Of course I am going to The Greatest Spectacle in Racing
I go every year. I have not missed a race since beginning in 1949 watching the first ever 500 race shown on local TV through a screen door at Artie Shaw's house. Sometimes it was on TV and sometimes on the radio. My current at the track streak extends from 1997. The Indy 500 is my day and nothing is going to interfere with it.
I grew up in Speedway, Indiana, the home of the track. As they say many have racing in their blood but it is in my DNA. I have many memories and can relate many events surrounding the month of May in Indianapolis.
I just came off an extended 39 day RV trip to the Southwestern desert where we put on 6,350 miles all on the back road blue highways except for 420 miles on Interstate highways that could not be avoided. We traveled almost all of Route 66 from the California border to Albuquerque and we sought out some of the most arduous mountain passes. We visited six national parks and six national monuments and camped in most of them as well as some of the most remote high altitude national forest campsites we could find with snow still on the ground. On this trip I had my first In-n-Out burger, Sonoran hot dog and Runza. I managed to find a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich in Arizona and Nebraska. And of course microbrews in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.
Now we are prepping for another trip starting Tuesday for the Land of Lincoln and Springfield, IL for an RV rally following with a week in Indianapolis for the race and finishing up circling back up through Michigan, the UP and northern Wisconsin. I will of course have more tenderloins and will be looking to try my first horseshoe sandwich in Springfield.
In July we will head for our annual trip to northern Virginia and Washington, DC. It is looking more and more like a trip to the Pine Barrens in northeast Texas in late September for another RV social. We may extend that with a trip through the Gulf Coast and Florida. Summer may be mostly short trips to northern Minnesota.
Cost? Cheaper than you think. Most nights we camp for nothing or less than $10. Food is really a wash since we eat in our RV mostly and would have to eat regardless. 39 days of travel did cost us about $1,500 in fuel.
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Hoosier Pass at 11,551 Feet in Colorado
Joshua Tree National Park
Cholla National Forest Campground Lake Roosevelt Arizona
Screens side and back ventilation in the Arizona desert's Cholla CG
Parking in Downtown Bisbee, Arizona
Petrified Forest National Park
Route 66 at the Petrified Forest
Overnight Free Parking in a Walmart parking lot in North Platte, Nebraska