Even though yesterday was kind of hot, last night managed to get down to the low 60s so I was perfectly comfortable. I had been looking at the Grand Junction weather which looked pretty hot but I'm a couple thousand feet higher than Grand Junction so the weather is a little cooler.
The racers have been trickling in last night and this morning and now the part of the lower pits that I'm in is starting to look full and the race crews are spreading out to other areas. I'm figuring out that I'm not in THE pits I'm just in one pit area and the pit is scattered all over.
It's still early but so far the 400 watts of solar panels that I have now is doing way better than the 200 watts I had before. Even though I'm using my amp guzzling Asus 17 inch laptop a lot I've been nowhere near running low on battery power like I was at Monarch. The batteries are keeping my refrigerator, my two laptops, not at the same time, my MiFi, my cell phone, my lights, and my vent fan, running without any problems. But like I say it's still early and I won't fully trust my solar system until it keeps me powered up and comfortable until this trip is over.
There's a mandatory driver's meeting in Grand Junction this afternoon so I assume all the race participants will be back and in the pits before dark tonight. Even though my experience with hill climb raises are limited I still have enough experience to know that things will get pretty noisy in the pits tonight, as different types of race vehicles get tuned to within an inch of their lives. And the revving of engines will start again about sunup.
I can't and won't complain because I have inserted myself into this situation on purpose. Partially because it's fun and exciting, and also the next time I'm boondocking in Arizona and somebody next to me starts up a generator I'll be able to laugh at the puny sound it makes knowing I've boondocked next to 800 hp engines being tuned up.
Open wheel class cars waiting to be unloaded.
A few racers in another part of the pits.
Most folks try to do anything they can to stay out of the sun and be comfortable. Since Hill Climb is a family thing, it's fairly common to see multiple race vehicles, one for each member of the family that wants to race.
It can get pretty crowded in the pits so some folks like to get off by themselves, if I was a racer this would be me.