Update from Thomas and Benjamin Karr in car 97: “Yesterday (June 24) we had no Speedometer and today (June 25th) I got a first degree lesson in fixing a leaking carburetor. After all and even though we had great first legs, we were considered DNF or “Did Not Finish” because of our mechanical problems. Anyway, we made it to the finish in New Bern without being towed.” June 26th however was a a different story! Thomas and Ben rolled across the finish line in Wilmington, NC with a time of 38 seconds. That means they were only 38 seconds away from a “zero” or perfect score for the day. You can see by the smiles on their faces that this made them very happy. And that is in addition to the fact that the German Men’s National Team beat the U.S. Men’s National Team in the last qualifying game for their bracket in the FIFA World Cup. Mary and I enjoyed watching the game and are glad to know that even though we lost 1-0, the U.S. team has survived the “Group of Death” and will move on to play Belgium in the Round of 16 on Tuesday, July 1 at 4PM EST. For those of you who don’t follow FIFA, the U.S. was not supposed to advance out of their group!
Yes, perseverance is an important trait for both soccer players and Great Racers. The hot and humid weather conditions are causing mechanical problems for many of the cars in the Great Race 2014. But while some cars are dropping out, our family continues to grow. This year’s route has become somewhat of a progressive family reunion for Mary and me, with cousins, in-laws, kids and grandkids dropping in along the way. We are happy to see everyone and thank you for coming out to see us. By the way, you may have noticed that I finally added a much easier to find “button” for people who would like to donate to support The Race Against Autism. We are also offering “incentives” for those who donate. Donations of $25 will be rewarded with a Team Stahls’ cap and donations of $50 or more will receive a cap and a Spirit of Stahls’ Teddy Bear (limited quantities). When the caps and bears are gone, we will take the offer down. Don’t forget you can follow car 17 (Stahl Brothers) on SPOT.
We recently heard from fellow adventurer Paul Falcone, who I wrote about earlier this month. Paul is a GroupeSTAHL board member who was riding his motorcycle from Michigan to Alaska via Canada.
Over 6,100 on this solo trip! He has made it to Fairbanks where he plans to ship his bike home and fly back. We can’t wait to hear his stories, especially about how he survived the mosquitoes and bears.