[elky] Re: Back I am, sorta + 2011 Road Trip notes/pics

  • From: Robert Adams <elcam84@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: elky@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2011 13:23:47 -0500

                As usual tons of pics although one thing... Now John and I
mentioned the dirty windshield when we were running around in your winter
beater. Now yes it was 17* or so and Ok the washer fluid was frozen in your
car although it worked fine in John's Monte... But the windshield washer on
that brand new charger had to be working so why the dirty windshield in all
the pics? :) :)

                  Just had to give you a hard time.....

              As for driving the montes.. I would have mo problem putting
well over 1K on each of those in a short time. Already put 5K on the new
wagon and I'm getting picked up and dropped off most days lately.

                       Robert Adams

On Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 11:10 PM, <faithcubsmc2691@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> I can hardly believe it has been a month since my road trip ENDED.  It's
> been a rough few weeks since I got back home, which hasn't helped.  I
> finally had the CT Scan of my heart/chest Saturday, August 6, 2011, and,
> given some other things happening (mostly not-so-good; one maybe good), I
> may be scarce for a while.  I haven't even driven my MCs much this year ...
> MAYBE 100 miles so far on each of them.  I kinda doubt I'll get 1,000 miles
> on 'em this year for what would be the 3rd year in a row.
>  Anxiousness + uncertainty + waiting + powerlessness + helplessness +
> feeling lost + not feeling well + hating medical crap = NOT a good combo.
> BUT ... I'm still alive and such. HA! Life is, after all, TOO SHORT PEOPLES!
>  One current bright spot is my nephew.  He will be 3 in ~3 months ... and
> it has been fun watching him grow up.  And, yes, because of Uncle Cort, he
> knows cars VERY well...!  This was taken right before my road trip:
> https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=32629252&l=17237f10b8&id=1300282613
>  NOW ... to my 2011 road trip notes and pictures (with captions)...!!!!
>  ...22 states visited = IN, OH, PA, IL, MO, KS, OK, TX, NM, CO, UT, NV,
> CA, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY, SD, ND, MN, WI
>  ...# of days = 18 (Friday, June 24 - Monday, July 11)
>  ...Friends/Family seen = MANY!
>  ...Miles driven = over 9,300 (wish I could buy a 2011 Dodge Charger!)
>  ...Total cost = over $2,600.00
>  ...Pictures taken = 697
>  ...Memories made and kept = PRICELESS!
>  A fine line exists between planning a road trip TOO much and not having
> enough "concrete" plans...and it is tough to negotiate/balance those....
>  I just HATE saying goodbye....
>  Reminisced with several friends about my 2004 road trip ... and how it
> can't be possible that was 7 years ago....
>  During the trip trip, I lost touch with many online, but I was in touch
> IN PERSON with many awesome friends and family members.....
>  For me, it has become harder & harder to come home after a road trip
> because my home IS the road, though I'm hoping that will soon change....
>  06/21/2011
> ...I should've been elated that my road trip was ON, but I wasn't; I was
> drained and in knots.
> ...My cardiologist's office waited until just after 5p to call to tell me
> the CT Scan (heart/chest) could wait until AFTER my road trip.
> ...Luckily, I made to the rental place in time, and my first drive in a
>  06/24/2011
> ...Embarked on the road trip over an hour late, but it all worked out...I
> think!
>  06/27/2011
> ...With the Road Trip Kickoff Weekend over (having had less than 10 hours
> of sleep between Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, traveling all the
> way to PA and back to IL), I started the second phase of my road
> trip...after 6 hours of sleep Sunday night into Monday morning in Pontiac
> IL.
> ...Spent the night in the Marilyn Monroe room of the newly-renovated Wagon
> Wheel Motel (Cuba MO).
>  06/28/2011
> ...Saw part of the tornado destruction in Joplin MO and was thrilled when
