Sunday, October 07, 2007

THE ROADEO

As usual, the same three guys won the Roadeo again this year. I came in 12th. sounds good, but there were only about 55 contestants so it's not all THAT great. I did do better than I did last year. I came in 16th last year. Last year was my first Roadeo and since I got the highest score of all the first timers, I won "Rookie of the Year". Since you can only be a "rookie" once, now the only chance to win is by placing in the top three. The same guys seem to get those spots every year, so it is really going to be tough. Heck, if nothing else, I plan to compete every year for the practice until those guys retire and free up the spots!!! Just kidding, I actually plan to BEAT them...hopefully next year. The obstacle course is extremely challenging. I think that's why I like it.

A few of us decided to go cheer on the 2nd and 3rd place winners when they go to compete at the State Finals next year. We did it this year in Wilmar and had a great time. Next year, it is in Bemidji, which is a little further away. The girl that organizes things is looking into renting a cabin this time instead of a hotel room. That would be a blast. Might have to spend more than a couple nights there if we get the cabin.

It is kind of a bummer that we only get to do this once a year. I already want to try again but have to wait a whole year!! Until then, guess the best I can do is use pedestrians and cars as my cones and barrels to weave through. Hehehehe. Actually, hope I don't jinx myself, I am about due for my 7th CONSECUTIVE year safe driver award. That means I haven't run anybody over, yet!

*****taking a bow******

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never actually gotten to compete at Roadeo. The first one was just after I was hired at the transit agency where I worked, and I was still a trainee. By the next one, I had already been promoted to training assistant and therefore wasn't eligible. I did drive the local course just for fun, but I have judged at two state Roadeos and I think two or three local-level ones. Were there any obstacles you found particularly problematic? (Well, all of them probably, but anything specific really giving you trouble?)

10:06 PM  
Blogger Jeanne Ree said...

The whole course is tricky. I'd say the left turn is by far the most difficult. The spacing of the cones is so tight. I finally realized that you have to go in at an angle, even though it looks like you can't. Even then, it's quite a challenge to make the turn and not let the right rear hit the cone. It's something to work on! I very much enjoy the challenge and can't wait to do it again next year! For now, we're just planning the trip to Bemidji next year. A few of us go up and cheer on the state finalist. We're looking at staying at a cabin instead of a hotel this time. Should be a great time!

7:44 PM  
Anonymous elianara said...

Well done, congratulations!

11:15 AM  
Blogger Jeanne Ree said...

Thanks! I'm really looking forward to next year already!

10:02 AM  

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