2018 Trans America Challenge Recce Completed

I have just completed the recce for the 2018 Trans America Challenge car rally.  We drove just under 6,000 miles from Charleston, South Carolina to Seattle, Washington.  I very much enjoyed the opportunity to work with Fred Gallagher, Rally Director of the Endurance Rally Association in layout the details of this rally.  There is still much to do as follow-up to the recce, but the wheels are in motion for completing the details of the rally.

View Of Utah From The Trans America Challenge Rally Road

We could not have a car rally pass through Utah without stopping at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats were many world record high speeds have been set over the decades.

We Stopped At The Bonneville Salt Flats

When we were at the Bonneville Salt Flats, the salt flats were flooded.  The water was heavily laden with suspended salt.  The picture below shows white collections of salt that are in the water.  As the water soaks into the ground and/or is evaporated the salt is deposited on the lake bottom, which then provides a level surface for such high-speed runs.

Flooded Salt Flats

Along the way, we picked out various interesting places for coffee breaks and for lunch halts.  One of the more colorful places that we stopped was the General Merchandise store in Paulina, Oregon.  This store was first built in 1911 and I suspect that little has changed, inside or outside, since then other than the addition of the saloon at a later date.

General Store In Paulina, Oregon

We left early in the morning of the last day of the recce and we were rewarded with a view of the Rocky Mountains as the sunrise lit up the snow that exists at the top of the Rockies.

Sunrise Reaches the Rocky Mountains

While the Trans America Challenge will be a substantial and a great car rally it is but one of the many car rallies that the Endurance Rally Association.  The following image of their upcoming events for 2018 to 2021 is very impressive.  Note that the Trans America Challenge will be held from May 27 to June 17, 2018.

Upcoming Endurance Rally Association Car Rally Program

In addition to helping the Endurance Rally Association with the 2018 Trans America Challenge, I will be participating as a competitor in their 2019 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge.  Exciting times lie ahead.

If you have any comments or questions about this post or the Trans America Challenge, please leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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