Early June means it’s “Gear Up” time for MotorMouth! During the months from the completion of the previous Great Race, I follow the website with great care, keep in touch with Great Racers through social media and slowly start my preparation for the next “Great” event. Once the route is established, I start reading all that I can about the cities and towns through which we’ll be passing. With up to 12 crossings of the Mississippi River, a lot of time is spent learning about the importance of that great waterway. Next comes the gathering of information about the teams, the cars, the drivers and navigators. Between now and when I arrive in St. Paul,the show script and text of what is said and how it will be said is fine tuned in cooperation with Jeff and staff at headquarters… the notes start to arrive from competitors with the special stories about their team and/or their car. As each piece falls into place, the excitement builds. Indeed, it’s time to gear up for the Rally down the Mississippi!