Many of you know that I recently embarked on a 3 day whirlwind trip to Dallas via “tweet fuel”. Yes, I was part of the suburban mama Team GL in the first ever Mercedes Benz Tweet Race. And what an incredible roller coaster ride it was! There were highs, there were lows, there was snow, and there was ice. However, nothing could stop @Hoo_dee_Hoo and me from tweeting and singing our way all the way down to the good old state of Texas.
Unfortunately for us, the first day of our journey was spent in @Hoo_dee_Hoo’s kitchen, thanks to Mother Nature dumping a ridonkerous blizzard on the midwest. We were literally snowed in while the other three teams began their road trip of a lifetime.
However, despite arguing kids in the background and normal family chaos swirling around about us, we made the most of it by engaging our followers with funny tweets and goofy videos of us being complete and total jackasses. We were so happy later that evening when they had cleared the roads enough for my husband to drive us to a hotel down in the city for the night.
The next morning, Day 2 of the adventure, began bright and early with a total frenzy of activity. We were swooped off to the Chicago Mercedes Benz dealer at the butt crack of dawn to get a tutorial on how to drive our pimped out car, as well as to be debriefed on all of our equipment (iPad, Droid, Flip cam, etc.) Our heads were spinning with so much information being thrown at us, but we felt like rock stars as the awesome staff of people pumped us up with well wishes. We were more than ready to just get the show on the road.
The day progressed with crazy challenges being thrown at us while continuing to make sure that we had enough tweets to keep us on “full.” It was WAY more complicated than we thought trying to multitask all the driving, navigating, and tweeting. (And here we thought we were the queens of multitasking!) We repeatedly had to pull the car off the road to snap photos or shoot videos for different challenges, and our followers were responsible for helping to “like” and retweet our little assignments. For example, the Grand Marshal challenge required us to find a Benz dealership and lead a parade of at least five Mercedes vehicles. Click on the following picture to check it out:
The day ended with us trying our darnedest to round up twenty-five people at a Benz dealer in Kansas City to pose for a group photo with us. (Do you have any idea how friggin’ difficult it is to gather that many strangers in one place at 7:00 p.m. on a random Thursday evening??!) We were so relieved to finally reach our second day’s destination of Lawrence, Kansas. After twelve hours on the road we were pretty much cross-eyed and all kinds of slap happy. We grabbed some much needed dinner (since we’d survived mainly on Sun Chips and jelly beans all day long) and collapsed into our hotel beds for the night.
Day Three of our adventure took us through the VERY icy state of Oklahoma. And let me just tell ya that those people do NOT know how to plow a damn road. We spent much of the day white knuckling the steering wheel as we crept along a one lane road of ice. Challenges kept being thrown at us, however, and we were determined to keep turning up the fun factor as much as possible for our awesome followers. For example, we gave out another one of our MVPee awards for restroom cleanliness to this fine recipient:
With our tweet meter on full and our tweeps on our side, we kept on truckin’ down the slippery highway. Many a prayer was muttered as we focused on not driving Glenda Lynn (our nickname for the GL) into the nearest ditch. And when we finally started seeing signs for Dallas, I’m pretty sure the skies parted and the angels sang Hallelujah.
And what an incredible moment it was to pull up to the Gaylord Texan Resort and be greeted by a swarm of people who were cheering and snapping pictures of us. Sure we came in third place, but we still felt like the Lohans, minus the crotch shots and arrest records. It was so great to be able to meet the amazing people who’d been behind the scenes of the race, as well as the other competing teams. Everyone was so down to earth and grateful for the experience. I truly had the time of my life, and I owe it all to you! (Cue the cheesy Dirty Dancing music….)