refuel at exactly 2pm. Team is starting to feel slightly fatigued.

@HighOctaneLove
BD: 120 mi OD: 1185 mi AT: 37 F FS: 3/4 MRL: +0 FTG: +6 Last Town: Three Lakes, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: TEAM MORALE IS HIGH. Team has refueled in Munising, MI. Team is starting to feel slightly fatigued.

@DoctorNarfy
BD: 109 mi OD: 1251 mi AT: 39 F FS: 2/3 MRL: +0 FTG: +7 Last Town: Merriweather, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team has refueled in Ishpeming, MI. Team is a little tired.

@FindRED19
BD: 4 mi OD: 1142 mi AT: 38 F FS: FULL MRL: +2 FTG: +0 Last Town: Ishpeming, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team has refueled in Ishpeming, MI. The team has stopped for lunch and a POI break (Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum) in Ishpeming, MI.

@stm316
BD: 97 mi OD: 1154 mi AT: 37 F FS: FULL MRL: +0 FTG: +4 Last Town: Three Lakes, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: ONGOING ISSUE: Ticking and unusual RPM drop during shifts. Team has refuled in Munising, MI

@Mythrin
BD: 107 mi OD: 1154 mi AT: 37 F FS: FULL MRL: +0 FTG: +5 Last Town: Ishpeming, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team has refueled in Ishpeming, MI

@abg7
BD: 61 mi OD: 1050 mi AT: 37 F FS: 3/4 MRL: +0 FTG: +4 Last Town: Seney, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team has completed the mandatory detour

@LordLetto
BD: 54 mi OD: 989* AT: 37 F FS: FULL MRL: +0 FTG: +4 Last Town: Raco, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: TEAM MORALE IS HIGH. Team has entered the United States. Team has refueled in Sault Saint Marie, MI. Team is currently in the mandatory detour, attempting to find a short, quick route. DETOUR CONDITIONS: muddy, sandy, heavily rutted.

@cpufreak101
BD: 107 mi OD: 1195 mi AT: 35 F FS: FULL MRL: +0 FTG: +5 Last Town: Three Lakes, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team has refueled in Ishpeming, MI

Vehicles that are traveling in packs:

Note: vehicles within ~5 miles of each other are within CB range.


Team Moss Boss

“And there we go. We’re in Wisconsin now,” Kyle noted.

“Looks just as boring as most of Upper Michigan.”

“Yeah. The forests were great. The endless mining and farming towns? Not so much.”

Hank yawned. “Well, Minnesota’s coming up soon enough. And so is dinner.”

“That can’t come fast enough,” Kyle added.

Hank agreed.


*When teams get to 989 miles, their mileage will not increment, as that is the “start” of the detour. Once they are back onto the main course afterward, they will start at mile 1014. The pace through the detour is determined by your AF, TE, and whether it’s the short or long route.


#264

Team Mountain Pass

Team Bio
Day 3, 10AM - Noon

Day Three, Noon to 2PM

The American countryside turned out to be just as featureless as in Canada, that is, if you consider constant forest to be a lack of features! We basically felt like we were hurtling down a stage in a tarmac rally, tall trees either side and naught but the road to suggest civillisation is near; which kinda explains why Andrew managed to cover 120 miles this session.

We stopped at a little town called Munising for fuel. As per usual for these quick stops, I filled the tank and paid for the fuel while Andrew cleaned the front and rear windscreen and checked under the bonnet for any signs of trouble. The stop did reveal one thing; we were starting to feel the crushing weight of all the travelling we’d done so far… Nothing terrible, just a weariness that sets in behind the eyes then slowly makes your whole body feel like you’re stuck in honey and you can’t break free.

Having completed our tasks we pressed on; plenty more driving to do yet! I estimated that we’d have to do two more sessions before we could stop for dinner then another full session before bed. Things were looking up for us and we just might win so long as we play the odds and don’t make any rash decisions… Wish us luck!

TO BE CONTINUED

Distance covered: 120 miles
Overall distance: 1183 miles
Fuel state: 3/4 of a tank
Overall fuel used: 4 and 1/4 tanks
Morale: +0 (+11) We’re in the rhythm and nothing can stand in our path. :face_with_monocle:
Fatigue: +6 (+11) We’ve driven a long way over the last couple of days! :open_mouth:


#265

Team Redneck day 3 12-2pm

With the fun road behind them Jake and Otis continue on the paved road. The black truck is now brown with now drying mud. Jake has been taking a nap against the B pillar and door with his hat pulled down. When they get to Bruice crossing Jake climbs on the hood to clean the windshield which leaves a muddy mess in the window washer bucket, while Otis fills the truck.

