Starting in July f 2015, I was on the road a lot – and all the way into 2016. I was wracking up the frequent flyer miles and living out of a suitcase like a road rat.
First up in July of 2015 was Swainsboro, Georgia, where I worked with a new client on Raceday. Learned a lot that day about the state of Kart racing!
In August I headed to Spokane Washington to work with a new car group up there. they were fantastic and I had a blast. Gorgeous area I would like to explore again when I have more time!
In September, I was off to Chicago – partially for work, but also to wrap up some loose ends from some of the snowmobile stuff. A lot of my junk was stored at a friends house there, and I was finally ready to get it out of their way. On the way back, I was delayed for hours from this truck fire along the interstate.
In October it was time to start doing some Raceday trade shows. First up was the Off-Road Expo in Pomona, California, where me and Grant Klinsing tried out the new booth for the first time. The show was good for us; we found a lot of new customers and then slowly started getting them signed up.
When I got home, I found the trucking company, Total Quality Logistics, had mangled our cases, but we had no time to fix them as we were off to the AIME expo in Orlando, Florida a couple days later.
Also in October, I was off to Los Vegas to work with another client out there.. and talk to a few more.
In December, Grant, JD and I all went to the PRI show in Indianapolis. We did not take the booth – instead we just walked around and talked to potential clients.. this turned out to be one of the best shows yet, netting about 40 leads.
Later in December I was back up in Minnesota for the Holidays. Drove up, and got to meet my newest nephew whose name I can’t pronounce nor spell, so I am just going to call him Thor.
In early February, I was off to Northern Michigan to work with another client. Nerve wracking, as this was super-bowl weekend and my beloved Broncos were in the game! Fortunately I was able to get back to Colorado in time to watch it with friends… I was also thrilled to see Gabe Bunke win again at the famed 500 lap race!
Right after that, I was back up in Minnesota working with the Oval Racers Alliance at the Alexandria Winter Spectacular – and watching Jacob Goede race my 340 RXL for the last time. After nine years, she was getting worn out and ready for a rest. She won 7 of 9 tries at Eagle River, and so many other races that I cannot remember all of them.
Then on the weekend around February 10th, I was back to St. Germain, Wisconsin for a benefit ride for the Snowmobile Hall of Fame, including getting to see the Polaris factory race truck I wrote about in Starfire Kids finally arrive at it’s new home at the Hall of Fame.
Then at the end of February, I was back in Chicago for the Race and Performance Expo. Another good one where we landed a great many leads. I no more than got home and I was back on a plane for the Kartmania expo in Myrtle Beach, Florida.
Whew! That was quite a schedule… all good and good for us, but I am so glad to be home! In the immortal words of Forrest Gump. “I’m kind of tired. I think I’ll go home now…”