Whew, it’s hot! Today’s route was challenging enough on its own, but when you add heat and harsh sunlight into the mix, it certainly gets interesting. We’ve been blessed with great weather during the multi-day event, but we definitely had summer-like conditions during today’s epic drive. We started the day in front of the beautiful Adam’s Mark hotel in downtown Buffalo, New York.
After navigating traffic, and finishing the speedometer calibration we made it off the highway and onto some of the most scenic roads in New York. From there, we entered Pennsylvania, and found ourselves crossing the Allegheny River. More intense rallying led us to our lunch stop in beautiful Franklin, Pennsylvania, where the town had come out to greet the racers. And Franklin’s lunch was top notch!!!
From there, racers worked their way into the rolling farmland of northern Ohio and had a very challenging maze created by our Rally Master, John Classen. The maze involved a four-way stop, on a rough road that caused more than a few screeching tires as racers slid to a halt. Then, they would drive a few miles, and circle around to the four-way once again, from a different direction, meaning that they would intersect with other racers. This always makes for interesting action, so we stuck around and captured all of the action.
We then made it to our final destination of the day–the Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio! The place was packed with spectators, and they got a special surprise as the Hedke family rolled into town in a rental car. Although they will not be officially scored among the other racers because they are driving a car that is too new for the rules, the Hedke’s are timed just like everyone else. Even though they were sore, the Hedke’s scored an ACE award, meaning they were dead-on perfect on one of their legs. It was great to see them back in action, and we’re just glad they are doing ok after their accident!
For now, let’s take a look at more of today’s pictures, and if you like ’em CLICK HERE for even more!