Hi all, I attended the Oppo Rally last weekend with one of my best friends as my navigator and we had an absolutely great time. It was a really long day and it did not end as it was starting out. We arrived early, spent our full two hours planning and catching up with 2017 rally returners and new people alike. There were several unique cars in the rally which I always enjoy. Every single one of the cars there has something custom or unique about it so you know these are enthusiasts. I'm always glad to get together with Oppos who understand this part of automotive culture.
Initially during our planning we thought we would be able to pull off two categories. I wanted to go to Port Jervis and the Hawk's Nest because they have family ties, and we thought the Waterfalls and Covered Bridges categories would be do-able if we stayed on the west side of the Hudson, and we could maybe pick up a few extra checkpoints along the way. Then my trusty navigator started plugging additional routes into google maps and figured out we could maayybe pull off the TrackDay category with only a few minor route changes and we might have time left at the end of the day to get over to Lebanon Valley, if the waterfall hikes didn't eat up too much time.
The driving and hiking was a LOT to take. We did around 360 miles plus a few waterfall hikes, each with around a 15-20 minute round trip from the car to the falls and back. So throw in an hour + of hiking. It was great to get out of the car and stretch legs. The 50 year old bench seats in the Buick aren't quite as comfortable as they used to be... At one point after flip-flopping on Instagram most of the day we caught up with the hippogriff subaru team at a covered bridge and neither of us wanted to get back in the cars... we hung out for 15 minutes or so just stretching, moving... but finally relented and went back on our separate ways. We also ran into @Taylor-Martin and did two waterfall hikes together, along with a cruise through a very amish neighborhood where our two cars seemed to create quite a sight to the evening strollers in full suits, ties and hats walking down both sides of the street. (west of Hunter, I don't recall the name of the town we were in)
It was close, we got to Lebanon Valley at about 8:15 PM after hustling through the last hudson/high falls hike. I was hoping to go out and squeeze in a 1/4 mile pass, but there was a full event going on the circle track with large crowds, so we headed straight back to Albany and wandered around underneath the humongous egg shaped thing trying to figure out where the egg sculpture was... ??? (BTW They Might Be Giants made a song about the egg) and I think we posted the Moses statue at 8:55. Close enough!
I was very pleased to find out that our strategy paid off, and by completing 3 categories we finished over 200 points in the lead! In 2017 we only finished 1 category but picked up a bunch of other checkpoints along the way. This time I was much more focused on the 3 category strategy and didn't take the extra time to stop at a few checkpoints we could have squeezed in near our route. At the end of the day it worked out. In the end it's about making memories, being with good people and discovering new places, and all of those things happened this weekend.
I can't figure out how to cross post instagram pics on Oppo, but my navigator took one of the best photos of my car from our hotel parking lot. We made a separate account just for the rally @team_old_buicks on instagram, it's one of the "un-hashtagged" posts although I did tag @oppo_rally on it. Here's a link: https://www.instagram.com/p/CfOaLtXOhz5/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Big big thank you to @Dusty-Ventures for pulling this whole thing together. It's massive, it's awesome, and it's fun. The time he spends organizing is worth your participation. Go join a rally if you have one near you. Also, thanks to all of you for still being here. I haven't been on much since the hyphen started. I can see I've been missing out, and appreciate the enthusiasm and membership sticking around.
If you've read this far, if anyone can explain how to post a pic from instagram I'm making something in the 'test posts' area for it.