I made it, I made it! After daring to defy the traffic gods and head up to meet the team at the peak of rush hour, I rolled in a mere (cough!) 40 minutes after Katya (the previous runner) finished her leg. Including the time spent kicking the dust waiting for me to show up, her recorded time for the 2.5 mile leg comes out to 1:15hr :) Fortunately, or unfortunately, we were about that amount of time ahead of schedule, so now we're right back on. In spite of the delay, our very considerate team stopped me from leaping directly out of the moving car and sprinting down the road, in order to take a little water and, of course, grab our "baton" (a slap-bracelet).
The rest of the 5.0 mile leg passed without incident, unless you count the increasingly beautiful scenery. Right through a valley of lush pastures overlooked by the snow-sprinkled cascades, and then through the trees along the sun-dappled coastline of the bay. The sun was at the perfect angle to set everything glowing, so it was challenging to keep my eyes on the road!
We're now kicking back with some pasta in Burlington, getting geared to meet van 1 again. One third of the course down!