Project Road Warrior takes on Rally North America, Day 4
Kellogg, Idaho to Pasco, Washington
Day four of Rally North America started in Kellogg, Idaho and it was on! We decided to “go for it” at least one day, and today was that day. Rally North America is similar to a scavenger hunt, with clues along the way of things you need to find and take pictures with, such as statues and natural landmarks. Two days before, in Yellowstone National Park, our 1965 Mustang’s overdrive went out but I figured I'd driven that way for six years before without it, so no big deal.
There’s a distinct lack of photos for day four because we were running and navigating all day, and finding time to photograph it all was difficult. Plus I sometimes have the attention span of a gnat, and the lack of service on the route made it even more challenging, but we managed to have the next checkpoint loaded on a second device before reaching our current destination, so we always knew which way to leave the parking lot. We were actually doing really well—until we really weren't. Remember that overdrive problem I mentioned? Well, I should also include that I haven't had a working speedometer or odometer since Project Road Warrior hit the road last year. You know how it is, there is always something more important to fix!
As my daily driver and only car as well as my rally car, I have gotten pretty good at knowing how long I have before my Mustang’s tank is empty—at least I thought I was. Without overdrive and running hard all day, the tank just couldn't keep up. And then it happened...10 miles from the hotel and seven miles from a gas station...chug, chug, chug, stop. Luckily our friends Bill Tumas and Nate Sprague were awesome enough to come save us with a promise of beer in their future. The day ended in Pasco, Washington where we managed to arrange a symphony of Mustangs before the sun set for the day.
Check back in tomorrow for the last day of this year’s Rally North America adventure, and our trip all the way back home to the east coast.