Sunday, July 09, 2006

Day 4 – Frisco, CO to McCook, NE

Day started with another low tire for John G. Put a repaired spare on and left Frisco, CO and did a really long 2nd-gear (except for Will L.) climb up to the Johnson-Eisenhower Tunnel, 11158 feet. When we came out the other side it was raining and foggy and it rained for the next 100 miles. It is record rainfall in the Denver area.

After lunch, we finally broke out and had a pleasant drive for the rest of the day. We are now 1473 miles from home. Met Chris and Sharon at exit 66A on I76 (that is them holding the welcome sign), and Chris had a 21” tube for John G. which is now on the yellow truck. We lost Bill R. after lunch and found out later that he stopped to talk to an alfalfa farmer and ended up riding around on his tractor and getting all the scoop on farming and water rights in Nebraska.

We also found out John G’s secret for staying awake on these long straight roads: 5 or 6 drops of tabasco on the tongue, it makes the eyes water a little bit but sure wakes you up.

(Note, don't miss the fun updates from all the Model A drivers in the comments section on the previous post - they're great!!!)


TubaDad said...

Pat asked for a Nebraska joke, and since football is pretty big in Nebraska, here's a good one.


A guy took his blonde girlfriend to a Nebraska football game for the first time. After the game he asked his girlfriend how she liked the game.

"Oh, I really liked it," she said, "but I just couldn't understand why they were killing each other for 25 cents."

"What on earth do you mean???" he quizzed.

"Well, I saw them flip a coin and one team got it and then for the rest of the game all they kept screaming was: Get the quarter back! Get the quarter back!"

Bob & Mary B said...

Tobasco to stay alert?...Good idea. I'll try that sometime. Is Nebraska a bit humid this time of year? When you go thru Lincoln, give a wave out the right side (south) of the car to my old stomping grounds! Keep on truckin'
-Bob B

Anonymous said...

Good to hear from you. Glad that yucky weather is gone. We sure enjoy reading about your daily ride. Tell Sharon & Chris we all say HELLO.Good Luck tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Jerry Wilhelm, Chief Judge, of the MAFCA Convention just told me about this site so I just checked it out. Very interesting. Wanted to let you know that we are hard a work shoring up the final details for a great meet and are looking forward to your arrival. We certainly hope that the New England area got all the rail out of its system and will have the sun shine on us here next week.Best regards and have a safe journey, Lou Zadra, Chairman 2006 MAFCA cONVENTION

Anonymous said...

how many more days till I have to have some Snyder's potato chips ready for Bob? Marlayna

Anonymous said...

Great job on your postings guys! We read them first thing every morning. Everything's fine here at home.
Mary leaves for Seattle on Wednesday for 3 days with Kathy.
Bob M. - It sounds like Will's car is dong so well that maybe we should schedule him for his own sminar.
Happy Trails, Al & Mary J.

Anonymous said...

Nebraska is the only US state I haven't been in so take lots of pictures so I can see what it's like. Hard to believe you haven't even been gone a week. Miss you guys.
Keep the pictures and comments coming.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bob and Pat:

Joe and Pam W. are hoping to get to see you guys in Michigan July 25. Read your e-mail.

J & P

Chuck & Nora said...

With the rain you guys had, bet you're glad you have real windows, Bob and Pat! No umbrella inside the car this time?

Bob & Mary B said...

Have you found any good swimming holes along the ol' Platte River? I'll bet you're hummin' Andy Williams' "Moon River" right about now. How in the world did Janet L. get to all the other states without going thru Nebraska??? I wish she'd share that secret, because it's a LOOONG way across Nebraska.Good Luck,
-Bob B

Anonymous said...

Hey, Bob & Pat! We see that you're in Nebraska now... That's pretty far to travel in a model A. We're glad to see we're not the only ones posting...

Happy Travels!

Anonymous said...

I am twisting Larry Conger's arm to see if I can get him to come fly to Boston with me. If he comes we both will be there on Monday

Anonymous said...

HI B&P, is that a new car you are driving! glad to hear you have windows. what a fun trip and this site is a barrel of laughs. travel safe, SQ

Bob & Mary B said...

Hi to Chris & Sharon.
Wish we were still with you so we could see them. We love reading this site morning, noon & night! First thing Bob does in the am and last thing he does at night!
Glad you are out of the rain, hope it stayed nice while you were at Pioneer Village.
Have a good night - more tomorrow
Mary B

Anonymous said...

You folks are an inspiration. Someday we will be on a tour across the USA in our coupe.
We read about your adventure daily and realy enjoy both the commentary and the pictures. What a wonderful treat. It's almost like we are there too.