Well, team three’s spring staff made it to Beaumont, Calif., after a 36-hour drive from Atlanta, Ga. The team went through eight states in a matter of two and a half days to get to the Preseason Junior at Oak Valley, which starts on April 1.
On Sunday, the team started out at 6 a.m. by making our way through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and part of Texas. The only highlight of the trip was when we passed by the Talladega Superspeedway. Unfortunately, only half of the team saw it due to the fact it was the early morning. For those of us who were awake, it was pretty awesome to see. From there, there wasn’t much else to look at through Mississippi, Louisiana or the first half of Texas.
Once we made the overnight stop in Fort Worth, Texas, we then continued on through the second half of the state, through New Mexico and into Arizona. When I said there was nothing to look at through the first three states, there was absolutely NOTHING to look at through these states... it was desert after desert, mountain range after mountain range. The only interesting part about this leg of the trip trip was when we had to go through a United States Border Patrol checkpoint. Luckily, even with our big equipment trailer, we didn’t get held up and we went on our merry way.
After the stop in Phoenix for the night, it was time to make the final leg of the trip to Beaumont, Calif. Our tournament director even let us sleep in a bit before we got on the road (which was amazing). The team was about 35 miles out from the course when we hit a stand-still traffic jam. We sat there for a solid hour and a half due to the fact that a truck carrying some hay bails tipped over on the road. As you can imagine, when a four-lane highway goes down to one - it makes for a long wait. Over that time, we decided to have a ‘jam’ session of our own and did a little team bonding. Finally, we got through the traffic and made it to Beaumont. We are really looking forward to our first tournament.
- Cassandra Stein, AJGA Spring Staff