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Day 2 - Bill's Adventure

Now in Indiana

Bill Tumas - July 08, 2014 07:39 PM

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You can get there when there's a bridge!

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Lined up and ready for the challenges of the day

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All work and no play is not how a rally is done

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The obligatory selfie, made popular with the rally before the rest of the world caught on.

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If you're looking for a sign, you've come to the right place.

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      On a normal Tuesday morning, I will hit my snooze button a few times before waking up and heading to work, but today wasn’t a normal Tuesday, it is a Rally Tuesday!
       I was up before my alarm, counting the minutes until we headed to the starting line in Athens, Ohio.  Just like day one, we started third because we were third overall in donations to ACP for MS. Today, Tom and I decided to go for it, which in rally speak means we were looking to run well and place in the top 3. That means hit all the checkpoints in the most efficient way possible and only stop when necessary, food and bathroom breaks optional.
       At 8:30, we left the cobble streets of Athens behind and headed to the first checkpoint, which we determined was the Indian Mounds at Hopewell Culture Park. We were able to get the required picture without issue and were headed to checkpoint 2. Driving a Mustang, I was looking forward to this checkpoint because we were headed to the Warbird’s Museum to see an actual Mustang P-51 fighter plane!!
       We had two routes we could take and figured the highway route would be the quickest. It wasn’t. There were quite a few teams that we knew were behind us that were now in front as we got to the museum.  The “Cincinnati Miss” was beautiful, but we were on a mission to stay competitive, so a quick picture was taken and we were back on the road.
       Checkpoint 3 was right up my alley, Edgewater Dragstrip for some ¼ mile passes!! Unfortunately, as happens so many times in a rally, this is where our day took another turn. Thanks to a questionable Google map, the road it took us to made it hard to get to the strip because the turn it recommended would have taken us over a river, one without a bridge. Since my Mustang doesn’t float, we had to go the long way around. Twenty minutes later, we arrived at the dragstrip and figured the day was lost, so we made a couple 12-second passes and took our time heading to the next checkpoint, a garage on route 50 with some gorgeous vintage signs.
       We again got the required picture, then stopped for gas and headed to the next checkpoint.  We noticed there was a competitor in front of us that we believed was running towards the front.  We followed them to the Hayden historic gas station, where the owner announced we were the first two teams to arrive!! We were still in it! We followed the other Mustang back out to Route 50 and headed to the finish line at Spring Mill Inn near Mitchell, Indiana. We were the second team to arrive, but there were a few teams that showed up right behind us, so we will have to wait and see how we placed. Because of the staggered start times, just because you get here second doesn’t mean you are in second place. Time to cross our fingers, toes, and anything else we can and wait and see the results!! Either way, it was a great day on the road and a Top 5 finish out of 80 teams is pretty solid in our book!

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