Action Replay Report
Hooray, we finally got to finish the trip that we started three weeks ago, in grand style.
Today’s convoy was small, due to the rather late posting of the drive. The agility of a small convoy was clearly visible during the smooth and well paced warm up between Nazwa and Big Red.
At Big Red the terrain changed drastically and the convoy had to change their driving style to overcome the steep climbs and soft sand. Initially, lack of sufficient safety distance for the given terrain and delayed communication resulted in a multi-car second try, but this was promptly addressed by our sweeper and we got the show on the road again.
The last leg of the drive was where the convoy really got their groove on, as we crested our way to Pink Rock and exited the desert. Nobody seemed to mind the slightly earlier than planned exit because the smooth flow meant that the convoy covered a lot of ground with intense focus…leaving our Fellas pretty wiped out by the time they hit the tarmac.
This trip highlighted the importance of maintaining dynamic and situational safety distance. It is important that we adjust our safety distance according to the difficulty level of the terrain. At Big Red, despite specifically announcing that the safety distance had to be doubled, we still had a situation where three cars had second tries in a bowl, at the same time. At this stage in the game our reflexes need to be sharper. When the person in front is slowing down in a difficult area and it does not seem likely that he will be able to complete the challenge you need to have a safe exit plan. You will certainly end up having a second try, but you will be safely away from the vehicle in front of you.
Thanks to my second lead, Rathica, for making it so easy to lead and special thanks to Marko for volunteering to sweep on this trip, without whom there would literally have been no drive today.