They had a great big convoy, and it stopped in Dixon on Thursday. The Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s transcontinental convoy rumbled through the Sauk Valley, making a pit stop in the Petunia City and giving folks a chance to see some historic horsepower. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Army’s Transcontinental Motor Convoy in 1919, the coast-to-coast convoy of nearly 70 vehicles retraced the 3,200-mile route along the Lincoln Highway as closely as possible. The trip departed York, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 10 and is scheduled to arrive in San Francisco on Sept. 14. The convoy consisted of military vehicles from WWI modern-day military might, and from big to small: motorcycles all the way up to 5-ton cargo trucks. The original convoy – the first of its kind for the U.S. – was conducted to put military equipment through its paces, recruit soldiers, and demonstrate the need for a nationwide road system. Go to mvpa.org/convoys or find MVPA Historic Convoys on Facebook for more information.