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The Road Rally

Almost every time I talk about participating in the Mid Coast Road Rally event that I do in Iowa, I get asked what exactly it is. I'm sure there are different variations, but the one that Road Rally Charities puts together every year in Iowa goes like this...

The event is full of cars ranging from Ford Escorts to Ferraris and on to giant SUVs.

Each car has a driver and at least one passenger that acts as a navigator. We all meet at the designated kickoff point... which is the only destination you know about for the entire day. You just assume that you'll be driving ~300 miles and have 3-5 different check points... but you have no idea where those check points are or how or when you'll be getting to them.

So, just as you're pulling out of the first checkpoint, a timer starts and you get handed a paper with step-by-step instructions to the next checkpoint. Those instructions list a ... read more


Hi, I'm Derek Brooks

I'm a 34.18 year old midwestern American who enjoys engineering, traveling, partying, and extremish sports.

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