Latest update 2/21/99 5:35 PM EST
NEW PICTURES AT BOTTOM OF PAGE!!!
HITCHHIKER: 4 month old female Greyhound puppy. Tentatively named Iruska Valentine.
STARTING POINT: Abilene KS (TLC)
DESTINATION: Port Allegany PA (Carol Stiles)
TARGET DATE: Feb 19-21
Please see the suggested route table below the map. Backup people are still needed on some of the legs. If you are willing to serve as a backup driver, please email Kate.
WHERE DID WE GO?
Map courtesy of MapBlast
OUR INTREPID VOLUNTEER DRIVERS AND FOSTERS
|Click on city links for weather forecasts|
|Leg||To - from||Approx.
|1||Abilene to Kansas City KS||142||2h 30m||DONE||Jan Stewart||2/19|
|Foster overnight in KC area||--------||--------||DONE||Jan Stewart||2/19|
|2||Kansas City to Kingdom City MO||154||2h 30m||DONE||Janie Nydegger||2/20|
|3||Kingdom City to St. Louis MO||104||1h 30m||DONE||Gaye McKean||2/20|
|4||St. Louis to Bloomington IL||166||2h 45m||DONE||Adrienne Forsythe||2/20|
|5||Bloomington to Chicago IL||126||2h 15m||DONE||Donna Strawbridge||2/20|
|Overnight foster in Chicago area||--------||--------||DONE||Ken & Donna Strawbridge||2/20|
|backup foster/Toledo||Sue Williams||2/20|
|6||Chicago to Elkhart IN||104||1h 45m
plus time change
|backup||Carol Wardzinski/ Ann McInerney||2/21|
|7||Elkhart to Toledo OH||137||2h 15m||DONE||Sue Williams||2/21|
|8||Toledo to Akron OH||134||2h 15m||DONE||Jen Lyons||2/21|
|9||Akron to Barkeyville PA||83||1h 30m||DONE||Michael Bollon||2/21|
|10||Barkeyville to Port Allegany PA||116||2h 15m||N/A||Carol Stiles||2/21|
|Total||Abilene KS to Port Allegany PA||1267||21h15m*||A lot of wonderful people!||------|
* Total driving time only. Potty stops, meal stops and transfer times between runners have not been factored in. Figure at least 15 minutes per transfer stop.
ALL VOLUNTEERS: Some of you are old hands at this, but some are new, so here are some suggestions/instructions. You will be receiving email messages as a group from me as the plans develop. Please save these messages, as all the email addresses will be on the last few. If/when you reply to a group email, it's usually best to use your "Reply All" button.
If you have questions, ASK! The only dumb question is the one not asked.
Please contact both of the people you will be meeting (unless you're the first or last leg) 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.
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.
If you have trouble coming up with a meeting place, let me know. I may be able to help find something.
I will start filling in the ETA blocks on the tables when I get the first start time. 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.
On the day before the run, and the day of the run, please check the weather in the areas you will be driving and make necessary adjustments to your estimated driving time. If the weather becomes dangerous, the run will be postponed until it can be done safely. It's possible that dangerous weather conditions could develop without my being aware of it. Of course it is up to each driver's discretion whether or not he/she deems it safe enough to travel. If this happens and you can't make your leg, please let me know ASAP so that we can cancel the rest of the run and figure out what to do with the dog(s) until the weather improves.
As far as I know, I will be at home near my phone and computer during most of the run (at least until I have to leave for my leg). If I have to leave before that, I will 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, call me.
When you get back from your run, 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. This is especially important for winter runs.
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.
In nearly all cases where there was more than one volunteer for the same leg, the first person who contacted me was chosen. This is absolutely no reflection on anybody, and to those of you who might not get to take part in this run, my sincere thanks. Your turn is coming!
The dog(s) will have enough food for the trip, a leash and safe collar, and whatever medical records and other documents are required.
Take with you:
safe and be prepared to have a ball!
|Jan's son Drew,
watching TV with Valentine on
Friday night 2/19
Janie and Valentine, leaving Kansas City 2/20
|Checking out the new kid. Val's puppy party at the Strawbridge home. 2/20|
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.
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
Sparky - Windham NH to Cedar Grove NC - Apr. 17, 1999
Rooster - Cache OK to Napoleon OH - May 1-2, 1999 - Run cancelled
AC - Rock Island IL to Cedar Grove NC - May 8-9, 1999