I'm Randy Mouri and this blog is about my quest to be an official finisher in the Race Across AMerica (RAAM), the toughest endurance race in the world. It's over and I became an official solo finisher in 11 days, 1 hour and 13 minutes! We continue to raise money and awareness on behalf of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NoVa). If you would like to make a donation to Habitat NoVa, please visit my page on Habitat’s site. Endless thanks to our sponsors and all the folks that have made such generous contributions. Team Mouri would not have been able to travel so comfortably, which certainly may have changed the outcome of the race.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What the crew thought

It's been a while since the Great Eastern Shore Training Event and the participating crew have had some time to recover and think about the event. So here's what two of them them had to say.

"It takes a special bunch of people to be able to coexist in small, tight quarters. One thing you can be sure about is maintaining a good sense of humor is the key. Know your position on the team, work together and always remember that Randy's safety first and foremost.

No matter how tired you get there is always humor in everything. Remember the funny parts of the trips and training you have completed and repeat them during your time together. Believe me they will get funnier as time goes on."

"At the start, while the first crew (two rookies and our fearless leader) was out battling the fish in the road, the A team figured out that there was plenty of room for each member's "small" suitcase, dry goods, etc. ... In addition, our first shift was to be checking out the sleeping accommodations in the RV. Supposed to be. Kind of difficult when some drunk drives up next to us, cuts the engine, gets out, takes a running start, and grunts as he slams in hands onto the trunk of the car and starts pushing it. "Oh, he must have stalled out and is trying to jump start it." But then, he takes a running start, and grunts as he slams in hands onto the hood of the car and pushes it back. And then again the other way. And then back. "Is this some sort of 1:00 am initiation? Maybe a new exercise program to get ready for football? Time to call the cops!" He must have heard us whispering as he jumped back in the car and drove away. "Did that really just happen or are all three of us dreaming the same dream?" You can't make this S^!t up! "

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