We are in New Orleans today taking a rest day on our recce tour for the 2018 Trans America Challenge. So far it has been a great trip and it bodes well for a great rally. We found some great rally roads through the Appalachians, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Natchez Trace Roadway. The recent severe storm threw some downed trees, downed power lines, and completely closed roads in our path, but all of these will be resolved by rally time.
Sample Of A Great 2018 Trans America Challenge Rally Road
In addition to great roads, we have established approval to use several private facilities. One of these is a classic rural “bull ring” dirt track where future and “wanna be” NASCAR racers develop their skills. These should be fun for the competitors to “stretch their legs on” and the distance from hard walls will ensure that no major incidents will occur. This should be fun!
A “Grass Roots Bull Ring” Dirt Track To Test The Rally Cars
In a similar fashion we stopped by an off-road facility and are looking at also including a completely off-road test conducted on grass. This will be truly a “down south” rural test.
Lots Of Room For An Interesting Test On The Grass
During our recce tour we have travelled on many rural southern USA back roads. Many of these roads are lined by cotton fields. This was the first opportunity that I had to directly enter a cotton field. The cotton balls are amazing to see in their natural state!
A Cotton Field Is A Common Site
We travelled along the Mississippi River, but the river is lined with levees and can be difficult to see. However ,we were able to drive along the top of a levee to get an understanding of the size and length of these levees. These were designed to prevent flooding of the farm land from the Mississippi River.
Travelling Along A Road On The Top Of A Levee
The rally participants will be stopping at the site of some mysterious ancient Indian Mounds. The origin of these prehistoric mounds is not well-known and it is thought that they were once similar to the pyramids. This will be an interesting stop.
One Of The Mysterious Indian Mounds Today
We arrived in New Orleans yesterday afternoon. The rally hotel is just steps away from the famous, or is it infamous, Bourbon Street. It is a site to see! It is a totally raucous street party. Last night I took in the Preservation Hall Jazz Band show on St. Peter Street. I have not been there in years; the players have changed, but the music is still something special. Sure it’s too small, too hot, too dirty, and too crowded, but in my opinion it is too good to miss if you want to hear authentic New Orleans music. I capped the evening off with a cool Hurricane while walking along a crowded Bourbon Street. This afternoon I returned to Bourbon Street to listen to some more jazz music and enjoy a couple of adult beverages in a more subdued setting.
Tomorrow we are back on the recce tour again for the 2018 Trans America Challenge as we head to the Galveston, Texas area. This will continue to be a great adventure and promises to be a great rally.
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