Vancouver cousins team up for offroading navigation competition

first_imgEvery day for a week, Kris Vockler and Char O’Day woke up knowing where they needed to go but unsure of how to get there.“You’re lost from the beginning,” O’Day said.It was O’Day’s job to get the duo to their destinations. She was the navigator and Vockler was the driver during the Rebelle Rally, a seven-day, 1,200-mile off-roading excursion through parts of California and Nevada.It was the duo’s first off-roading event, although O’Day has been off-roading since 2000 and Vockler started off-roading a bit while in Prairie High School, and has gotten serious about it in the last five years. This was the second year of the Rally, an all-women’s off-roading race.Vockler, 46, of Vancouver was the driving force behind the duo’s entry into the event. O’Day, 66, of Vancouver was nervous about the event, and about failing. O’Day said she was pushed to enter by her husband and Vockler. The two have known each other since Vockler was born — they are cousins.Navigation challengeEach day of the race, there were 12 to 25 checkpoints. The duo got a map of the checkpoints about an hour before heading out each morning, and they had to map out how to get to them from base camp. They could use only a map and compass to get to as many checkpoints as they could. Before the race, the organizers took away everyone’s cellphones and put up cardboard over each vehicle’s GPS system.last_img

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