Otis flips the switch on the CB booster and presses the mic button, “This is the Redneck Express, we are stopping in Bruce Crossing at Char’s Cafe for lunch, yall welcome to join us”


#266

V6 Vandals - D3 10-Noon - “A Plan”


“So that’s how they got their camera crew through the mud bath.” Luke said, looking as they passed the parked Pit Stop US team. “Good ol’ Serenity, a Mk2. Bet they had no problems crawling through the mud in that.”

“Good thing they’re not using help from the camera crew. Depending on the engine, they could have quite a bit of power on demand.” Amy replied. Cody and Jake just grinned and went back to watching traffic as the scenery turned into a blur.

A short while later, Luke flicked on the high-beams as he got ready to pass the Communitasia. “And now they have some prick dressed up as Hitler.” Luke said. “Remind me after we stop for the O2 sensor that we need to also get some steel plumbing parts and some preferably used welding equipment. Oh, and instead of a barrel sized for potatoes, we’re launching soup cans.”

“Soup cans!? Are you crazy!?” Jake asked, realizing what could possibly happen.

“Dressing up like old Communist party leaders is one thing. Dressing up like the world’s biggest mass murderer means you fucking deserve whatever happens. It’s a good thing I’m no longer given military supplies, or I’d be using a proper rifle and not a can cannon.” Luke responded. “And my aim is good enough that I’ll only wreck their car.”

As they passed, Luke pulled an overly aggressive downshift and floored it, unleashing 2.7 liters of turbocharged V6 fury on the Communitasia, and leaving them mired in a fog of oil smoke for several miles before Luke eased off and put the Truckling back in 6th gear.

“We’re gonna need to fix that.” Cody said, looking at the expanding blue cloud behind the truck. “We’re fogging up the whole road.”

Just then, a message came in from the Redneck Express with a very hot signal.

Luke ran a quick calculation, then said, “They’ve got to be just barely out of normal CB range. I’d guess 6, maybe 7 miles. Well within the range I can work with, and without blowing out their equipment, either.” He then adjusted the signal power to be clear without distortion and replied to Team Redneck.

“Vandals here. That’s sadly a negative from us. We’ve got a money light and smoke to fix before we can think about that. Got a parts store a little way ahead of you we’re headed to.”


MRL: +10 (NC)
FTG: +6 (+4)
WAY: 4
GAS: 1/3
FST: 4
OIL: 1 quart


#267

Otis, “Gotcha on the money light, there’s a Carquest on the corner across from the gas station in Bruce Crossing.”


#268

OOC: I have been to Munising, it’s a lovely town. Also there are a lot of cool waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula.

TEAM OUTRIDERS


Zach: Oh God! Who the hell did that? (rolls down window) That should be banned by the Geneva Convention!

Marc: He he he.

Blake: What are you… Oh! Son of a bitch!

Luigi: Jesus! Do you have ass cancer or something?

Marc: Air buildup. Speaking of which, have we any thoughts on lunch?

Blake: I’ll take care of it.

(Time passes)

(ring ring)

Blake: Hello? Hello Sweetie. She did? That’s wonderful! (to the others in the car) Sally passed her driving test!

Marc, Zach, Luigi: All right!

Blake: Yeah? She did what? chuckle Oh no, of course that wasn’t funny. Well, she didn’t get out of the truck right? Well, not enough people are using hand signals, I think she could be setting a good example. Just that one signal huh? Eh, it’ll be fine. She passed. Yeah, put her on. Hey squash!

Luigi: Squash?

Zach: Dad always though “pumpkin” was too cliche.

Marc: What does he call your other sister?

Zach: Gourd.

Luigi: You’re joking!

Zach: I wish I was.

Marc: And what was his pet name for you?

Zach: Nice try.

Blake: I’m proud of you. Oh, we’re having a blast. Zach’s driving. No, he’s not getting us killed. Your brother is an excellent driver. Uh huh. I love you too. Bye.

Zach: How long until we hit the next town? We’re getting pretty low on fuel.

Luigi: Munising should be within the next ten miles.

Zach: So Sally was using your road rage driving technique?

