This Saturday, September 28th, Jeff will be participating in Team Lyle’s Garden State Rally, an 8-hour scavenger-hunt, photo-grab style rally that takes place entirely within the state of New Jersey. Follow Jeff’s movements on Spotwalla, and follow all the photographic action on the Garden State Rally’s Facebook Page; there are extra points for checking-in at the bonus locations, so you’ll be able to see where folks are as the rally progresses. For the best tracking of participants in real-time, keep an eye on the shared Spotwalla page, where most participants will be sharing their tracking feeds.
I have the Versys nearly packed and ready. This time, I’ll be trying out some new methods I learned the hard way on the Mason-Dixon 20/20 rally back in May. For one, I’ve laminated several 3×5 cards that list the waypoints on my two most likely routes. These cards will live in the map pocket on the arm of my Olympia X-Moto jacket, so I can make sure the GPS is on track to the proper point, and I’ve also noted what to look for (what the bonus actually requires) when I get to each location, so I don’t have to waste time pulling out the rally book. The cards also make it easier if/when I need to abandon the planned route(s) I have in the GPS for whatever reason; I can choose which points to skip and just set the GPS to go directly to the next one, without having to reprogram the whole route.
Taking a tip from Hammy Tan, I recently bought a telescoping monopod on eBay, which I turned into a rally flag rig by adding a First Gear pants hanger on the end (you know, the hangers that have the two clips to hang pants from). This will go in my tank bag, with the rally flag clipped to it. When I get to each bonus location, I can pull out the rig (with the flag attached), extend it, and hold it up in front of whatever I need to capture at the bonus location, and snap the pic while still straddling the bike. Not having to get off the bike and set up the rally towel should save me lots of time at each bonus location.
I’m going to need all the time I can muster. I have a route set for approximately 426 miles, going a bit north from the rally headquarters in Branchburg, to as far south as Cape May Courthouse, and most places in between. With an 8-hour limit, I’m going to need to maintain at least 53mph average speed, including stopped time. I did not work out a system yet for calculating how far ahead or behind schedule I am at any given point, so I’ll rely on the Garmin Nuvi 765t GPS‘s trip computer for keeping an eye on my overall average speed.
The weather is predicted to be sunny with high temps in the 70s, otherwise known as “perfect”. Look for lots of photos and a full write-up here, soon after the rally.