Welcome to Kayenta, AZ.
For those of you not familiar, Kayenta is part of the Navajo Nation and is a gateway to Monument Valley. Rob will be entering Utah soon. The good news is that temperatures are likely to be reasonable today, in the mid-80s. The troubling news is that the direction he's heading (into the high Rockies of Colorado) is getting some pretty nasty thunderstorms, with hail. Also, it could drop into the high 30's-low 40's overnight.
But, that's for later. Here's where things stand from the road:
Day crew is now on shift and took Rob into the Kayenta time station (#11) at about 11:15 AM EDT. That puts him in fourth place, about an hour behind Mark Pattinson.
John Browne says he doing well, nothing out of the ordinary to report. It's a relatively short (44 miles) trip, and downhill profile to TS 12 in Mexican Hat, UT. Rob will enjoy the break.
For those of you new to following RAAM, you are probably just getting a sense of how tortuous it can be to be watching from afar. We don't know what's happening on a minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour basis and sometimes it seems like it takes an eternity for Rob to arrive at the next time station. Well, if he's on a 30 mile climb, into that time station, then it will take a bit longer.
RAAM is chaos played out at 15 mph. No single thing matters all that much, but a thousand little things add up to the whole of the race.
My only advice is get used to it. A week from now, we're likely to still be here. Don't read anything good or bad into the raw data, except this: average speed and miles per day are king.
As of right now, I am predicting a 48 hour mileage total of approx 750 miles. That's 375 miles per day, or 15.6 mph, which is both fantastic and unsustainable.