It’s All In The Equipment

I’m in full-throttle prep for our annual racetrack trek.  I’m stocking up the larder to ensure my home’s inhabitants’ don’t go hungry while I’m on my cross-country adventure.  I’ve started the arduous task of culling through drawers and closets to assemble a 10-day all-weather wardrobe for each of my kids (I’m going to be gone 5 days but you can never be too prepared around here) to ensure they can weather either a blizzard or heat wave while I’m gone.  In between these preparations, I’m attempting to get myself packed and ready to roll.  Tickets? Check! Hotel reservations? Check! Road trip helps on my Smartphone…need to do some research.  Below you’ll find links to the most robust and helpful travel apps available today.  Several of them will be of great use while we are on the road.  Need to find cheap gas nearby, there’s an app for that.  Wondering what the nearest tourist attractions are, how to get there and what visitors’ reviews are of the attraction, there’s an app for that.  Check out the links below.  You’ll be directed to several curated sites providing reviews, downloads and suggestions.

5 Best Travel Apps for iPhone | 360 Degree Technosoft

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These iPhone apps take top to bottom care right from booking the ticket to planning the trip, visiting places, searching hotels, road-maps, inventions and much more. In short they act as a guide for the traveler and give them 

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Travel Apps You Must Have For 2014 – Hartford Courant

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Available for Android and iOS. For travels closer to home, At-Hand Apps offers a number of go-to guides for discovering and exploring destinations all around New England. Massachusetts At-Hand, Connecticut At-Hand, 

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Best travel apps for iPhone – iDownloadBlog

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Whether you want a great deal on a hotel, recommendations on good eats, or are planning an all-inclusive trip to the Bahamas without the kids, we’ve got a list of the best travel apps that will help make that come true…

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Best Free Travel Apps for 2014 – The Vacation Gals

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Free. Android and iOS. Driving. waze travel app GasBuddy — Gas prices can vary by 20 cents or more and that can affect your vacation budget. GasBuddy is crowd sourced; users are excited to help their “buddies” find the 

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TOP 10 Best Travel Apps for iPhone » Design You Trust

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www.bestdesignguides.com/top-10-best-travelapps-for-iphone/. If you will travel, be ready with the top 10 best and most essentials apps for iPhone. With this shortlist you will be prepared to get the best hotels, restaurants, clubs, bars and …

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Best Android GPS Apps For Your Road Trips – Travel N Camping Info

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Here are the top five Android GPS Apps for your road trip. With these amazing little android GPS apps, you can reach your destination place on time, relaxed as.

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The Essential iPhone Travel Apps That I Can’t Live Without …

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Hey guys. I’m not going to lie, travelling and taking photographs is a fantastic way to live. How I managed to sit behind a desk in a company for years before I upped sticks and left is beyond me however this isn’t what I am here 

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iPhone and iPad travel apps, chosen by our readers – Head for Points

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Head for Points readers present their favourite travel, airline and flight apps – often little known – for your iPhone or iPad (many also available on Android)…

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5 Best Travel Planning Apps for Android Phones

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Here are the top 5 travel planning apps on your android phone. Whether you are hitting roads or talking to skies, having an android phone along with you on a.

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28 Days

Watching the Rolex 24 this weekend woke my little race demon inside from her long winter’s nap.  Traditionally, during this stretch of short days and long, dark nights, I find myself slogging through the drudgery of the everyday.  January typically finds me restlessly working through my day job, cleaning out long overdue closets and drawers over my lunch hour and running toward the windows when small slivers of sun appear unexpectedly.  The only time I’m able to get my Fit Bit to register”Very Active Minutes” is the three times a week I rend myself unable to speak in full sentences during extremely vigorous spin classes. I think I am subconsciously trying to get somewhere, who knows where, but I’m going to keep pedaling until I figure that out.

Thankfully, around the third week of January, little tidbits of info and data start winding their way through the airwaves, drivers and sponsors mysteriously start re-appearing and Daytona International Speedway comes to life.  There’s generally a lighter mood in the house on Rolex weekend and this year there was a bonus, the Manufacturer’s Boat Show was in town.  Nothing like sitting on the back of a new Searay 350, vodka tonic in hand to help you imagine yourself deeply enjoying a warm spring day on the lake.  And by the way, have you seen the new Searay 350????????  Way to go! Way to go!  A stellar example of taking consumer feedback and handing your competition it’s booty with your new product launch.  Formula beware, you’ve been served.  I’m a Searay girl and I have to say, the best I’ve seen from them since the 280 BR.