> Gary Turner (Route 66) shook my hand and said, "I KNOW you!", remembering me
> from my 2009 Route 66 journey.
>  06/30/2011
> ...Watched the 12:30a and 7:30a showings of "Golden Girls" on The Hallmark
> Channel at Jake and Mel's home in Wichita KS.
>  07/02/2011
> ...Could NOT believe my road trip was half over already....  Needed a "mind
> shut off" button, but never did get it....
>  07/04/2011
> ...Chose SLEEP over SUNRISE (had planned to be up at 4a to watch the
> sunrise west of Salt Lake) and glad I did; it was CLOUDY that morning so I
> wouldn't have seen the sunrise anyway.
> ...In the morning, I finished the rest of the delicious, world-famous
> cinnamon roll from Johnson's Corners (north of Denver CO).
> ...The day of driving was "contemplative" as I drove west.
> ...Ended up just north of Sacramento CA, spending the evening of July 4th
> alone; hadn't planned on that.
>  07/05/2011
> ...Ended the day watching the movie "Gran Torino" with my cousin and her
> best friend.  Never did get to see CARS 2....
> ...Earlier in the day, I met Angela, the author of THE EPIC thread, and saw
> "Dad's SS"...:
> http://www.montecarloss.com/community/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=484380#Post484380
> ...Unfortunately, Dad was in the ICU while I was there...and died on July
> 20, 2011:
> http://www.montecarloss.com/community/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=885895#Post885895
>  07/06/2011
> ...Traveled US 20 from Lebanon OR to the coast and back.  US 20 runs
> through my home town, Elgin IL.  I drove eastern portions of US 20 during my
> August 2010 road trip to the NorthEast US.
>  07/07/2011
> ...With a twinge of sadness and excitement about seeing more people along
> my travels, I turned my rental 2011 Dodge Charger east, towards home.
>  07/08/2011
> ...Stopped in Twin Falls ID, after leaving Boise ID and the First
> Generation Monte Carlo Club Western Meet; I was at the FGMCC Eastern Meet 2
> weeks prior in Carlisle PA.  In Twin Falls, I stopped at the vistas and at a
> church my grandfather pastored MANY years ago.
>  07/09/2011
> ...I was supposed to stop in Sioux Falls SD, but with "no room at the inn"
> and no friends calling, I found myself headed an additional 3 hours north to
> Fargo ND to spend the evening, or rather, early morning hours....
>  07/10/2011
> ...POOL PARTY in the evening at a cousin's home in MN.  Had a BLAST ...
> and, yes, I did swim.  Holy cow was that nice!
>  07/11/2011
> ...After a stop in Freeport IL to see some friends (and eat at a restaurant
> along ... US 20!), I steered my rental 2011 black Dodge Charger into my home
> driveway ~9p.
>  07/16/2011
> ..."Uncle Cort, let's play cars. You're done" ... said my 2+ -year-old
> nephew, peering up at me after dinner Saturday night, just seconds after he
> noticed my plate was clean, too.  That was a slice of heaven after a ROUGH
> ...Earlier in the day, I drove my 1979 Caprice Classic for the first time
> since returning home.  I drove all 5 Monte Carlos the next day, Sunday.
>  07/20/2011
> ...Returned the 2011 Dodge Charger, though I wanted to keep it.
> ...Then, I drove my '79 CC to a cruise night, which turned out to be the
> first of FIVE cruise nights IN A ROW (Wednesday, July 20 - Sunday, July 24).
>  "Put some gravel in my travel"
>  "Every time I see your face my heart takes off on a high-speed chase"
>  "Don't underestimate the things that I will do"
>  "I'm gonna take my chances taking a chance I might find what I'm looking
> for"
>  "Out here its like I'm someone else"
>  "Time just seems to fly, but the memories remain"
>  "We were coming alive"
> https://picasaweb.google.com/knightfan26917/CoastToCoastRoadTripFri06242011Mon07112011#slideshow/5632615869249437186
>  (You will need to adjust the "second" interval so you can read all of the
> captions!)
>  Cort | 37.m.IL.pigValve.pacemaker | 5 Monte Carlos + 1 Caprice Classic |
> * CruiseNites_2011_Chi.IL *
> MCs.CC + CHD.models.HO.legos.RadioShows + RoadTrips.us66 =
> http://www.chevyasylum.com/cort
> "Got the wings of heaven on my shoes" __ Bee Gees __ 'Stayin' Alive'

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