2002 Suzuka Reader Feedback

Elliot Strong
by Elliot Strong
Contributor Matthew Lopez managed to find some extra change under his sofa cushions and paddled all the way over to Japan in a handmade canoe, just because he is such a dedicated racing fan. And you, fellow MO reader, can read of his travels and travails and live vicariously through his wild and crazy adventures...

Japan, 13 August 2002 -- It's one of the shortest yet most difficult walks I've ever taken, transitioning from the cool sanctuary of a 747 to the tarmac at Osaka's Itami International Airport where only the unforgiving heat and humidity of the Japanese summer await. If I didn't know better I would have thought my plane accidentally diverted to some godforsaken tropical banana republic, but no, I really am on that tiny island-nation across the Pacific on a mission to see the Suzuka 8 Hours or die trying.

Perhaps I am unique among travelers who normally go through the trouble of, oh, booking hotels and planning transportation while visiting foreign lands because for this, or any trip, I haven't done any of that. Please don't judge me too harshly, it's just that I believe spontaneity is one of life's finest spices and a commodity too few these days are willing to risk anxiety over. As Admiral Farragut would say, "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!"

Sounds good to me- read the article and regale us with your wit and wisdom as you provide that ever-crucial feedback below.

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