Blake: It’s not road rage if you don’t get out of the car!

Marc: You say that like you’re familiar with it.

Zach: He gave me the same advice when I was learning to drive. I almost flunked.

(time passes, the car is at a gas station in Munising)

Luigi: All looks good.

Blake: Okay, let’s get lunch started. (wraps a number of hotdogs in aluminum foil and places them in various spots around the engine bay.

Luigi: I don’t think we’ve done this with this engine.

Blake: Should be fine, these old 432s like to run hot. They’ll be plenty cooked.

Luigi: Hopefully not burnt.

Blake: I’ve got it worked out. Um, right here should work. (tucks a can of baked beans behind the intake plenum)

Marc: You guys done?

Blake: Yeah (closes hood) Where’s Zach?

Marc: Using the bathroom.

Luigi: He’s taking his dear sweet time.

(Zach returns a few minutes later.)

Luigi: Took you long enough, what were you doing, beating off in there?

Zach: No, if I was doing that I’d at least have something to show for it!

Marc: Whoa! There may be hope for your son yet Blake.

Zach: Let’s just go.


#269

Also OOC, in response to Bobloblaw’s OOC:

Never been to Michigan. But I’ve recently been to Minnesota and drove around it quite a bit. Very lovely country. And there’s a winery just a few miles from MSP that imports their grapes from Washington. I don’t know if sampling there soothed or exacerbated my homesickness… lol


#270

Team Letto Going Through the Detour Route Trying to Catch the Other Teams:




#271

Team Thunder Taxi, Part 13

Past the detour

Having completed the mandatory detour, the Thunder Taxi was now back on the main route. The previous segment had been completed without much fuss, so it was likely that the next few dozen miles would not trouble the Thunder Taxi either. But the detour had put them farther behind, and so Jack had another key decision to make: should he up the pace now or wait for conditions to improve further? That question would have to be answered sooner or later.

Meanwhile, Vince was wondering why they hadn’t heard from the Jager in a while.

“Hmm… They most likely dropped out while driving through the detour.”

“Given the poor reputation of early LTCs, that’s very likely…” Bob replied.

To which Chris responded with: “…but not absolutely certain.”

Jack said nothing in return. He was too busy pondering where to make rest stops, if he wanted to, and whether or not to go faster than before. But for now, the Thunder Taxi was holding up nicely.


#272

Team Shitbox Brothers


(You know the drill with the accents)

Gramps GT was holding strong. Soon a notification made Alejandro’s phone ring.

Alejandro: “Remember the guys in the Jager?”
Ana: “Aye. What about them?”
Alejandro: “Their trans decided to give up completely. They dropped out.”
Ana: “Tough luck. But we can’t stop now. We have the Bogliq real close and we should try to overtake them and besides, we have quite some catching up to do.”
Alejandro: “Got the perfect song for that.” Alejandro grabbed two cans of Conke Cola and passed one to Ana, and then played Hairspray Hurricane by Carpenter Brut. Ana then grabbed the microphone on their radio.
Ana: “Watch out team Mountain Pass, we’re coming for that booteh!”

And with that, Gramps GT kept roaring towards the horizon with a new goal to accomplish.


(@HighOctaneLove it’s on ya)


#273

Legend of Terms:

POI NOTE: Blah blah blah you know the drill by now.

BD: Block Distance. This is the amount of mileage covered during the current 2 hour period.
OD: Overall Distance. This is the total distance that the team has covered since the event started.
AT: Ambient Temperature
FS: Fuel Status. Approximate fuel reading. May also include other fuel related concerns.
MRL: Morale modifier
FTG: Fatigue Level
Last Town: Last town of note that was passed (will not include tiny villages)
Next Waypoint: Should be self explanatory.
Notes: Any notes I have for your team during this time block. Including POI results, car issues, etc.

SATURDAY, 2PM - 4PM

VicVictory:
BD: 89 mi OD: 1380 mi AT: 41 F FS: 1/2 MRL: +1 FTG: +2 Last Town: Duluth, MN Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: TEAM MORALE IS HIGH. Team is starting to feel slightly fatigued. Team is currently at the Dubh Linn Brew Pub in Duluth to eat and relax.

@Madrias
BD: 56 mi OD: 1271 mi AT: 39 F FS: FULL MRL: +0 FTG: +4 Last Town: Ironwood, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team has refueled in Bruce Corner, MI. Team has procured and replaced the front O2 sensor. Codes P0130 and P0508 have gone away. Ongoing issue: Check Engine Code: P0420. Team is starting to feel slightly fatigued.