The start of Speed Weeks is a few short days away and it’s time to start planning our next big race adventure, Trip 2014.  The decision has been made.  Californ-I-A here we come.  The Kansas contingent will be hitting the road this year to attend the Auto Club 400 in March.  As we vacillated between California and Richmond I took a quick survey of the tracks we have left to see on our quest to attend a race at each track on the circuit.  After 12 years, approximately 25,000 miles driven, 180 hours of windshield time and countless conversations about everything under the sun, we are down to a handful of tracks still to visit.  I was really wary of CA, not ever truly believing we would attempt the roadtrip necessary to mark that track off the list, but after we conquered Dover last year, we both agree, what’s a few more hundred miles.

I am in the process of gathering up the many tidbits of memorabilia, photos, documenting snippets of memories and trying to find the various track maps we’ve used over the years.  There are three large crates of “stuff” sitting in my office waiting for me to sort through. One of the freshest memories was documented in a Facebook post I made shortly after I returned from the Monster Mile last year.  Comical in it’s frankness, but honest in it’s content.  Strange, I think I already knew in June JJ would win again and who would have ever imagined what was to become of Tony’s season.

So as I leave you today, stay warm and stay patient, we’re almost there.  Murteza out.

Well, back to work this morning from another wonderful adventure with my Mom.   We did Dover this time.  Hard to believe we are now down to Chicago, Martinsville, Phoenix, Vegas and Fontana, and of course, The Big One, the D500.  Thelma and Louise have done some serious trekking over the last 12 years!  We would have a couple of others conquered but had to make three stops at Talladega, we just couldn’t help ourselves.  Skinny on Dover:  Highway 1 is really 113, remember this, highly important! Parking is easy, Highway 1 to Leipsic Blvd, turn right, three houses on the left.  $50 for the weekend, you are literally 100 yards from Miles.  Bring lots in your cooler, not many vendors.  Buy tickets on the 4th turn, rows 38 and up are good and they have an elevator up.  If anybody’s thinking about the fall race, give me a call, I can give the lowdown on hotels and such.  Awesome racing, worth the trip and I especially like it when my friend Jimmie jumps the restart and gives us a finish we can all appreciate!  Go Tony!

 

 

 

Daytona International Speedway – Up Close

The weatherman predicts 50’s later in the week in Kansas City, almost spring like and a welcome change after our recent winter weather.  This predicted tease by Old Man Winter reminds me the Daytona 500 is only a few short weeks away.  It also reminds me, it’s time to plan my annual NASCAR trek for 2014.  After 10 great years of memory filled road trips, Mom and I have only five tracks on the circuit we have not visited in our quest to attend a race at every race track on the NASCAR circuit.  I don’t think Daytona Beach is in the cards this year, but I’m still doing a little dream tripping this morning.  If you are targeting the 2014 Daytona 500, use this info to plan your trip to Daytona Beach, Florida and Daytona International Speedway.

Planning A Trip to the Daytona 500 – Daytona Beach Blog

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Fishing in Daytona Beach During Spring Time | New Smyrna Beach …

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Fishing in Daytona Beach During Spring Time. Posted on March 21, 2012 by. Daytona Beach Fishing If you’re looking to get a head start on fishing this spring, you’ll definitely want to head down to Florida. Daytona Beach fishing is some of the best in the U.S. no matter what the time of year, but spring can be especially nice because the weather is moderate, the oceans are calm, and the fish are Really, there’s no reason you shouldn’t plan your trip for the spring in Daytona Beach.

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Enjoy Car Racing and Family Beaches in Daytona Beach, FL …

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A family beach vacation in Daytona Beach is the best of both worlds: Florida beaches and tons of family fun. Find great deals Find tips from parents about packing, planning, flying, navigating a theme park, safety, and more.

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Provides information on hotels and resorts, restaurants, beaches, walking and driving tours, nighttime entertainment, shopping, and sightseeing.

 

Daytona Beach – It’s Much More Than a Vacation Spot – It’s a Destination – J&P …

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In fact, Daytona Beach is rated as one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the United States, offering more than 23 miles of white sandy beaches with options for great fishing, surfing and night life. The good thing about planning a vacation to Daytona Beach is that there’s really no bad time of year to visit.

Visit http://daytonabeach.com/ to get more information on planning your next vacation to the Daytona Beach Florida area.