update 5/6/99 3:00 PM EDT
changes, updates, new additions in bold
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HITCHHIKERS: AC, a 9 year old white/red Greyhound. He is being rescued from unfortunate circumstances, and going to NC to be fostered and evaluated for cataract surgery. Also Windy, a Saluki whose owner has died.
STARTING POINT: Rock Island IL
DESTINATION: Cedar Grove NC
TARGET DATE: May 8-9, 1999 Run cancelled because of an unfilled 250 mile gap in Illinois
Please see the suggested route tables (there are four possible routes - a new route has been added) below the map. The first route to be filled will most likely be the one we use. Anywhere there's a blank, it needs to be filled. And backups are crucial. They get called into action more often than you'd think. If you can take a leg (or two) or even part of a leg, please email Kate. Please don't be embarassed to volunteer for a partial leg. We can always try to find someone to fill in the gap. Some of the proposed legs are a bit long and none of them are carved in stone. Offering to help at all makes you a special Greyhound person.
ALSO NEED OVERNIGHT FOSTER IN EACH SPECIFIED AREA
WHERE ARE WE GOING?
Map courtesy of MapBlast
OUR INTREPID VOLUNTEER
(changes, updates, new additions in bold)
|Leg||To - from||Approx.
|1||Rock Island IL to Peoria IL||95||1h45m||Brenda Brooks (or ?)||5/8|
|2||Peoria to Urbana IL||97||1h45m||Shelly Ice||5/8|
|3||Urbana to Effingham IL||78||1h30m||5/8|
|4||Effingham to Mt Vernon IL||68||1h15m||5/8|
|5||Mt Vernon to Paducah KY||100||1h45m||5/8|
|6||Paducah to Nashville TN||138||2h15m||Sharron Lane||5/8|
|7||Nashville to Newport TN||231||3h45m||Jennifer Elder||5/9|
|8||Newport to Morganton NC||122||2h||Mike Atkinson/ Mic Cook||5/9|
|9||Morganton to Cedar Grove NC||163||3h||Robbin Wiseman||5/9|
|Total||Rock Island IL to Cedar Grove NC||1092*||19h*||A lot of
* Total driving time only. Potty stops and transfer times between runners have not been factored in. Figure at least 15 minutes per transfer stop.
ALL VOLUNTEERS: Some of you may be old hands at this, but some are new, so here are some suggestions. You will be receiving email messages as a group from me. Please save at least one of these messages (after all the spaces are filled) , as all the email addresses will be on it. If/when you reply to a group email, it's usually best to use your "Reply All" button unless your question or comment would not be of interest to the other volunteers.
Please contact both of the people you will be meeting as soon as possible. You will need to decide on specific meeting places, swap phone numbers (cell phone #s if you have them!), and descriptions of the vehicles you will be driving. If you have trouble finding a meeting place, let me know and I'll try to locate a truckstop or something for you.
When you have decided on your meeting places, please let me know. For security reasons, these will NOT be published here, but I do need to know. If you are meeting at a truckstop, restaurant or other place that will have a phone, please try to get the phone number for me. Also send me the descriptions of your vehicles. This is so I can reach you at your meeting place if necessary.
I will start filling in the ETA blocks on the tables when I get the start time for the first leg. I'll check with each of you as I go through them to be sure you think you can make the posted times. If you can't, we can adjust.
As far as I know, I will be at home near my phone and computer during the run (and most of the time until then). If I have to be away during the run, I will try to arrange for somebody else to be the central contact and let you all know who it is. If you run into any kind of problem before you leave, email me. If you run into any kind of problem after you leave that will cause a significant delay, call me or the central contact person ASAP.
When you get back from your run, please email me so I'll know your leg has been safely completed. Better yet, email the whole group. Once everybody has gotten home, it's fun to hear how the other legs went.
If you have trouble coming up with a meeting place, let me know. I may be able to help find something.
If you are listed as a backup, please make sure the primary driver for your leg knows all possible ways to contact you if you are needed.
Take with you:
Be safe and be prepared to have a ball!
OTHER GUR RUNS
See where we've been and sometimes see pictures of our passengers along the way and/or with their new families.
GUR Unofficial Homepage - what we do and why we do it.
Calendar - scheduled runs
Tambourine and Apollo - St. Louis MO to Port Allegany PA - Aug. 8-9, 1998
Grant - Sarasota FL to Raleigh NC - Aug. 8, 1998
Decoy - Goffstown NH to Durham NC - Sep. 12, 1998
Keeley - Belington WV to St. Louis MO - Nov. 7, 1998
Gabbi - Tupelo MS to Durham NC - Nov. 21, 1998
Robby - Exeter RI to Virginia Beach VA - Feb. 13, 1999
Valentine Puppy (now named Jade) - Abilene KS to Port Allegany PA - Feb. 19-21, 1999
Sparky - Windham NH to Cedar Grove NC - Apr. 17, 1999
Rooster - Cache OK to Napoleon OH - May 1-2, 1999 - Run cancelled
Crazic - Chicago to Grand Rapids MI - May 2, 1999