Rain that is just starting to ping against the windshield.
When my favorite skipper and Moresailesaid push Spawn off the beach for the Everglades Challenge each March, their focus is 100% on getting to Key Largo.
The event is an "unsupported" adventure race, which means the racers carry whatever they expect to need. Preparation is key: for months, I'll find lists of how many AA and AAA batteries, of food ideas, of which things need fixing.
There are long looong phone calls about how best to stow gear.
But when they take off at 7 am on the first Saturday in March, my focus changes.
I'm ground control, so I keep an eagle eye on their SPOT track. And another eagle eye on the weather news.
And another on the WaterTribe tracking page and on the RaceOwl page when the WaterTribe page gets bogged down.
Plus one more on what's shaking on the social networks. Oh, and maybe a peek at the weather radar.
How many eyes is that?
(Whatever you do, do NOT Google "eagle spider." Jayshusmaryandjoseph)
By ten, I've managed the bronco ride home –– despite that fool motorcycle that would decide to nip in front of the big rig as we whoa'd down the exit ramp.
The bumpersticker is right: you DO have to keep an eye out for those things.
I'm emptying one vehicle and repacking another, since tomorrow I'll be conveying Spawn's trailer to Key Largo (knock wood! if nothing happens in the meanwhile! fingers crossed!).
And refreshing my screens and answering texts.