Day Three - Who's Got Rhythm?

Day Three started out on the road from Camp Verde and thrust the convoy north through Hopi and Navajo territories, coming to a rest at the front door of Monument Valley. After the first big push, André's crew chief started to move your man (and so everyone else) to a more steady schedule. From now on we will begin to see a pattern. Rhythm. A nice long bike ride, followed by a 90 minute nap just before dawn. The goal is for André to go to bed in the dark and wake up in the full light. Helps to create a sense of having slept longer...

It's similar for the film crew. We shoot him getting on the road at 7, then some morning shots, some afternoon drones and GoPro management, shoot out the crew change and golden hour footage, when the sun is at it's most awesome-making position, and then the dusky shots. Dinner comes around 9 or so. Then everyone has a million batteries to charge, gear to stow, clothes to change and a bit of 'hi there, bye there' before we get back on the road. Driving up ahead of André in the evening makes the morning easier, but tiring. We will drive until 1am or so, park the minivan shooter and the RV: JoyMother (PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP WITH LUXE RV!!!), and sleep until 5:30. Then it's up, repack for the day, gobble up some kind of food for the day and meet the race just before 7. We only get about 5 hours of sleep at most, but since André only gets 90 minutes and is doing a significanly harder job...

André is consistently clocking his days in well before minimum safe distance. The race officials have plotted what the latest time anyone has ever hit the sequential time stations and still completed the race. Despite two separate breaks of 30 minutes or so to deal with mechanical issues that irritated everyone, André still hit his final mark yesterday with a full 3 hours to spare. And he's in the top third of all racers - including teams! 

Waiting...

Waiting...

New fun bit of something  - Today is Joy-A-Thon!
A 24 hour Challenge to André!

Couple things here - one, André is not a pro athlete and when he's not kicking this race's ass he is also a guy that has to take a couple weeks off work to do it. Also? MOTIVATION!  André's sisters Anya and Bianca, as well as Andre's Childhood friend Buck, and are all pledging a Buck a Mile for the next 24 hour period to help André's bottom line! Join the fun! Make a pledge! Head to our FB page to make the pledge!  This is not a film expense... All the money goes directly to André. 

The film crew is a devoted machine of parts. Everyone scrambles in tough conditions and tight quarters to come up with this story daily. There's a ton of love going around. Today was Maria's birthday! We celebrated with dinner in a Navajo roadhouse and then back to the RV: JoyMother for some strawberry shortcake. For about five minutes. Then we packed up the gear to get just a littler further down the road before the next day jumped up on us.

It's awesome being here. Making this film is a lifetime thrill, and yet at the same time it's perfectly normal. Just before he rolled this morning André said to me, "It's like I've been here before. The déjå vu is really strong. I've never rode or traveled this route before but every bend feels familiar to me. 

Tomorrow: Monument Valley, André Kajlich turns 37 years old, and we ride for Durango - the first of three cutoff stations...