Interstellar Adventures

August 17, 2005

36 legs, 195 miles…

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 1:09 pm

Update: 3:10 pm CST

Believe it or not, we are still at DFW airport. The diagnosing computer wasn’t working correctly, so what the problem it said it was wasn’t really the problem, and the plane still couldn’t get off the ground. Hopefully American can now get us where we’re going. I arrived at the airport at 8:15 am, and I am ready to be breathing in that Rocky Mountain air. I’m not a big fan of flying, and I’m really not feeling so hot about it after the issues we’ve had today. If this plane doesn’t get off the ground, we might not make this race. Too late to drive now and get there in time to make the start. My friends and I are all taking it in stride, and we’re all still laughing through the frustration.

The group waiting to board. The plane that wouldn’t go. The group waiting to run. On our way to the next terminal on the new SkyLink.

Update: 12:58 pm CST

Still at DFW airport. We’re supposed to leave at 2 pm now. They had to fly a part in from Chicago. I had a beer and some Southwest Egg Rolls in the Chili’s Too here at the airport. Tasty! I’m ready to go and run! Cross fingers that this part fixes the issue…otherwise we’re renting vans and driving. Not too many flight options open for a group of 14. 😦

Update: 10:52 am CST

I’m supposed to be in Colorado by now. But I’m still in Dallas. Issue with the plane. I’m glad they decided to try to fix it before we took off. Don’t know when we’ll get there. *Sigh* Anybody know any good airport games?

OK folks. This is it! United is taking me from DFW to Denver, where we’ll then pick up a couple of 15 passenger vans, do a little last-minute shopping, and then head on up to Fort Collins, CO for the start of the Wild West Relay.

The Dallas Hill Wranglers are running in the Flatlanders Division. The course will take us from Fort Collins, up through Roosevelt National Forest, across the Laramie Mountains, into Wymoming (briefly), then back to Colorado, over the Continental Divide and across Medicine Bow Mountains, above the Arapahoe National Wildlife Refuge, across the Rabbit Ears Range in the Routt National Forest, and on into Steamboat Springs.

I’m running legs 12, 24 & 36. Leg 12 looks to be in the Roosevelt National Forest. Leg 24 is going to be in the middle of the night, somewhere around 2-ish in the morning. I’m excited about this. Even though this one has the most up-and-down as far as hills mountains go. And, 36 is the home-stretch. Yes! I’ve been practicing my victory dance! My teammates will run out to meet me about 100 yards from the finish, and we’ll all run in together.

I’ll try to blog an update or two if I can, but I’m not sure what my internet access level is going to be. If all else fails, I’m going to attempt an audio blog. Please note I hate the sound of my recorded voice. Just for you special people would I do this.

Wish me luck!


  1. Best of luck to you!


    Comment by Anonymous — August 18, 2005 @ 8:45 am |Reply

  2. All the best and godspeed be with you.

    Comment by culfy — August 18, 2005 @ 9:06 am |Reply

  3. Good luck, good luck, good luck!!! How exciting. It sounds like your going to have a great time.

    Comment by Jolynn — August 18, 2005 @ 9:39 am |Reply

  4. Have fun!

    Comment by Goldiemowling — August 18, 2005 @ 10:32 am |Reply

  5. Good luck and have a great time! Sounds like fun to have a leg in the middle of the night!

    Comment by TrueJerseyGirl — August 18, 2005 @ 10:59 am |Reply

  6. Sounds exciting. Best of luck, Lass. Take care!

    Comment by Bone — August 18, 2005 @ 11:56 am |Reply

  7. Wishing you all the best!

    Comment by Jean-Luc Picard — August 18, 2005 @ 2:01 pm |Reply

  8. Good luck girlie! I know you’ll do well.

    Comment by poopie — August 18, 2005 @ 3:33 pm |Reply

  9. Best of luck in your race! I say get to the bar pronto and don’t worry bout that silly ole plane!

    Comment by Carnealian — August 18, 2005 @ 4:47 pm |Reply

  10. GIRL! You were HERE! I could’ve come by for a good luck something!

    Comment by Queen of Ass — August 18, 2005 @ 4:53 pm |Reply

  11. Sounds like great fun – the race that is, not the airport saga. Running the nighttime leg will be both literally and figuratively COOL!

    Comment by abbynormal — August 18, 2005 @ 5:29 pm |Reply

  12. Umm…you could have your own relay race around the airport?

    Comment by annie — August 18, 2005 @ 9:01 pm |Reply

  13. I didn’t realize it was a 195 mile relay! GOOD LUCK TO YOU!!!!! You’ll do just fine.

    Comment by Indigo — August 18, 2005 @ 9:34 pm |Reply

  14. this sounds sooooo exhilarating. i wish you all the best! peace out

    Comment by Crys — August 18, 2005 @ 11:22 pm |Reply

  15. […] Today my good friend Judy and 26 other runners are leaving to run the Wild West Relay. Last year we only took a 12-person team to Colorado. This year there’s a 12-person team, a 9-person team, and a 6×6 Ultra team. I had originally planned to go on the 12-person team this year. I was running, training, and seeing Dr. Pain. But my sciatic nerve problem kept getting worse. I’m so disappointed. In fact, this morning I cried. I had so much fun running that race last year and it meant a lot to me to go again. I know there’s always next year, but I’m so disappointed in myself and the situation. Next year. Next year. I’m working on my plan. It involves a lot of running. […]

    Pingback by Interstellar Adventures » Blog Archive » We Survived — August 10, 2006 @ 8:27 am |Reply

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