It's the month of May again, and the time of year when frequent trips to Indianapolis signal it is time for the Indianapolis 500 and our family’s traditional back and forth trek to the Speedway. The ritual has morphed through many changes over the years, beginning 40 years ago with Tom’s frequent statement: “When I retire I am going to spend the whole month of May in Indianapolis watching the cars go ‘round'.This will be the last year that working restricts Tom’s presence at the track, and we’ll have to wait one more year to see how that statement plays out!
The month of May activities opened on May 10 with the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which was won by Simon Pagenaud. Tom, Micah, and Caleb made a day trip for this big event. Next the 500 Time Trials were held over two days, May 17–18, a much shorter time span than in the past.
Ella drove the Silvermine to Mounds State Park Friday afternoon, met Micah, and set up camp. Tom and Caleb left Van Wert at 11:30 Friday night, arrived at 2:00 a.m., slept for 4 hours and the three boys left for the track at 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning. On Sunday, they repeated the early trek to the track to watch the race for the pole. Ed Carpenter was the last of the nine fastest racers from Saturday to hit the track and used his last lap to knock off James Hinchcliffe. This good hometown Indiana boy sat the pole two years in a row!
My boys won't be bothered with the encumbrance of documenting their day with pictures, but Micah did send me a panoramic view of their seating for time trials. It seems that other race fans do not feel the need to be in their seats by 8:00 each morning!
With a Saturday morning and afternoon on my hands, I took a little trip into a Fry’s – a big electronics store in Indianapolis. I found absolutely nothing that I wanted or needed but had a good time looking at all my options. I hate to admit that the most interesting thing for me in the whole store was when I visited the restroom and had a seat – the notice on the inside of the door took way longer to read than the business that I needed to conduct! I took a picture so I could read the rest . . . later! It all seemed very complicated!
Next up -- 4 days at the track! I'll try to have more pictures to share.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown