Hello Adventurers! I have some exciting news about an upcoming trip Anthony and I are taking with two of our friends! We will be leaving soon on the Back to the Big Easy Rally. Seeing as it’s my first year doing this, I’m a bit nervous but more excited than anything. I’ll be posting pictures of the rally on Instagram and Tweeting during the day, so follow me there to keep up to date on the adventures! I’ll also try to post every couple days to tell you what we’ve been up to in more detail.
So, what is this rally thing?
Basically, this road trip challenges teams to purchase a car for less than $500 and attempt to drive it from point A to point B in 5 days. This year, the rally travels from Philadelphia to New Orleans. On the road, there are challenges and stops along the way that give participants the opportunity to earn points. Occasionally, challenges of another kind arise along the way. On the last rally, Anthony literally ripped the exhaust off of their rally car after trying to rig it back up several times. Folks, do not try this at home! He has been working on cars for years, so he knows what he’s doing.
Anthony told me his favorite part about these rallies is the camaraderie of all the participants trying to get broken, old cars across the country. He told me stories of everyone hanging out in the hotel parking lot after a long day. The tools came out and many participants scratched their heads over engines, tools at the ready. Everyone commiserates over what goes wrong and celebrates the mechanical savvy of the group. This rally is not for the faint of heart.
If you want to know more about this particular rally and previous trips, head on over to Asphault Adventures. They put this whole thing together and always do a stand up job organizing the event, according to Anthony.
Our Rally Car
This year, our car fits the less than $500 purchase price because it was actually gifted to Anthony a few years back. Our 1999 Buick Century was his grandmother’s car, so we’re excited to bring her with us in spirit on this rally. We need a guardian angel. Anthony spent a lot of time prepping the car in the past few weeks, so hopefully the “guardian” part will be less necessary. We shall see. He told me this weekend, there are a few maintenance things left to do but other than that we’re good to go!
The Buick fits four people comfortably on a normal day, but it wasn’t exactly built for storage. We may be getting to know our luggage on a much more personal basis this weekend. It takes a lot to prepare for one of these trips. After all, it’s not a normal road trip. Anything can go wrong at any point with your car. Due to the challenges, it’s not exactly a quick shot down the highway, either, so leaving your tools behind is not an option.
Planning for a Road Trip Where Anything Can Happen
Anthony has done these rallies before and raves about them, but this is the first one we’re doing together. While he takes care of prepping the car, I organize the packing. My Tetris skills will likely come in handy with all we have to bring. I consolidated our personal belongings to one bag (or at least, that’s the plan). Our friends need space in the trunk for their belongings, too. I think I’ve tweaked our packing list about 20 times at this point, cursing myself every time for adding non-essentials.
We have four categories of things to pack:
- Personal Items (such as clothes, toiletries, etc.)
- Food & Food Prep
- Tools & Car Needs
- Tech & Extras
We’re bringing a small grill and a cooler so we can eat out less while we’re on the road. Both of us are trying to eat healthier in general and that’s much more difficult on the road. Anthony also needs to bring a bunch of tools, in case he must fix something on the fly. I need to bring my laptop and some other things so that I can document our journey. We talked endlessly this weekend, trying to anticipate every scenario. The thing is, we can plan all we want and something crazy that we didn’t think of will still happen.
Well, I hope you’ll stick around and follow our journey back to the Big Easy. Again, follow me on Instagram and Twitter for constant updates! Also, come on back to the blog for some fun wrap-ups!
Thanks for reading and best of luck on your own adventures! Have a question? Comment below!
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