@Mr.Computah
BD: 118 mi OD: 1299 mi AT: 39 F FS: 2/3 MRL: +0 FTG: +4 Last Town: Saxon, WI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team is starting to feel slightly fatigued.

@Jaimz
BD: 121 mi OD: 1371 mi AT: 39 F FS: 2/3 MRL: +0 FTG: +6 Last Town: Poplar, WI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team is starting to feel slightly fatigued

@BobLoblaw
BD: 119 mi OD: 1293 mi AT: 39 F FS: 1/3 MRL: +0 FTG: +6 Last Town: Poplar, WI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team is starting to feel slightly fatigued.

@Zabhawkin
BD: 36 mi OD: 1257 mi AT: 39 F FS: FULL MRL: +1 FTG: -2 Last Town: Bruce Crossing, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team has refueled in Bruce Crossing. Team has eaten lunch (dinner?) at Char’s Cafe in Bruce Crossing.

@HighOctaneLove
BD: 124 mi OD: 1309 mi AT: 39 F FS: 1/3 MRL: +0 FTG: +9 Last Town: Saxon, WI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: TEAM MORALE IS HIGH. Team is tired.

@DoctorNarfy
BD: 124 mi OD: 1375 mi AT: 39 F FS: 1/3 MRL: +0 FTG: +9 Last Town: Poplar, WI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team is tired.

@findRED19
BD: 121 mi OD: 1263 mi AT: 39 F FS: 2/3 MRL: +0 FTG: +2 Last Town: Bruce Crossing, WI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: None

@stm316
BD: 114 mi OD: 1268 mi AT: 39 F FS: 1/2 MRL: +0 FTG: +7 Last Town: Bruce Crossing, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: ONGOING ISSUE: Ticking and unusual RPM drop during shifts. Team is starting to feel slightly fatigued.

@Mythrin
BD: 117 mi OD: 1271 mi AT: 39 F FS: 2/3 MRL: +0 FTG: +7 Last Town: Bruce Crossing, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team is a litte tired.

@abg7
BD: 115 mi OD: 1166 mi AT: 37 F FS: 1/3 MRL: +0 FTG: +6 Last Town: Munising, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team is starting to feel slightly fatigued.

@LordLetto
BD: 78 mi OD: 1067 AT: 39 F FS: 3/4 MRL: +0 FTG: +6 Last Town: Seney, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: TEAM MORALE IS HIGH. Team has completed the mandatory detour. Team is feeling slightly fatigued.

@cpufreak101
BD: 116 mi OD: 1311 mi AT: 39 F FS: 2/3 MRL: +0 FTG: +7 Last Town: Saxon, WI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team is feeling slightly fatigued.

Vehicles that are traveling in packs:

Note: vehicles within ~5 miles of each other are within CB range.


Team Moss Boss

no RP… long day. But the boys are having good food and whiskey


#274

Team Mountain Pass

Team Bio
Day 3, Noon - 2PM

Day Three, 2PM to 4PM

It was barely five minutes after 2PM when we got the shock of our lives…

static “Watch out team Mountain Pass” more static "we’re coming for that booteh!”

A: “What the actual fuck!?!? This Bogliq’s possessed!!!”

P: “OMG, it came from the glovebox!”

A: “Did you just say OMG instead of Oh my God? I thought you weren’t down with the lingo of the streets!”

P: “Haha, very funny… looks in glovebox Turns out Kyle installed a CB radio!”

A: “He could have warned us… Why is it even on?”

P: “He hardwired it to the ignition switch. We’ve just been out of range all this time… I wonder who’s calling us?”

A: “No idea; just send back something appropriately witty and we’ll be on our way”

P: into microphone (OOC: @Mr.Computah) “Uh, had a slight weapons malfunction. But, uh, everything’s perfectly all right now. We’re fine. We’re all fine here, now, thank you. How are you?”

A: rolls eyes “Yup, that was real witty, positively brilliant… NOT!”

P: shrugs shoulders “It’ll keep 'em guessing for a while… Now let’s make like a tree and leave!!!”

