Road To Hope

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Getting Ready

We are now on a daily count down to our trip 15 days to go. Steve expects to pick up the car from the mechanic this week. The mechanic has promised a list of items to build a box of insurance. The list will include those things unique to the vehicle that would be hard to find on the road. Mark is increasing the amount of towing insurance to assure that we have the resources we might need. I think that it is called common sense insurance. Steve calls Mark to remind him to bring all of the book and maps we have purchased in preparation for the trip. Our web page is almost done. Please return for daily updates.

The goal of the trip is FUN, Fun to benefit those living every challenged by Brain Injury. Please donate a few dollars to help



Getting Ready

Both Mark and Steve have worked hard to find someone in Chevrolet to help promote the trip.

Steve informed by a dealer that he was unable to get Chevrolet to support events; there was no way that Chevrolet would help.

Hum… driving a 50 Chevrolet across the road of hope.

Thanks to Barb, Mark’s wife, Steve’s sister we now have towing insurance for up to 100 miles.

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So, tell us what you think about this adventure–we really are interested and promise to consider all replies and address them as we can, although we cannot promise to answer everything individually!

Are we crazy and is this just nuts, or do you (secretly or openly) wish you were doing this?

It is not a midlife crisis–believe us, we are too old to be called midlife–anyway who would drive a 50 year old car across the country with minimal amenities–no air conditioning, no radio (much less Bose speakers and CD or XM radio), it is equipped with an automatic transmission and tinted windshield only, oh, yes, it does have a heater, too (you know, the one that air cooled engines have where it brings hot, exhaust gas from the engine into the passenger cabin).

We do have two add-on 12-volt outlets to power modern day conveniences such as cell phone chargers and such. Whether you think this is madness or, as we prefer to view it, the adventure of a lifetime (who said we were aiming real high?), you are welcome to travel with us vicariously at minimal expense.

We welcome the company on the ride and only ask that you consider a small (or LARGE) donation to benefit the worthwhile object of our intention.



Steve emails me: Just got home with the Corvair–it runs great! Clean and wax I am pleased to hear that he not saving this chore for me once I arrive in Michigan. If Steve was willing to wash and wax, the least I could do is get a haircut.


Day One – An awesome day

Well, Day One is under our belts! It was uneventful as far as the vehicle performance was concerned no issues, everything worked as it should. We expected to drive at a pace of about 60 mph and generally kept to that such a speed ensures that 99% of vehicles will pass us and hopefully see the sign in the rear window. Overall we averaged about 28 miles per gallon not bad for 50-year-old technology!

We began the day dressed in long sleeves, sweatshirts and fleece to counter the 31 degree temperature early morning chill not what we had expected, nor especially welcome even in Michigan near mid-May. Once on the road after the enjoyable video session with ABC12, (click here) we warmed nicely and the sun was a great companion.



Day 2 – Life is good

Day two of our excellent adventure saw another great performance by the automobile–consistent straight-down-the-road driving and relatively comfortable (OK, we did drive with the windows up although temperatures were in the high 80’s–not so it would appear that we had A/C, but rather so when we spoke we could hear each other over the wind, truck noise…).

We stopped at a Chevrolet dealer in Springfield Missouri, took a few photos (we and they) and half-heartedly attempted a trade: one just-broken-in, nice Corvair w/o A/C for a slightly used Corvette with A/C. Here is the assessment of that conversation with the sales manager: Mark seems convinced that there is no way that would happen, even with the offer to do an “even up” trade where we do not leave with any extra cash, but Steve continues to hold out hope since the sales manager did not ever actually say no. Maybe we can try at another Chevrolet dealer along the way.



Day 3 -Living the Dream

Today we slowed the pace to about 400 miles–still a good pace even though it was fewer than the first two–and we are now back on track to follow from here our original goal of 400 miles daily to complete the entire Route 66 distance.

Cumulative mileage so far is about 1500, about 1200 of which is on Route 66.



Day 4 – On the Road Again

We put in another solid 400 miles today, beginning in Tucumcari, New Mexico and ending in Holbrook, Arizona.

The last couple of days have seen the landscape change significantly from the green, flatness of Oklahoma to the dry, yellow flatness of Texas, becoming more hilly with scrub vegetation through New Mexico, gradually changing to the mountainous terrain of Arizona.



Day 5 – Rock On

This was a day of wide swings–temperature range, start time, side trips We began a bit later than our usual start time for various reasons, including the not-well-known (at least to us) fact that Arizona does not go on Daylight Savings Time, and a couple of early in the day unplanned side trips (aren’t those great?).

First, before we left Holbrook, Arizona, a chance encounter at the petrol station with a prison corrections officer who told us that his neighbor had several Corvairs resting in his yard compelled us to take a look and sure enough there was at least one from each of the five years (1960-1964) of the first generation.



Day 6 – Who knew?

Who knew traveling across the country with your brother-in-law could be so much fun?

Day 6 began earlier than any other–we were on the road before 7 AM for a variety of reasons: to avoid the daytime heat that greeted us when we reached Needles, California the night before; to ensure that we arrived at the official end of Route 66 while there was plenty of daylight to go the last 100 miles to Santa Barbara; and, most importantly, to see our wives who we missed–a lot.

It was rather pleasant when we left Needles, after conversing with a man who grew up many years ago in the same neighborhood in Flint, Michigan where both of us lived for a long time–it truly is a small world! We also spoke with a man from Kansas who was driving a 1950s Bentley (right hand drive) on his own cross-country adventure.


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