You know that The Colonel went on a mission earlier today, and he did not want to tell us where or why he was going. He's back in the Vroom Room, and now we know why he was being discreet, and perhaps a little secretive.
The Colonel got the very unique and memorable opportunity to participate in the Aurora leg of the Olympic Torch Relay earlier today. Do we have to tell you that we have a few questions for The Colonel.
Here we go...
Q: Colonel how did you get this unique and memorable opportunity?
A: A huge Thank You to the folks that made this possible for me this morning, yes a huge THANK YOU!
Q: Can you give us a few details?
A: A while back it was suggested that perhaps it would be cool to talk to some folks that are participating in the Torch Relay. It started from there, and after several conversations this morning it became a reality.
Q: Tell us more?
A: I was very fortunate to have this unique opportunity to follow the relay in its leg through Aurora, yes I live in Aurora which made it even cooler.
Q: The logistics to have the relay run on time must be impressive.
A: These folks have all the possibilities covered, making extensive use of technology to facilitate their task, while covering 250 to 300 kms per day.
Q: Who supplies the vehicles?
A: GM is the official vehicle supplier, I rode in a Chevrolet Silverado, Coke has 2 very cool trucks, and RBC too has a cool truck. In addition to other vehicles to transport the relay runners, and pick them up, a safety vehicle in case of medical emergencies. A command vehicle, helicopters, and the ubiquitous black Suburbans.
Q: There is a lot of organisation to have this relay.
A: These folks know what they are doing, it runs smoothly and on time, today was the 50th day of the Torch Relay, there is a complete daily itinerary that is extremely detailed. The organisation is impressive, the various police forces do an incredible job to ensure that it runs smoothly.
Q: Who was drving the Silverado that you were in?
A: Art drives the Silverado, he started in Newfoundland and his making his way across Canada with the Torch Relay. Art and Serge oversee the GM fleet of vehicles, their web site is Chevrolet 2010 Road Trip.
Q: Are you going to tell us that Art and Serge are on Twitter?
A: How did you know? Sure they are @GM_ArtandSerge.
Q: You must have some interesting anecdotes, we are sure that Art must have recounted some memorable moments. Colonel what really "got to you" this morning?
A: Absolutely, Art had several moving stories. What really got to me this morning? After you see the organisation behind the Torch Relay, and the people working to ensure that it runs smoothly and on schedule.
What really gets to you is the thousand of people of all ages lining the route, it was chilly this morning, they might have been there for some time waiting. They are all smiling, with a glow in their eyes, they are participating in a unique moment.
Q: The Olympic Torch Relay is all about Canadians.
A: Exactly, its about people, its about Canadians, its about a moment in history. No wonder the folks that organise the relay work long hours, everyday they made thousands of people smile.
Q: It was a memorable experience.
A: Absolutely, the Olympic Torch Relay a very cool moment.
The photo gallery of the Torch Relay through Aurora.