Hi everyone, I just talked to the folks and they don't have any computer access tonight but asked me to let everyone know that the little black coupe and the little yellow truck have made it to Joliet Illinois. They're still heading west and still running (thank goodness). Today they drove through Detroit, Indiana, and the Chicago area at a top speed of 46 mph. Whew. They'll update more as soon as they can.
Day 20 – Circling Chicago (detailed update, as promised)
Hit the road at 6:30 on route 12 out of Detroit, which took a while through the urban sprawl. Drove past several huge Ford plants and one GM plant. Passed one UAW hall that had a sign that said “No foreign vehicles allowed on this property!” Rumor has it that they can get smashed.
Met long ago friends Pam and Joe Watts from Lansing at Harolds restaurant on Hwy 12 for breakfast and had a short visit. While at the restaurant a senior gentlemen asked if the coupe was for sale and we both said “today yes!” Two miles down the road, lo and behold there was a ’30 coupe for sale, we wondered if it had a working overdrive. Check with John and Judy for an interesting writeup on it.
There was road construction everywhere. Countryside was pretty, and we drove through a lot of Amish and Mennonite farm areas. Actually route 12 is like a scene out of the fifties. We saw vintage roadside parks, drive-in theaters, drive-in restaurants with bellhops, and all the downtown areas actually had stores and looked prosperous. And we now know where lots and lots of motorhomes and camper trailers are manufactured, passed at least 4 large factories.
Route 30 bypassing Chicago was tough, endless towns and redlights. When our clutch legs gave out, and the temperature and humidity became too high, we stopped for the night at Joliet, IL. Hopefully, it will be country driving from here.
Jack C. and Don S. checked in, they are in Port Washington, WI. When I asked how did they get there, they said they had taken the interstate through Chicago and Milwaukee. Jack said “it was very competitive.” I think they were pushing the hell out of that little roadster. Tomorrow they are visiting a cycling buddy in Wawona, WI and then pushing west to rendezvous with us in Keystone, SD.
Bill R. has landed back in Chicago and when we talked to him, was searching for his car, I think he needs a GPS.
San Jose East side gang is in Laramie, they are making such good time, they may be in to Keystone 2 days early. Looking forward to meeting up with them on Friday.
The little black coupe is running well without overdrive, I even gave it a bath tonight. Included picture is of a dump truck with so many wheels (42) that it looks like a centipede. They must have stringent axle load laws here.