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Mindi's Day 4

The stretch from Missouri to Kansas

Mindi - July 11, 2014 03:24 PM

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Oatmeal bypassing family reunions to make miles on day 4.

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With the Missouri capital building in the background, the streets are filled with rally cars.

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Time to get this party started...there are miles to make

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The benefits are many - helping Accelerated Cure Project for MS, seeing the countryside and the friendships, oh, the friendships.

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      This was the day that we were dreading, to be honest. I mean, how many cornfields, cows, and straight roads can one person handle in a day?
I pictured something from a Stephen King novel - desolate, remote and barren. I thought our 80 cars would be the only people we would see as we drove along Route 50 in middle America, known as the loneliest road in America.
      Ten minutes after the starting line, we were sorely mistaken. Every state and county officer in the state seemed to have interest in our driving. Stories start rolling on the walkies about APB's on all cars with rally decals and that there is a mandatory pull over ahead for all rally cars.
      We drop off the grid and head south to go around the city. Back on Route 50 ½ hour later, we are being told of more and more cops on the lookout for us. We cruise the speed limit when I'm greeted by four police. Two pull to the front of the pack and two linger back with me at the tail of the pack. For about 10 miles, the cops pace me. I think they get bored and turn off. Every few miles, we are greeted by friendly officers while driving. We wave a friendly hello.
      First checkpoint we hit is the salt caves in Hutchinson, Kansas. We hang here for a bit and watch teams come and go. A lot of ralliers are staying and doing the two-hour tour through the caves. It looks awesome, but we still have hundreds of miles to cover before we arrive in Dodge City, Kansas.
      It's the only checkpoint we hit today. The teams are hot, tired and sick of being followed by cops. After 500-plus miles, we arrive into Dodge City. It's a western town, home of OK Corral. Steakhouses and casinos litter this town’s landscape. Wyatt Earp Way houses our hotel for the night. We check in and head to a fat steak dinner. The locals tell us the place to go. We roll in and have an awesome dinner, then head back to the hotel. There's a pool, large outdoor patio. Drink some champagne, beers and scotch.
      After bed time, I hear shenanigans outside the hotel. I see team Angry Goat’s GTO wrapped in wrapping paper and Saran Wrap. Rally pranks are common. I'm surprised it's taken four days into the rally for them to start flying.
      Last day is the trip to Pueblo! 275 miles. Short day!

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