I rode in the 2014 Park 'N Ride rally today. I had a good route plan, but there were way too many traffic issues throughout the day, and I had to cut bonuses out one by one to keep with the schedule. At the end of the day, I was faced with the decision to either head straight back to the barn, or risk missing the hard-and-fast 3:00pm deadline by stopping at the Crystal Cathedral. I had a feeling that skipping the Crystal Cathedral would remove any chance I had at winning, so I made the stop.
But that extra stop caused me to miss the deadline by 3 minutes, causing a 50% deduction in my points. My friend Erik Lipps had the winning ride in any event, and earned his victory.