Andrew then attempted to press ahead, which saw us travel an extra four miles over last session, but we really needed to have a break. I looked up Kyle’s list of places to stop at and found somewhere we shouldn’t have any trouble reaching at the end of the next session. Andrew and I were both looking forward to taking a break and a warm meal would be really special since our last cooked meal was at about 7:30AM this morning!

But for now, all we could do was press on, eat up the miles and pray that the good weather held on for another day…

TO BE CONTINUED

Distance covered: 124 miles
Overall distance: 1307 miles
Fuel state: 1/3rd of a tank
Overall fuel used: 4 and 2/3rds tanks
Morale: +0 (+11) We’re moving on up, moving on out, time to break free, nothing can stop us! :face_with_monocle:
Fatigue: +9 (+20) I’m so tired of waking up tired! :nerd_face:


#275

V6 Vandals - D3 Noon-2p - “Our Ishu has Issues”


“So, we’ve got the part installed, let’s see whether the O2 sensor fixed everything.” Luke said, clearing the codes before starting the engine. They’d just spent the better part of an hour buying a new O2 sensor and installing it, and so everyone was a little on-edge.

The light went out for a moment, then popped back up. “P0420. Catalyst Efficiency. So we’ve got a bad catalytic converter. Not surprising, we’ve got an oil leak, after all, and that’s not good for the converters.” Luke said.

“So, parts cannon, or drive it?” Jake asked.

“Drive it until it gets worse, then make a decision. We’ve got turbochargers, they’ll help with the power loss a little.” Amy responded.

“Can we go already, please? And let’s go get some fast food or something, I’m starving.” Cody said.

“So, fast food, then hit the road. Got it.” Luke said. He pulled into the line at the nearest McDonalds and then placed their order.

Soon after, the three living members of the team were eating some greasy goodness that comes from a bag, and Luke had his foot in the gas again, trying to make up lost time.


MRL: +10 (NC)
FTG: +10 (+4)
WAY: 4
GAS: 3/3
FST: 5
OIL: 1 quart


#276

Legend of Terms:

POI NOTE: Blah blah blah you know the drill by now.

BD: Block Distance. This is the amount of mileage covered during the current 2 hour period.
OD: Overall Distance. This is the total distance that the team has covered since the event started.
AT: Ambient Temperature
FS: Fuel Status. Approximate fuel reading. May also include other fuel related concerns.
MRL: Morale modifier
FTG: Fatigue Level
Last Town: Last town of note that was passed (will not include tiny villages)
Next Waypoint: Should be self explanatory.
Notes: Any notes I have for your team during this time block. Including POI results, car issues, etc.

SATURDAY, 4PM - 6PM

VicVictory:
BD: 0 mi OD: 1380 mi AT: 40 F FS: FULL MRL: +1 FTG: -3 Last Town: Duluth, MN Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: TEAM MORALE IS HIGH. Team has a good meal and spends some time relaxing at the Dubh Linn Brewpub. Team has refueled in Duluth.

@Madrias
BD: 119 mi OD: 1390 mi AT: 40 F FS: FULL MRL: +0 FTG: +6 Last Town: Duluth,MN Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Ongoing issue: Check Engine Code: P0420. Team is a little tired.

@Mr.Computah
BD: 123 mi OD: 1422 mi AT: 40 F FS: LOW MRL: +0 FTG: +6 Last Town: Gowan, MN Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team is a little tired.

@Jaimz
BD: 122 mi OD: 1493 mi AT: 41 F FS: 1/4 MRL: +0 FTG: +7 Last Town: Remer, MN Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team is a little tired. WEATHER CONDITION: Light rain.

@BobLoblaw
BD: 107 mi OD: 1400 mi AT: 40 F FS: FULL MRL: +0 FTG: +8 Last Town: Duluth, MN Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team has refueled in Duluth. Team is tired.

@Zabhawkin
BD: 116 mi OD: 1373 mi AT: 40 F FS: 2/3 MRL: +0 FTG: +1 Last Town: Poplar, WI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team is starting to feel slightly fatigued.

@HighOctaneLove
BD: 71 mi OD: 1380 mi AT: 40 F FS: 1/3 MRL: +0 FTG: +6 Last Town: Duluth, MN Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: TEAM MORALE IS HIGH. Team is very tired. Team has refueled in Duluth. Team has stopped for dinner at the Duluth Grill (this will bleed into next time period)

@DoctorNarfy
BD: 108 mi OD: 1483 mi AT: 41 F FS: 3/4 MRL: -2 FTG: +10 Last Town: Remer, MN Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: TEAM IS EXHAUSTED. WEATHER CONDITION: Light rain.

