RAAMing through time station 19 - Cimarron, NM - I just got off the phone with the pace van and Rob is returning to Rob form. He is breathing easier (but not perfect) and the coughing seems to be subsiding.
His speed into and over the difficult section in Cimarron (wasn't that the name of a very lousy Cadillac once-upon-a-time?) was quite impressive and now let's see what the flatter, lower-altitude roads do for speed.
Everyone in the pace van sounded like they were having fun, but then again, they are driving, not riding. Day crew today is driver Vin Daniello (replacing the departed John Browne, who headed back to Connecticut today), navigator Mike Perron and chef/mechanic Kate Morlock.
A few words about the entire crew: it might be the best crew Rob has ever had on RAAM. In addition to the names above, Mike Desilet, Sal Dicello, Kate Fitzpatrick (mom-in-law), Javier Lowe, Todd Tallman, Gary Truax and Tom Wendel are clearly doing yeoman's work keeping Rob in the game.
I don't get to speak to the night crew as much as I would like, but they have performed some pretty miraculous feats of crew-ness over the past 48 hours.
It is hard work, believe me. More on that in a future post.