Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Well, I am making progress on the blog postings. Small baby steps, but at least I see a little hope. I found that the major problems I have experienced are because I have been trying to use my tablet to do the editing.
At first, I thought it was not going to work at all. Now I have downloaded a blogger app and it appears I can make it work. There will be a little delay in catching up, because I haven't been able to post for several days, and frankly, it will take me some time to get used to the tablet app.
While we are on the topic of speakingly, I wanted to show you the first roadside curiosity we encountered this morning. A local guy at the restuarant last night told us we had to go to the old downtown district of Atlanta, Illinois and see the "weiner man". So, of course we drove right over there this morning.
I think in order to continue the description, I'd prefer to call him "frank man". You may notice the he has what may well be the largest "frank" in the world. So large, in fact, that he has to use both hands to hold it! In fact, he has even developed a method of supporting his "frank" using the special "one hand up, one hand down forearm support method". This allows him to hold his huge "frank" and still keep one hand available for other jobs, like shaking hands with any other goliaths that may drop by on their travels up route 66. There are a lot more of these roadside curiosities ahead.
Davidhsoh.wordpress.org where David is posting updates daily. I hope to be able to get my blog up soon. Until then, enjoy David's updates and photos.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Today we united. I literally did, as I flew United from Vegas to Detroit to Moline, Illinois. Dave and Lola (his beautiful '66 Cadillac) picked me up at the Moline airport. Steve and Renie dropped off their rental car at the airport, and we all jumped into Lola and headed up to mikE's farm (Officially known as Shardo Farms) to pick up the Cobra.
mikE invited us to a steak barbeque with his family. Before dinner, I had the opportunity to go out in the fields and ride along in the combine. mikE's dad (Doug) was operating the combine, and it was fascinating to see how far technology has entered into farm equipment. The combine has GPS controls and a video display to track where it has been. The display showed layers with all the crop and overlays of the harvested portion. It is driven with a joy stick with several controls on the head of the stick, similar to a Jet fighter.
After hauling the harvested corn back to the elevators and dryers, mikE and Steve took the Cobra out for a ride. Then, mikE showed us part of his car collection, including Doug's '57 T Bird, mikE's '55 Ford pickup, and his barn fresh '36 Chevrolet coupe. David took the coupe out for a test drive, and was impressed at how this 77 year old car drove.
Dinner was wonderful. The food was excellent, and the chance to catch up with mikE , his wife Lisa, and their 3 daughters was great. After the meal, we were introduced to Whitey's ice cream. it is deeeelicious!
After fond farewells, we headed to Davenport to check into the motel. Driving through the farmlands in Lola and the Cobra, we were treated to nature's light show. There was an electrical storm just to the northwest of us, and riding in convertibles we were able to see all the action. No rain, just lots of crackling and light. Awesome!
It was a great rendezvous, and the trip begins!
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Last night about 10 pm Steve got the Cobra mounted on the trailer. Now, both Lola and the Cobra are on the trailer making their way to Iowa. mikE said to make sure the Cobra is full of fuel. It sounds like he is in for a helluva joy ride in a few days when they arrive.
Only 11 more daze until my flight to begin the trip. I can't wait!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Once I decided to go ahead with the "66 on 66 in a 66" project, the challenge was to find a '66 car that would meet some specific requirements: 1) It had to be capable of over 2,000 miles without major breakdown. 2) It had to be comfortable for travel, 3) Decent fuel mileage and range. And... 4) Something I could afford to acquire.
There are plenty of cars out there that meet the criteria above, but after a long search, I couldn't find a car that I could afford. It was especially hard when I thought of buying the car and then turning around and driving it over 2,000 miles. I came up with an idea that if I could find the right car, I could "flip" it to help pay for the expenses. Collectors in the mid-west are always on the lookout for classic cars that don't have rust issues, so I reasoned I could buy a nice rust-free car from the areas south of my home in Utah, then drive it to Chicago via Route 66. I hoped to be able to sell the car there for a profit that would also help defray the cost of driving and pay for the return flight from Chicago.
After several days of research, I determined that the prices of classic cars in Chicago were not going to make it affordable for me to pick up a car and flip it after driving it there. It's hard to gauge the value of a non-rusty car in the mid-west, because all the ads there say the car is "rust free". Most of them have had rust repair during the restoration. The prices for those cars were very close to the cost of an original car with no rust here in the dry climates.
No sooner had I decided I would have to scrap the project than my Jeeping friend Steve told me another of our Jeeping friends, David, was looking for a co-driver to drive his '66 Cadillac convertible on a route 66 trip. Eureka!!! I called David, and we started putting together a plan. David is going to ship the Caddie to Iowa where another Jeeping friend (Mike) has a farm. Steve is going to ship his Cobra on the same carrier. David, Steve, and Renie (Steve's wife) are going to fly to Chicago and then drive a rental car to Iowa to pick up their cars at Mike's farm. I'm going to fly to Moline, Illinois and join the fun.
So, the "66 on 66 in a 66" is underway. In 29 days we will be ready for the launch. Since we have all been to Chicago multiple times, we are going to jump on 66 in Joliet, just south of Chicago. Joliet is a lovely town, famous for it's prison. It was immortalized in the "Blues Brothers" movie where Jim Balushi was set free and picked up by Dan Akroyd. That sounds like a great place to begin the excellent adventure.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
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