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The Finish Line

CJ Pony Parts Rally Route 50 Hits Colorado

Bill Tumas - July 12, 2014 12:25 PM

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It was shame to leave such a welcoming place, but the road goes on.

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Some of the checkpoints were a litte off the beaten path.

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This is a long way from the starting line in Wes Virginia, but we're here

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The finish line...we have reached our destination.

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      Although it seems like just yesterday when we met up for some laps at Summit Point before the start of the rally, today is Day 5, the final day of the CJ Pony Part Rally Route 50.
      We got second place on day two, so all we have to do to lock in the runner-up spot is make it to the finish line without any moving violations.
      Before the mayor of Dodge City sent us on our way, many of us took the tour of the Boot Hill Museum. If you are ever in the area, I highly suggest giving it a look.
      Compared to the marathon that was day 4, day 5 was a 4.5-hour walk in the park. There were only two checkpoints, a Japanese Internment Camp and Bent’s Old Fort. The Internment camp was right on Rt. 50, so we took a cruise through the dirt roads and were on our way. We found out the fort was about 13 miles off the road, so decided to bypass that one and head right to Pueblo. We pulled into town on Main Street and made a left onto Riverwalk and the finish line!!!
      Pueblo had a welcoming committee waiting for us along with a gift bag for all the cars. We hung out with fellow ralliers, shared some stories, and headed to the hotel.
      Was the Rally over? Officially, yes, but Rally North America reserved Pueblo Motorsports Park for some hot laps!! Unlike the paced laps before, this time it was helmets on and flat out!! We did 6 hard laps in the Mustang before the brakes started objecting and I decided it was time to park the car and do some spectating. While the Rally may end in Pueblo, my trip is not over as I am planning on going all the way to the Pacific before heading home to Pennsylvania. 
      The last part of the event is the awards banquet, the perfect time to spend a few more hours with my fellow Rally drivers and acknowledge all those who placed, as well as a few special awards for longest distance, spirit of the rally, and best costume. It will only be a few months before the organizers start planning Rally 2015. To get in on the craziness, make sure you check out www.rallynorthamerica.com

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