Landlocked: Rowtoberfest

I will not be summiting Mt. Everest or exploring a village deep in the Amazon. However, I am going on an adventure this weekend.

Lately I have been itching to jump in my car, leave Columbia and go get lost somewhere, anywhere. Since I started school at Mizzou, this need to get up and leave the “real world” behind has been amplified. The need for some semblance of adventure typically becomes more pronounced as the semester marches on. This semester is no exception.

So when this opportunity presented itself, I couldn’t say no. I’m headed up to Chicago this weekend because my rowing team is racing at Rowtoberfest on the Chicago River Saturday, October 14, 2016.

Compared to other trips, this isn’t far at all. The challenging part is the time constraint. Thus, detailed planning and itinerary is vital.

  • Departure – Columbia: 9:00 p.m. 10/14/2016
    •             I get to play both pilot and navigator since the rest of my team left at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. I had to stay behind to compete a newsroom shift, which lets out at 9:00 p.m.
  • Arrival – Chicago: 2:53 a.m. 10/15/2016
    •             The team was fortunate enough to crash at one of our teammate’s parent’s house for the night. It’s a huge improvement from the typical YMCA racquetball court.
  •  Report Time- 8:00 a.m.
    •             The coaches and coxswains meeting is happening at the beginning of race day. The officials lay out the race course and give us logistical directions so the race heats report to the beginning of the course on time. Because rowing is a club sport at Mizzou, we don’t have a coach. Thus, Ray (team president) and I (second in command) stand in for at this meeting.
  • First Race Launches – 9:30 a.m.
    •             After the coaches and coxswains meeting we will rig the boats, eat breakfast and prepare for the day of races.There is a large number of rowers who grew up close enough to Chicago that we will actually have a cheering section. I am very lucky that my parents were happy to make the drive down from Wisconsin, as it’s the only time that I will be able to see them before break.
  • Departure – Chicago: approx. 3:00 p.m.
    •             Our last race report time is at 1:30 p.m. Realistically we should be off the water, have the boats de-rigged and be able to hit the road by 3:00 p.m. I am hoping that my calculations are accurate because I need to be back in Columbia Saturday night. My cousin is competing at the high school band competition being held at Mizzou and I really want to be there to support her.
  • Arrival Time- TBD…

Minutes matter because the success of my plan rests on the accuracy of my itinerary. It’s also vital that I don’t mess up and get delayed because I am scheduled for my second Newsy shift at 7 a.m. Sunday morning…

Besides making to every stop on time, the other challenge will be keeping myself awake. I usually listen to music on roadtrips to keep myself awake and entertained. Here is my road trip playlist. It’s over 20 hours of music so it will get you to just about anywhere without running out of new songs.

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