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!