Wednesday, July 7, 2010
That’s right, we can’t believe it either, and we’ve only been back for three weeks. With Ted discovering a new route and our discovering ????? (Sorry, we can’t tell you that one, but it’s huge!) we now believe we can make the 48 state drive in 94 hours. Don’t get us wrong, we are very excited and proud of our 97 hour time, but with these two new discoveries, we just can’t allow those extra hours to get away. We are either going this summer or next May. We’ll keep you posted. Speaking of keeping you posted, just before we leave we will give you a heads up and you are going to love what we have planned in keeping you posted throughout the trip. You are going to feel like you are in the car with us. So get ready, here we go again!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Of course the route is the number one secret. Keep in mind that we hold the “shortest” route on record for a 48 state drive, 6500 miles. That said, that route is NOT the “fastest” route. We’ll give you a hint why, “The “shortest” distance between two points is not always the “fastest”. We are blessed to have the greatest “Mapster” in the world, Ted Jacobs. Ted won many awards for mapping while in the Army. Believe it or not, Ted called us the day after we set the new record at 97 hours and told us that he has a “faster” route. Tired as we were, Andrew and I said, “Let’s do it”. Next year?
The next most important thing in our record breaking attempts is asking ourselves this, “What saves us another second of driving time?” Sound obvious? You’d be surprised how much time can be wasted out there. We can’t give any secrets away but allow your imagination to run wild. Ask yourself, “What would tempt me to waste time on a four day continuous car trip?” Figure those things out and then find a way to avoid them. Sorry, but that’s all we can say.
We pride ourselves for having a great plan and then executing that plan. Keeping that in mind, a 48 state drive can have a thousand things go wrong. Anything from car failure, flat tires, accidents (either ours are someone down the road clogging up the highway), weather to traffic can throw you a curve ball. The idea is to minimize those hindrances and have options to everything that can go wrong. In other words it’s not an event of just getting into the car and driving. You have to plan and plan well, then execute.
I hate to tease you but we counted 21 secrets we have to a successful world record breaking 48 state drive. We wish we could share them with you but we can’t. Some you can only imagine and some you might say, “Now that’s brilliant!” Put your thinking cap on and try to figure out what you would do to make the trip faster, OTHER THAN SPEEDING OF COURSE. SPEEDING IS OUT OF THE QUESTION! We think you’ll find it fun to imagine what these secrets could be.
Monday, June 21, 2010
See Ted's MVR ran today and Jay's as well.
Motor Vehicle Record
MVR 1Driver:Age:Marital status:Gender:MVR date:MVR status:TED JACOBS60Male06-21-2010ClearLicense number:State:Classification:Issue date:Expiration date:Status:108XXXXXX TNA-COMM,GCWR>26000 07-20-200908-08-2014VALID Violations
License Status: VALID
Motor Vehicle Record
MVR 1Driver:Age:Marital status:Gender:MVR date:MVR status:JONATHAN LOWE55Male06-21-2010ClearLicense number:State:Classification:Issue date:Expiration date:Status:06XXXXXX TXC-N-COM,GVWR<26001 06-12-197003-07-2011CLEAR Violations
License Status: CLEAR
Sunday, June 20, 2010
We each want to thank our wives for not only allowing us to make the trip, but being such an encouragement to us all. We could have never completed the trip and succeded without the support from the love of our lives. Thank you so much Sherry (Jay), Shay (Andrew) and Beth (Ted).
A special thanks to Russell and his crew at Enterprise for making the van available. It performed with excellence!
We want to thank our departing witnesses, State Farm agent Anita Wardwell and Spokane Statesman Review photographer Kathy Plonka for meeting us at the state line of Montana and Idaho. In addition, we want to thank our arriving witnesses, State Farm agent Michael Heyl and his wife Barbara for hanging around at the Vermont state line waiting. All of you guys were so wonderful to take time out for us.
And a very special thanks to WFAA Channel 8, WBAP, KRLD, The Dallas Morning News, The Ft. Worth Star Telegram, the Colleyville Courier and the Spokane Statesman Review for following the story and making it so much fun for us. We were so blessed to have you (literally) along with us on the trip. You all made is to much more fun for us.
And last, but not least, we want to thank all of you for your support. We loved getting your posts and emails, encouraging us the entire trip. We can't thank you enough for your kind words and your prayers.
Sincerely, Jay, Andrew and Ted
Saturday, June 19, 2010
At this point 96 hours may tight. It all depends on what traffic we have in the upcoming state. So far it has not been terrible, but not as smooth as we would like. My calculations have us coming close to the 96 hours, but we are re-routing something at the last minute to make up some time. We know for sure, unless something really bad happens that we can break the current documented record of 104 hours so we will just have to how this plays out. Here is a picture from one of our most recent states.
Friday, June 18, 2010
I need to have something other than this for dinner. I don't feel well!
More to come...
Look kids the mighty mississip, the old miss, the old man....Deep River!!
Beautiful Farmland in State #27.
Yes we still brush our teeth. We try to stay somewhat hygenic.
Hey we have a kitchen,
So we are through 27 states....67% of the trip complete. More to come!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Ted and I would like to take this time to commend Andrew for the excellent job he is doing keeping us on target. There are two obvious reasons why a navigator is necessary, number one being it is rule #5 in the Guinness rules for this event. No navigator, invalidates the attempt. That aside Ted and I can think of a better reason, he is an awesome asset to this challenge. From traffic, to gas stops, to food, to pace, to documentation, to clear direction....etc. He is the one who keeps us alert. Andrew gets the least amount of sleep. With his computer on his lap he continuosly is updating our logs, calculating our mileage and progress, checking updated traffic reports and assuring us of the best availible gas stop ahead. Balancing three stopwatches at one time Andrew always knows where we are supposed to be and where we are at all times regarding reaching our goals. Rule #5? You bet that is a great reason to have Andrew, BUT he has become the greatest asset to our team.
Well we are just about to hit the halfway mark, 50% of the trip completed. Remember when you would go on vacation and you would ask your parents if you were there yet? Who would think after driving for more than 40 hours that would be halfway. We think that fact is pretty cool. Catch us on WFAA channel 8 in Dallas on the 5 o'clock news.
Pre stop drill
Jay has already been inside for the ice and to use the restroom. I went inside and used the restroom and will finish filling up the car. Ted is inside now.
Ted is running back out. Everyone is jumping in and just waiting for the car to finish.
Every last drop of gas counts!!!
Final numbers...He shoots he scores...Great stop guys!!!
Secondly there are a lot of deer and such on the roads at this time of night. I grew up in rural Missouri and I have seen my fair share of animals crossing the street, but nothing like this. I was in India a couple of years ago and when they drive down the road they are constantly honking the horn to keep people from walking out in front of the cars and getting killed. We might as well be driving a cab in Delhi because I think we just shorted out our horn. Ha Ha! Shout out to my friend in India. Hello Baba!! He and his family run an orphanage/mission for about 100 boys in northen India.
More to come.....We'll be on WFAA around 6:45 cst. Thank you WFAA! Stay tuned.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Quick question for our readers, do you want to see more video or pictures? What questions might you have for us???