Rally Day 4
Missouri to Kansas
Bill Tumas - July 11, 2014 10:25 AM
On the road againCourtesy of Bill Tumas
The crowd is starting to gather at a Kansas checkpoint.Courtesy of Bill Tumas
This town came out with the rally spirit...thanks, Emporia!Courtesy of Bill Tumas
Last stop before the final dayCourtesy of Bill Tumas
We woke up to a beautiful morning in Jefferson City, Missouri. The hotel gave us private parking in their garage, so there was probably nobody sleeping past 7 a.m. as 60+ Rally cars roared to life and headed to the downtown starting location.
Even though we were no longer eligible to win, we took our spot up front and hit the road at 8:30. We took a look at the checkpoints offered and decided which ones we really wanted to see, and which ones we might skip, given today’s finish line in Dodge City, Kansas was almost 500 miles away. Since there were not a lot of route options, we figured most of the checkpoints would be somewhat close to Route 50.
Our clue for checkpoint 1 was an 8 ball and we were told to find the biggest one we could find. A quick google search had us headed to Tipton, Missouri, to see a water tower painted just like an 8 ball. A quick picture and we were off to checkpoint 2. Our clue this time was a picture of a travel trunk that belonged to the women who founded Sedalia, Missouri. We were able to determine the trunk was at the Katy Train Station, a beautifully restored train station with a nice museum inside.
Checkpoint 3 was a statue of a dog with quite a story behind it, but we decided to pass on that one and head to Emporia, Kansas. Emporia was supposed to be a secret checkpoint, but the town was so excited we were coming that they leaked the location on the web, so we all knew where we were going.
Emporia personified what is great about this rally. The town LOVED that we were coming and really rolled out the red carpet for us. They brought classic cars, water, candy, and lots of people! It almost makes you get an idea what it is like to be famous when we pulled in and cameras started going off! We spent quite a bit of time checking out the All Veterans Memorial and talking to the locals. We got a tip for some good BBQ, so we said our goodbyes and grabbed some good eats before hitting the road to Dodge City.
This was probably the longest stretch in the rally. Route 50 between Emporia and Dodge City is long and flat. There were a couple checkpoints to check out, including a salt mine and a sod house, which broke up the long stretch. A few hours later, we rolled into the finish line at the Boot Hill Casino and headed to the hotel for a rest after the long day. Hard to believe Friday is the last day for the CJ Pony Parts Rally Route 50 as we head out of Dodge City and head for Pueblo, Colorado!