Our blind enthusiasm to (royally) defy comfort zones and enter the Rebelle Rally has not been shared by all. In fact, explaining the rationale to concerned friends and family is a worthy challenge…
Dad: “You’re nuts, and crazy. You are a mother, not a race car driver, and you’ll get lost”
Son: “It’s cool, but I think you will crash, Mom.”
Sister: “Did you even read the fine print before you entered?”
Friend: “This is SO intriguing. Is it a pep rally?”
Husband: “It costs how much? Is this a priority??”
Hearing “rally” instantly conjures images of high speed race cars flying out of control on dirt roads. As fun as that sounds, it is not the REBELLE. This is a NAVIGATIONAL challenge. And given that 4 out of 5 of us get nervous when we see a map that’s saying something.
We’ve been told...
Teams wake up with the birds to plot checkpoints on a map provided that morning. We decide which of these checkpoints are manageable based on how much sleep we got, and our ability to plot and pick a course our (limited in our case) skills can handle. It seems akin to choosing runs on a ski field. Green (easy and compulsory), Blue (medium and marked), Black (expert and unmarked) Once we have a course plotted, we set off with our maps and a compass to find the checkpoints. Between 8 and 20 in a day.
At night we sleep in the desert, in a tent. I’ve never been a good ground sleeper, but I hear the food is worth the hassle with a Michelin Star Chef at base camp. #wearegoingforthefood
In the meantime, we tightrope along a steep learning curve to understand the basics of navigation:
This amazing book put many of my navigational nightmares to rest. “The Lost Art of Finding Our Way” by Dr Huth is a must read if you, like me, are realizing simple Siri is surely a recipe for getting stuck in traffic.
Remember, it's the journey not the destination and SIRI IS NOT INVITED
Originally posted on the JUCY blog