Today's recap (so far) -- Keith checked in to Timestation #8 (Cottonwood, AZ) at 6:10 am RAAM time (5:10 am Central.) At this point, he was nearing the portion of the route that runs on I-17 south of Flagstaff, where racers and crews must stay on the shoulder of the interstate and are not allowed to pass one another. They are also required to leave the interstate at every exit (which allows them to then pass one another or stop and give water, food, aid to their rider.) A planned rest was waiting just outside of Flagstaff.
Eric and Claudia had identified a spot just south of Flagstaff where they could bring in the RV and give Keith a chance for an extended break.
The crew members are constantly rotating, so it is impossible to say who is in the "off-duty" van or the "direct follow" van or the "errand car" at any given time. Ellen had the schedule worked out for the first three days (and further), assigning crew 10-hour shifts in one van or the other. When they are not on duty, the crew members need to be resting (sleep, if they can, but of course part of the time they are not on duty they will be driving to the location where they'll sleep and then need to get going at the end of that period soon enough to reach the place where they'll go on-duty again. If Keith has been riding while they're sleeping, they'll need to catch up with him and find a safe rendezvous point to switch crews.) It's complicated.
Around 12:00 noon RAAM time, Keith completed the stint of interstate and reached the EC Ryder RV at the specified location on the southern edge of Flagstaff. His arrival at this location is on target with the team's plan and is a stupendous accomplishment! He has just completed a grueling ride through the desert, followed by continuous climbing. (see the image below - the red arrow on the profile of the route below the map gives you an idea of the amount of climbing Keith did to get to this point.)