This is a day of final scouting and then dealing with logistics. Right now Zack and Paul are up in north Jersey nailing down the northern route. Bert and Mike are in the south doing the same. Sometime around noon Paul (and Anita) and Zack will drive back to Paul's house in Montgomery County PA, scout along the way, leave the vehicles used during scouting at the Guris's and pick up the rental van. Mike and Bert will do last minute scouting in the south including checking information from last night's swap meet. Late afternoon Bert will get up to Mike's house for what has become a tradition. Pizza, one beer and lots of looking at the Delorme Atlas of New Jersey.
Early evening Paul and Zack will bring the rental van to a rest stop on the Garden State Parkway. Mike's wife Jeanne will drive Mike, Bert and the food and beverages up to the same rest stop. We should meet about 8-9 pm. This will be the first time the team has been together since last year's event!
"Stuff" will be moved from vehicle to vehicle. If all goes well, about 9 pm the team will be in the van heading up to Great Swamp. Scouting stories will be swapped, friendly insults will be exchanged, and a stop at Starbucks will be made.
Midnight will find the team standing at the edge of a marsh in Great Swamp NWR. The event begins!