@findRED19
BD: 117 mi OD: 1380 mi AT: 39 F FS: REFUEL IN PROGRESS MRL: +0 FTG: +4 Last Town: Duluth, MN Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team is refueling in Duluth. Team is starting to feel slightly fatigued.

@stm316
BD: 112 mi OD: 1380 mi AT: 39 F FS: REFUEL IN PROGRESS MRL: +0 FTG: +9 Last Town: Duluth, MN Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: ONGOING ISSUE: Ticking and unusual RPM drop during shifts. Team is tired. Team is refueling in Duluth.

@Mythrin
BD: 109 mi OD: 1380 mi AT: 39 F FS: REFUEL IN PROGRESS MRL: +0 FTG: +9 Last Town: Duluth, MN Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team is tired. Team is refueling in Duluth.

@abg7
BD: 103 mi OD: 1269 mi AT: 37 F FS: FULL MRL: +0 FTG: +8 Last Town: Bruce Crossing, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team has refueled in Bruce Crossing. Team is tired.

@LordLetto
BD: 115 mi OD: 1182 AT: 39 F FS: 1/3 MRL: +0 FTG: +8 Last Town: Nestoria, MI Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: TEAM MORALE IS HIGH. Team is tired.

@cpufreak101
BD: 104 mi OD: 1415 mi AT: 39 F FS: FULL MRL: +0 FTG: +10 Last Town: Gowan, MN Next Waypoint: Itasca State Park, MN
Notes: Team has refueled in Duluth. Team is tired.

Vehicles that are traveling in packs:

Note: vehicles within ~5 miles of each other are within CB range.


Team Moss Boss

Mmmm… Scotch. Scotchy scotch scotch.

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#277

TEAM OUTRIDERS

(The Enforcer is moving merrily down the road)

Luigi: So wait a minute, you’re telling me you went to school with a guy named Richard Cox?

Marc: Yup.

Zach: Dick Cox?

(Everyone bursts out in laughter)

Blake: I can top that one. We had an Asian kid in our class, his name was Isoroku Roboto.

Luigi: Bullshit!

Blake: I shit you not.

Marc: He must have had a blast.

Blake: Actually he lucked out, that song didn’t come out until after we graduated.

(BLAM)

Zach: What the hell was that?

Blake: Pull over, let’s take a look.

(The car is pulled over, Blake and Luigi pop the hood and take a look.)

Blake: Aw, son of a bitch!

Zach: What is it?

Luigi: Fucking can of baked beans exploded, they’re everywhere!

Blake: Hotdogs are warm, we can at least eat those.

(What is left of lunch is retrieved and eaten on the fly. A smell of baked beans permeates throughout the car for the next hundred miles or so. Nothing really exciting happens until they reach Duluth, where they get gas, then stop by a quarter car wash to blast the engine bay clean of baked beans. Not long after they are back on the road.)

Blake: Hey, isn’t it that the Bogliq at the Duluth Grill over there?

Marc: So it is, didn’t recognize it not being on fire.

Zach: Are Bogliqs famous for that?

Luigi: Not that I know of, at least not all that common.

Blake: These poor bastards have had some rotten luck on these trips.

Marc: Here’s hoping they can at least finish this race.

Zach: We should probably start looking for a place to crash, I’m starting to feel a bit tired.

Blake: A couple hours more, then we’ll find somewhere to stop.


#278

V6 Vandals - D3 2-4p - “On The Road Again”


Cody looked out of the rear window, then said, “Looks like we’re back to normal. Just light-blue oil smoke. Not that heavy crap we had when the O2 sensor went.”

“Good. I’m fine with that. We’ll just have to make up for this with our next run.” Luke said.

“We’re not even done with this one, and you’re thinking of the next one?” Jake asked.

“Of course he is. Didn’t I tell you about our first run?” Amy responded.

“A little, but… The last I heard about was you crossed the finish line coasting.” Jake replied.

“Shall I tell it, Luke, or do you want to?” Amy asked.

“I’m currently a little occupied with driving, and you’re better at the whole story thing anyway.” Luke said.

“Ah, that’s okay. Shall I start from the beginning?”

“Yeah. Cody’s never heard about it, and about the only thing I told him was you’ve been in two of these. That was when you told me about it, and got me interested.” Jake said.

