5:00am Dave and I are both awake. Time to start
packing and unjacking the trailer to move to our “General Camping” area at
turns 9, 10 and 11.
We did good this year! Followed
around to the “Corkscrew” area and told the SCRAMP guys we know what we
are doing and where to Park. ;) “In an area without a number.” We
get waved through and up the hill we go. We are looking to get the same
spot as last year, at the very top of the Corkscrew parking, on the grass,
not designated as “reserved”.
As everyone in front of us pulled
off on the flattest piece of ground as soon as possible, it made it easy
for us. We were the only ones up there.
J Exactly where we wanted to
We had just got situated and jacked
the trailer as straight as possible, when two guys from SCRAMP came up and
asked what type of camping pass we had. And we explained it was General
turns 9, 10 and 11, unimproved space. They looked at each other saying,
“there is no numbers, they are on an unimproved space and in the turns 9,
10 and 11 area. OK guys you can stay!” Perfect!
Soon after another small Motorhome
pulled up and asked if they could park behind us. They were three guys
from the East Coast, New Jersey, Maryland and New York. Alex, John and
Alex. Shortly after them another two guys (Mark and Joe) came up and
squeezed by and set up just in front of us. Now we have our own little
atop the “Corkscrew View” J
I try to log on the Internet again
as we are up much higher and in a clear spot. Well………it is even slower
here! I manage to answer a couple of emails, but figure I’ll try again
We decide it’s time to head down to
the Food court and get the morning coffee at our favorite Brazilian food
stand. We get there only to be informed “Sorry! No coffee today, but I
will have it tomorrow”. That does me no good now!
We went all over looking for coffee
and finally the permanent food stand had opened and was serving coffee.
J All is well in Mac’s world
Off to the Pits to see what’s going on.
As we near the MotoGP pits, we find
a big Motorhome is following us, which I did not think should be there. Oh
well! As we turn to see where they are trying to go, I realize it is Marco
Melandri sitting in the passenger seat up front. Apparently this year all
the riders have big Motorhome's and are parked at the pits.
We wonder around the front of the
Motorhome's into the Pits only to find it is the same situation as last year, they
are still just opening boxes and beginning the set up of the garage
spaces. There are packing boxes all down the back of the pits.
We decide to walk around the front
(Hot side) of the pits, but only one team has a garage door open, Yamaha.
They have Valentino’s bikes partially built, and a mechanic is fitting the
cameras to the back of seats. I figure a good time for a few pictures. As
I pull the Camera up to take the first picture of the side of one of the
“unfaired” bikes, a mechanic walks over and stands in front of it and
waves his hand…………so I
take his picture. ;) He says “Thank you!”
and stays there. ;) I take a
couple of others when he moves away, but nothing special.
So we decide to go back around to
the backside of the pits again. Chris Vermeulen is in civvies having his
picture taken by some fans; Dani Pedrosa is in the Repsol tent chatting
with engineers. We also see Casey Stoner in the Ducati tent looking at
computers, obviously going over things with the engineers. Kurtis Roberts
drives by on a scooter. Carlos Checa is stopped by some autograph hunters
on the way to his garage.
Then we take a walk through the AMA
paddock area, where Dave spots a Barry Sheen
replica Yamaha at the
“Celtic” racing team area …… Check out the pictures.
At the “Rockwall” racing team area
Dave finds a Honda NSR500cc
2 stroke . We are still trying to decide what year
it was from. Note the nice Carbon discs.
Even the guys at Rockwell didn’t know for sure. But Dave is
all over it with the camera. Check out all these
I’m getting hungry so it’s back to
the Brazilian food stand to eat. I snap a picture of the Corona bike on
the way (just because I like the paint scheme)
Spicy Brazilian Sausage in a bun with salsa,
very good, but $8.00. I want to sit and eat it, so we move back into the
paddock area of the food court, because that seems to be the only place to
As I’m sitting stuffing my face
with the hot dog, and Dave is off on a break, along comes Collin Edwards
with his wife and 2 children. So being the social person I am I shout
out…..”Collin!” He looks over, “Good luck this weekend!” He has
obviously spent too much time in England lately because he replied “Thanks
Mate!” I also realize I have my Yamaha visor on from last years US MotoGP.
J Good Karma!
When Dave returns, we wonder around some more, and
return to the Souvenir store, to get ticket holders and a program,
visit the beautiful girl working the counter………… Executive decision made,
we have to visit it every day now. ;)
There is not much set up to see at
all today! I find it very disappointing. We cross over the bridge between
turns 4 and 5, as we get to the other side and look back at the track, we
see Dani Pedrosa with possibly an engineer going around on a scooter. It
is just a few more yards of walking when I decide I’m going back to the
trailer and relax. Dave decides he is going to go to the pits one more
I get half way up the hill to the
corkscrew and discover I’ve lost my lens cap from my camera, Oh well! I’m
not going back to look for it, I ache too much.
I arrive back at the trailer, where
one of our neighbors (Mark) brings over two Cold Modelo especial’s NICE!
Dave returns with a disgusted look on his face; saying “….if you were pissed off at SCRAMP
already this year, you’ll REALLY be pissed off now! The paddock passes we
have are no good for the MotoGP pits this year. I got turned away!”
Bummed out, I try logging on the Internet
again……………even worse! I think I managed 4 emails in 2 hours! I cannot do
this from here anymore. I'll return the Broadband card when I get home.
After a short nap and a read, we
decide it’s time to go into town and eat at the Happy Dragon, get a couple
of things at Safeway’s and see about filling one of the Propane tanks, as
we think it might be empty, causing the problem with the fridge.
We park in the Safeway’s parking
lot and walk across the street to the Happy Dragon. As we walk in the door,
we see the beautiful Kim,
(She has lost a little weight this year.)
behind the counter; she greets us saying “Your back! I remember you from
last year.” It’s nice to be recognized. ;)
I have my Tsingtao and Dave has Ice tea, while waiting
for the food.
After dinner we go back over to
Safeway’s for the supplies we forgot yesterday, and then to find some
propane. We find a gas station nearby selling propane and I tell the guy
“I don’t know how much is in the tank. There is some, but I want to make
sure it’s full.” He is new apparently. He hooks up the gas and starts to
fill it……….immediately gas comes out the overflow. Another guy comes over
to ask how much went in. When he sees it’s way less than a gallon he lifts
the cylinder saying “I should have done this, you can tell it’s full just
by lifting it.” He then looks at me and says there is a minimum charge for
propane. I ask what it is and he says “You don’t want to know man! Just
give me $5.00. I’ll work it out later.” I look back at the list above the
pump; minimum charge $15.00!
Full, and a little tired we drive
back to the track. We kick back and try to watch a DVD on the laptop, but
the volume sucks! Need external speakers.