Posted by: Sue D. Gelber | March 27, 2010

Sleeping in a van

The relay presented a unique sociological experience: getting to live in a van for two days with 5 other people. That sounds like fun, doesn’t it? It offered many learning opportunities. I am now quite adept at “bathing” and changing in convenience store restrooms. And I have a new familiarity the diverse culinary offerings that can be found along secondary highways.

You would think that falling asleep would not be a problem after being awake for close to 24 hours, and having run 10 miles and biked another 10 (to escort 2 runners). And you would be wrong. Perhaps it was the trucks rushing by as we sat parked on the side of the road. Perhaps it was the seat belt buckle jamming into my ribs. Or perhaps was the classic toddler challenge – I was overtired.

In any case, for some bizarre reason my mind flashed to Ireland. Kinsale in particular. Why? I have no idea. Maybe it’s because Ireland is a quiet country, and Kinsale has nice restaurants and B&Bs with comfortable beds and warm duvets. Sounds heavenly right about now.


  1. Don’t want to wake you, but sounds like you are almost to the home stretch. Just keep thinking of a hot shower, warm meal and most importantly a big bed!!
    You go girl!

  2. GO SUE!!! After you are done, you’ll likely look back, read these blog posts and say “I WANT TO DO ANOTHER RELAY!” 🙂 Keep it up!

  3. sounds a lot like our winnetka relay race: kitchen to basketball game, hand off the beer, back to kitchen, etc., etc., in between we struggled to sleep during the basketball games and then went outside for a natural boost provided by 30 degree weather.

    still trying to find the meaning in your relay. you could have stayed here…and participated in the one in the neighborhood. but we are all jealous and proud at the same time so hurry up and come home!

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