Friday, July 07, 2006

Arrived in Salina, Utah

Today 5 cars headed east from Austin, NV and 1 car headed back to CA as planned. Bob and Mary B., it was great traveling with you, have a good trip home. No car problems today, just a long day on the road, 6:30am to 6:30pm. So, sometimes, no news is good news. We are all having a great time, weather has been very pleasant. Ate at Mom's famous restaurant in Salina tonight, and had apple pie ala mode. We appreciate all your comments and good vibes. The picture is of a Mormon cricket, Austin was polluted with them and they were all over the road heading east in Nevada. And of course we had to pose the cars at the Utah state line.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great to hear from you guys. Sounds like you had a LOOONG day. Glad to hear that all the cars are running well. So how are those air conditioners working? Happy traveling tomorrow.Hope to hear from you then.

M3 said...

How'd you get the cricket to sit quietly next to that quarter so you could take his picture? You guys turn in to cricket whisperers out there on the road?

Anonymous said...

HOW'S THE AIR!!! I hope you left bread crumbs along the way!!! You know we don't have the little yellow truck to follow.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear it's going well...
So, just how many of those crickets are ending up on your car grills?

Hope the good luck continues
tomorrow! ;)

Kim

Anonymous said...

are we there yet? marlayna

Stacey T. said...

That cricket has got to be dead, right?? Oh yuck, I would have been gagging at the sight of one, not to mention lots!

Anonymous said...

We can't believe it's only 2 days since you guus left! Seems like at least a week. You left just in time, the weather is climbing into the 90's today.
I hear those crickets are good eating after baking on the car radiator, Bob M., you might try them with a little of your famous salsa. Al & Mary J.

Anonymous said...

To follow up on crickets with salsa, how about putting them in the spam and potato stew? At least we know you don't have to go hungry. Those crickets aren't any worse than some of the things they make people eat on Fear Factor.
Janet

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys Mary B called last night. They were spending the night in Carson City,trying to win some cash so they can fix their car. All is OK with them. They will be home today.

ncamicia said...

Hi guys! Nadine has been watching your progress and is wishing we were right along with you folks...what fun! Stay safe.
The Camicia's

Anonymous said...

Four o'clock in the morning came around too early for us today... especially on the dawn of a cross-country odyssey to Massachusetts. Neither of us slept very well thinking of the thing we were about to do. Driving all the way across the country in a 77 year-old Ford seems like a do-able feat in the light of day. At 2 in the morning, the whole idea falls apart.
We met our fellow travelers at the prearranged spot in Milpitas and left at 6 with all the optimism of seasoned travelers. After meeting up with Bill R and Jack C in Livermore, we were off on this grand adventure. Electrical problems loomed up a few miles down the road in Tracy for Bob & Mary B. In true touring fashion, we left them behind and continued to aim for the high Sierra…five Model A's, now... Bob and Pat, Bill R, Will L, John and Judy, and Jack & company. We climbed into the Sierra among the snow-capped mountains, up over 9000, feet above tree line, passing mountain lakes, but not passing the traditional stop at the Thorsens for pie and ice cream. It was there that the long-lost Bob and Mary B caught up to us in their jury-rigged cross-wired Model A. Bob had succeeded in bringing the beast back to life, by some creative wire jumping, but he was planning to order pie-to-go, since he couldn’t turn the car off!
Reunited, we all started off for Carson City, Fallon, and ultimately Austin, Nevada. But first we made our traditional stop at the shoetree, just beyond Middle Gate, where Bill discovered that his sedan was REALLY hot... it was sizzling. After pouring a whole gallon of coolant down her throat, Bill's car was ready for the last 100 mile sprint to Austin.
Those with air conditioners were enjoying this leg of the hot high desert journey, when it began to gently mist off the Avery summit 30 miles out of Austin. We were all going too fast and pushing it a little when raindrops started to patter on the windshield. The outside temperature dropped by 15 or 20 degrees, and the poor sisters without air started feeling human again.
We rolled into Austin at 5:30 PM after 11 1/2 hours on the road, covering approximately 400 miles. Bob and Mary have had enough fun, and will head for home tomorrow. Bill R is going on to Chicago with the group, and we plan on picking up Chris and Sharon in Colorado.
Day One is in the bag, but we have many more days on the road before we reach the East Coast... all to be uneventful... hopefully.