It is Day 17 which is really Day 1 of the return trip to California. Bob filled the transmission with gearlube again, oiled the front spring, stuffed the trunk and checked out of the motel. Said goodbye to Will L. and to Vicki and Glenn W. and headed down the road towards New York. We were sad to leave the ice cream machine at the Comfort Inn. For $1.50 you could have an ice cream plus entertainment. The machine was shaped like a regular upright vending machine except inside was a small chest freezer. The lid would open and a flexible hose would go to the compartment of your choice of ice cream and vacuum it up and then drop it into the hand slot in the front. I think if Bob could have fit it into our car he would have left our suitcases and brought it instead.
The little black coupe is on the road again traveling with John and Judy G. The A is smiling, Bob is singing and Pat is saying turn on the air. It is so soupy that Bob said, “If you were trying to fly an airplane out here, you would have to wait until winter.” We were hoping for cooler temps today. Well we ended up needing a defroster and a heater. Most of the day was spent trying to drive through an incredible rain storm. There was so much lightning that it was scary to fuel the car. John was out front in his yellow pickup and we were the tail gunners with our flashing lights on so no one would run into us. The visibility was awful. Of course this didn’t keep us from stopping for home made ice cream. Sheets of water were racing across the road. In one spot even the toads were moving to higher ground and trying to cross the highway.
Since traveling was so slow we had to stop in several very interesting antique shops. It is good to be on the road again but it is only day one of our return trip. Everyone has checked in and made it safely to their place of lodging for the night. No pictures today.