Road To Hope

23
May

Stay Tuned

Steve and his wife are on their way back to Michigan. We will be posting blog updates on their return trip. More is coming soon….

25
May

Part Deux – Vegas, baby

Well, travelling with your wife is certainly different than another guy. Maybe, not good, not bad, just different is the way to describe it.

In many ways it is better (she knows you and can anticipate your moves, she laughs at your old jokes well, you get the idea), but it is just different (bathrooms cant be icky, for example).

Today we went from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas and stayed at the Desert Rose Resort (a reasonably nice stay except for the 4 AM noise from a nearby room).

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25
May

Part Deux – OMYGOSH

What a long (boring) ride!

Leaving Las Vegas was easy; going north at 7 AM we met little traffic and made good progress through the gravel desert, then into a small piece of Arizona, followed by many miles in Utah.

The scenery did improve as we got further east and north, there is just a lot of it to see when you log 550 miles in one day. Highlights included thumbs up from two other vintage autos, first, a mid 60s VW bug and then later a 1967 Pontiac convertible (yes, both of them passed us). Discussions with people as we stopped convinced me that nearly everyone has a Corvair story, and most were fond memories.

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25
May

Part Deux – Great Scenery

We started out early in Grand Junction on the road by 6:30 AM.

When we told the El Palamino owner the night before that we were leaving before the 7 AM coffee time, she offered to have breakfast ready at 6 AM for us what great service THANK YOU!

We had well over 200 miles to go before we made our appointment to have the car checked. The mountain scenery is beautiful, but the little car sometimes struggled to climb to 10,000+ feet elevation (think of the big trucks in the right hand lane with their flashers on, that was us).

Mostly a function of how the engine was timed for normal elevations, like in the Midwest but also owing to a small horsepower engine, the Corvair definitely likes the flatland.

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28
May

Part Deux – The Flatlands

The travel day started later than it probably should have given that we were going east and would lose another hour passing from Mountain to Central time, but we got to Nebraska about 10 AM.

The day was quite windy all the way, but the little car did not protest, it just kept chewing up the miles. The plains are very flat with not a lot of scenery (better than the desert, though), however we did see a lot of beef, passing a few ranches with likely several hundred to maybe thousands of head of cattle we cannot fathom how people live near and seemingly get accustomed to the incredible smell.

The traffic on I-80 is significant, especially trucks can you imagine how it feels to have a big truck bearing down on you, hoping that it turns into the other lane to avoid running over you?

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28
May

Part Deux – Rain, rain, go away

The rain, accompanied by thunder and lightning, began as we slept in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Thankfully it had stopped temporarily while we packed the car and got underway. I added half a quart of oil before we hit the road and gassed up again I get gas (mid-grade) every 200 miles or so into a gentle rain.

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28
May

Part Deux – Homeward Bound

We started out early from Peru, Illinois on Sunday morning after viewing a beautiful, but very low, sunrise the low cloud cover quickly obliterated the full sunlight.

After a check of the dipstick, the last half-quart of oil was added, and then we made good time (for us, going 55 mph) as there was very little traffic to hinder our travel. Illinois, and the small piece of Indiana, seemed to pass quickly. And then, just as we crossed into Michigan and the eastern time zone, a funny thing happened: once we got into Pure Michigan, the sun came out, the birds began to sing, the air was warm we must be almost home!

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