“Fair enough.” Amy said. “So, starting at the beginning here, Luke heard about some beater-bash we could participate in, and bought us a car to work with. A 1977 Sinistra Savage, with the factory Twin Turbo 662 cubic-inch V8. We had to replace the intercooler with one from the Rally Knight because the factory one had kissed a tree branch, but it wasn’t bad for an old beater, let alone a $500 car. We patched up the worst of it, but there was a transmission fluid leak we didn’t fix.”

“Didn’t, or couldn’t?” Cody asked.

“Didn’t. It’s not in the spirit of this to buy a $500 car and then restore it to better-than-factory conditions.” Luke responded.

“Thank you. Anyway, we had our car, and the first run was this off-the-beaten-path run, old forest trails, dirt roads, gravel, the kinds of things that we’ve been avoiding in this truck. There were also a couple over-land sections on Day 2 that, well, were completely off-road. The format was a little different, more like a rally than a race. We stopped after each ‘stage’ and waited for the others. Well, it didn’t take long for our brakes to get damaged, and yet, Luke had a plan to ease the problem. Then we patched up the car, dragged it through Day 1 mostly in one piece, and through Day 2 losing a muffler, crumpled the side-skirt, brushed the sides with tree branches, and broke the mirrors off of the car.” Amy said.

“So, wait, you took a 1970’s convertible off-roading? And the only things you broke were superficial?” Cody asked.

“Pretty much. It wasn’t like it was serious off-roading, other than two parts on Day 2. And the Orchard Run, but nothing bad really happened.” Amy said.

“Scott would disagree with you.” Luke replied. “He got stung by a wasp in one of those apples that fell in the car.”

“Scott was always a light-weight who would complain about a paper cut for weeks, Luke. So of course he complained about the wasp sting for two months.” Amy said. “Anyway, Luke got us to the finish in 8th place, and no sooner had he parked the Savage, he was looking for a trade-in. While we were busy pigging out on steak and beer, Luke was busy trading what was left of our Sinistra Savage for a 1998 Minerva Midnight. Which, of course, we ran in the second one of these little challenges, and did terribly in. We should have turbocharged it.”

“It probably wouldn’t have helped. That car threw every problem at us that it could without putting us out. Dirty throttle bodies, bad brakes, shitty radio, not enough comfort. More horsepower in that car probably would’ve blown up the 5 speed automatic. Keep in mind, this was the car I traded a car to get, and it had a misfire when I got it. Yes, we fixed the misfire, but that gearbox was a problem looking for a time to happen.” Luke replied.

“So, what, Luke traded the Savage for… Oh, I see! A 500-dollar car being traded one-to-one with another car makes a 500-dollar car. He was avoiding doing maintenance work to fix the damage he did.” Jake said. “So what exactly happened with the Midnight?”

“Engine seized in the parking lot at the end of the run. We changed the oil, drove to the starting line, ran the whole race without checking the oil. Had plenty of oil-pressure. Light kept coming on for high-oil pressure, so I think it floated a bearing, spun the hell out of it, and then destroyed the engine.” Luke replied. “So we decided to take a break for a while, especially after Scott made us drive home in a Storm Serenity he bought for $225.”

“Why?” Cody asked.

“Ever drive a 1995 Serenity? They’re comfortable, but this one never got the SymTrak fixed. Luke drove us back to Chicago with that fuckin’ belt screaming the whole way home.” Amy said. “And we spent the whole journey praying that the belt wouldn’t snap, that we wouldn’t become ironic casualties of the previous CEO’s past.”

“So, you mean, you drove a Serenity, the old one, that had the belt problem?” Jake asked.

“Yes. Soon as we got it home, it got a new SymTrak+ unit out of storage, and we sold that sucker for $750. Worth it just to get rid of one more death-trap. Everything since '96 is gear-driven anyway, so no one has to worry anymore. But that’s why '95 Serenity minivans have absolutely no resale value. Can’t tell if it’s got a SymTrak+ unit, or a belt that hasn’t broken yet. And if the belt breaks, well… 99% of the time, you now have a front-wheel-drive minivan. That last 1%… Belt breaks, binds up the rear drive pulley. Rear wheels lock up on the highway, and this happens.” Luke said, printing out the newspaper article and handing it back to Jake.

“Holy shit. Those had to be dark days.” Jake said, passing the page over to Cody, who looked equally shocked and horrified.

