7/5/96 - T+4 - The Speed Run
This morning brought an early rise for there were many miles to cover today. The first
order of objective was to break camp and pack up Rizonante for the journey. Sancho seemed
anxious to get back on the road. I don't think he enjoys staying in one place too long.
A quick stop for fuel and we're on the road at 7:15. Yes Hazel, that's 7:15. I can get
up in the morning when I want to! Anyway, we rolled onto Interstate 89, pointed the bow
southward, activated the ECM system and set the cruise control to kill. This one is pure
speed and distance. Don't get me wrong, there was lots of beautiful countryside to enjoy
along the way, but the primary objective was to cover distance. And cover distance we did.
The 320 miles from Montpelier Vermont to Long Island New York was consumed in 4:45
minutes. That put our average speed at a little more than 70, including potty and fuel
stops. Not a bad mornings work!
Sancho and I split up the tasks with one of us driving and manning the ECM, the other
responsible for navigation and communication systems. Sanch and I are starting to mesh
into a cohesive team. We didn't have much time to stop for pictures, we were pushing hard
all the way.
The only thing I have to offer you today was a quick shot of Sancho manning NAV and COMM
during one of our stops. Sancho doesn't
have a radio license but he's able to operate on mine while were mobile. He says he's
interested in getting one when we get to LA, but we'll have to see if he's willing to put
in the work to study.
Once we were back on Long Island, there were chores to tend. Our first stop was to Dr.
Turner's office to get my back fixed. The good Dr. Debbie wasn't in, but her able
associate fixed me back up to new condition. Now that I was repaired it was time for
Rozinante to be refitted. A few minor adjustments to the ECM and some load redistribution
and he's is ship shape also. The rest of the afternoon was spend riding the desk back at
Comverse, working on the next issue of The Crossing. Boy this life as a publisher gets
The evening's entertainment was Independence Day. Great movie! This one is a must see
movie. The special effects are great, the plot reasonable and the acting sufficient to
make this a very enjoyable experience. At over 2 hours and 30 minutes it's an action
packed full range thriller. I gave it an 8 out of 10.
Opps, it's well after midnight and I need to get to bed. Tomorrow is the shindig at
Casa de Demayo. We'll need all the rest we can get to survive this on. Have a great
evening and I'll catch you all later.