This year’s Great Race started with a couple days of rain showers, but those off-and-on bouts of rain didn’t hold a candle to what we went through today. It was a steady, soaking rain that lasted from daylight until nearly dark. The day started in Bangor, Maine, and we rallied around the back roads for a few hours before landing at the Seal Cove Auto Museum. The weather didn’t cooperate with us, but as they say, the show must go on! We still had a surprising turnout for the lunch stop wash out. Today’s course instructions were tricky, as it was a late start and an early finish, leaving very little time for timed rallying. That means the racers had to be on their game for the short course.
When the racers went off the clock in the afternoon, we entered Acadia National Park, which offered a beautiful drive around the base of Cadillac Mountain, brushing against the Atlantic Coast in several areas. Our tour around the Loop Road was epic, even though the weather hindered our ability to grab some beautiful photos. After our park tour, we were destined to Bar Harbor, Maine for a beautiful stop on the water. Once again, the weather did not cooperate with us, forcing us to cancel the finish line ceremony due to the high winds and chance for severe weather. The racers still made their way into town and onto the waterfront to receive their scores. It was Jeff and Eric Fredette taking home their first daily win of the 2018 Great Race. They have been running consistently and they are in the overall lead. We have three days of rallying in front of us, and we will cross into New Brunswick, Canada tomorrow morning. Take a look at these rain soaked photos, and stay tuned for more action tomorrow!