We have had a great opening week, to the Big Money Rally! A huge round of congratulations goes to everyone.
As Scorekeeper, I wanted to have a short summary of scoring every week. This will consist of a few things. First, it will be sent out and posted Sunday Evening. When it posts, you can know, as rally riders, that all photos posted before 1700MST (Utah time) have been tallied. If you have a question with your score, this is a distinct cut-off for you to reference by. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a message at BMR_Scorekeeper@bigmoneyrally.com.
Secondly, each week I will list the top three point leaders. this will give everyone something to aim for.
Lastly, I will cover any scoring issues we are having, or clarifications to scoring.
This week, our BMR Leaders in scoring are:
JustHoward, with a score of 126 – our first Finisher, and in only 3 days!
Bo_Martin, with a score of 53
jphilipson, with a score of 52
P_Bansen, with a score of 51
There are a couple scoring issues we have seen early on. Keep in mind – this rally is designed to have get you out riding in the winter weather, and have fun while doing so. As such, we knew going into this that we as scorekeepers would have to be flexible. And that being said, 95% of the pictures coming in are great. They have the three things we are looking for – Signage from the Post Office, the motorcycle, and the placard, all within the photo. Some folks are even going to the trouble of identifying the photo when they post it. For scoring, I can testify that doing so, while not necessary, makes my job a *lot* easier.
Couple things to watch out for, though. We have seen a few photos come in where the wrong side of the placard is used (IE, the NO POINTS side). Folks that have done this have been notified, but the pictures still counted. That will not be the case for any photo’s that post after this message. Pictures that use the wrong side of the placard, from now on, will be just that – worth NO POINTS, and be pretty pictures of nice locations.
Another thing to watch is the Summit signs. Signs that say Pass, or anything else, will not be counted. It must say Summit, and have an elevation.
Third thing to watch is the National Park bonus. Without going into a lot of detail – the updated rules, along with an example of what will not count, is found here: http://archive.bigmoneyrally.com/2012/?p=3997#comment-878.
Last thing has to do with the Pioneer, CA Post Office referred to here: http://archive.bigmoneyrally.com/2012/?p=4380#comment-880. The address given is:
32161 Kit Carson Road, Pioneer, CA 95666
I understand the confusion too – there is no street in Pioneer named ‘Kit Carson Road’. However, if you Google it (http://bit.ly/xhX9b5) or search on the USPS website (http://bit.ly/AnqZdI) you will find that the Post Office in question exists – though it is approximately 36 miles from the town of Pioneer, CA. Wonder why? Me too! Add to the confusion is that this Post Office is Seasonal. If you were one of the few trying to visit it, you reached a locked gate.
To eliminate the confusion, we have agreed to do the following – Both Pioneer, CA Post Office’s will be accepted. This means the seasonal one (in the Bonus Listings) will be a little harder to get to – make sure you take the Seasonal aspect into consideration when planning. (If you are one of those that took a photo of the Pioneer PO, please mail me – I need to make sure I got points for you.)
Thanks for the great photo’s and the great enthusiasm! Makes my job that much easier, knowing you are having fun! Now, go out and enjoy the rally!