A typical day of LazCon
14 hours on the road
2 hours clean-up, eat, write, plan
7 hours sleep
1 hour getting up and back out
Start time varies depending on the previous day’s finish time, but earlier is better (around 5:00-6:00am).
Ways to help Laz
1) the biggest: getting his pack from beginning to end (he’s also inherited a cooler and folding chair somewhere along the line)
2) tour guide: he loves hearing stories / history from your part of the country while walking the route
3) rides to/from his stopping point to his hotel and back again
He’s found that a tag-team of two crew works best — taking turns walking and moving a vehicle up the course.
What is involved with crewing for Laz?
Suggested reading, to get an idea of what to expect:
1) Tim Hardy’s report of crewing Laz
2) Ron Smith’s list of things he learned crewing for Laz.
3) Mary Hosbrough’s crewing tips
4) Lee Hosbrough’s hints for crewing Laz
- Keep Laz honest with time. If he says he wants to sit for ten minutes, start nudging him at five minutes. His 10-minute breaks are 16 minutes or so. It all adds up.
- At the endpoint of the day, take a picture of a sign or other landmark and send it to the following day’s crew.
- Laz drinks Dr. Pepper and Gatorade, does not drink coffee or tea.
- Laz doesn’t like his pack being more than 5-10 minutes from him.
- Laz also said he only eats “meals”, so no need to bring snacky stuff and he’s not a “fruit and yogurt type of guy”. He likes to have a sausage and cheese omelet in the morning, and he probably won’t eat again until he stops for the day. But the drinks are always welcome.
- Milkshakes require a straw (it’s a beard thing).
- Sightseeing – if it’s not on the course, there isn’t time to do it.
Laz has been about a day behind schedule for the few weeks — see LazCon Tracker.
In planning logistics, it would be helpful to know your plans of helping him out.
– How you’d like to help (crew, tour guide, shuttle)
– Start Date/TIme
– End Date/TIme
– Cell Phone
If you volunteer to help Laz, I will connect you with the others crewing that day to allow you to coordinate your activities.