“They were, but they were before my time. Thankfully, the previous CEO set things up to run smoothly enough.” Luke replied.

“So, before we get side-tracked with company history, what was that earlier about ‘the next one of these’ and what you meant?” Cody asked.

“Oh. I have a car picked out for the next available run already. Old company car of ours.” Luke said. “Also happens to be my daily-driver.”

“So, you bought it at full price. How do you plan to pass it off as a $500 car?” Jake asked.

“Rather easily, actually. It was made in 2004, and has 1,287,673.8 miles on the odometer, as of the last time I drove it. Yes, it’s nearly a 1.3 million mile car. Whenever someone needed to borrow a company car, I’d give them the keys.” Luke replied.

“So, what is it?” Cody inquired.

“Has an inline-3, 4 doors, 4 seats. We’ll make some changes, of course, but it’ll hopefully be good.” Luke said. “And it gets great gas mileage.”

“But you haven’t said what it is.” Cody said, staring at Luke’s reflection in the rear view mirror.

“It was built in 2004, number 1010 off the line. Had plenty of new paint colors over the years, and recently had the battery pack replaced. It’s my old Storm Surge 3XR.”

“Wait, you plan to bring a hybrid into a beater race?!” Jake and Cody said at the same time.

“Well, I kept bringing it up in the past. And it was on the list for this one as well, as well as that Ishu Myriad you guys wouldn’t let me drive.” Luke replied.

“Think they’ll let you do it?” Amy asked.

“I have my doubts, but it can’t hurt to try. Though before it goes on possibly the last journey it’ll ever do, I’ll be decking it out with the Road Rally trim pieces and paint scheme.” Luke said.

“Road rally?” Cody questioned. “What do you mean by that?”

“We had a special Surge set up for a road rally we planned to host, but never got around to doing so. Well, we had two paint-schemes to use for it, an Orange-and-Black one that everyone got to see at an auto-show, and a two-tone blue one that we’ve kept under wraps. I get the feeling Luke plans to use the two-tone blue.” Amy said.

“Why?”

“Orange-and-black would’ve been Race Number 00. Perfectly fine in a rally when you’re the benchmark, non-competing. Two-tone blue is Race Number 13. Luke’s got a bit of an obsession with that number.” Amy replied.

“It’s not an obsession. I’ve been trying to figure out why everyone thinks it’s unlucky. No one complains about a baker’s dozen of donuts, and that’s 13, so why is everyone worried about that number when it comes up? So I plan to paint up the Surge one last time, put the aero kit on there, and we’ll go run Lucky Number 13 on one of these.” Luke said.

All of the story telling and commentary made this particular two-hour stage fly by, and despite the glow of the check-engine light, the team was in a good mood.


MRL: +10 (NC)
FTG: +16 (+6)
WAY: 4
GAS: 3/3
FST: 5
OIL: 1 quart


#279

Team Thunder Taxi, Part 14

Way past the detour

Not much in the way of RP - the team has been maintaining its current pace without any drama for the past few hours. However, the team exchanged a few words during their most recent fuel stop - and this is what they had to say…

Jack: So, the tank’s full and we’re ready to go again.

Chris: The light is fading fast. This is when fatigue begins to take its toll…

Bob: …and it could force us to make an early rest stop.

Vince: We’d rather keep driving on towards the next waypoint. We have some ground to make up, after all.

And so the Thunder Taxi returned to the road with a full tank of gas and four weary, but determined men onboard.


#280

Team Shitbox Brothers


(You know the drill with the accents)

Gramps GT keeps roaring, as it burns through its fuel reserves towards the finish line.

Ana: “We’ll have to stop soon. We haven’t much fuel left, let’s not wait for a cough. We’re stopping at the next petrol station.”

Alejandro: “Gotcha. By the way, our pace is great. Looks like we passed the Truckling and the Bogliq while they were refueling.”

Ana: “They’ll probably pass us when we refuel, but…what place are we in again?”

Alejandro: “Third.”

Ana grabs the microphone on her radio

Ana: “Oi, Vandals! We said we would overtake you and we did! That also goes for you, Mountain Pass!” Ana laughs “Although we’re short on fuel, you’ll probably catch us back soon.”

And with this and the few litres of fuel left in the tank, Gramps GT kept roaring off towards the next petrol station.


(@Madrias @HighOctaneLove it’s on ya now!)