Friday, August 04, 2006

Epilogue

Just for the record, we showed 7753 miles, 29 days on the road, 20 states, 1 province, 33 summits (that we kept track of), sea level to 11, 158 ft, crossed the continental divide 4 times, 67 fuel stops, 408.1 gallons of fuel at avg price of $3.048 per gallon for a total fuel cost of $1243.95. We averaged 19.0 mpg overall, 19.24 with overdrive (4414 miles), 18.67 without overdrive (3339 miles). We changed the oil once. We added 1/2 quart of oil to the engine, two quarts to the transmission, and about 1/2 quart to the radiator overflow bottle. We boiled once on a low gear climb in 110 degree heat. We were stopped once for a short time by mechanical problems when the overdrive took a header. We flirted with vaporlock anytime the temperature was over 100 degrees.

We had over 11000 hits on our Blog.... We are wondering just how many people were tracking us so here is a request for all you folks that followed our progress. Click on the word "COMMENTS" at the bottom of this posting. When the comments page comes up, type your name and where you are in the box on the right side, and then click on "Anonymous", and then click on "Login and publish". This will put it on the blog in the comments section. We are just curious, I know lots of folks watched us and did not make comments or send us emails. thanks a bunch for all your support and good wishes, I think that's what helped all those A's make it all the way home.

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your epistle!! I anjoyed it so much!
Liz Cilker
Milpitas, Calif.

Anonymous said...

I am glad you are all home safe and sound. I sure hope you will write an article from this to put in the Restorer..

Darryl Coe

Anonymous said...

Diane & I certainly enjoyed being tuned in each day to the progress of your the daily sojourns. Many thanks for sharing your trip adventures and photos with all of us Model Aers.
Now tell me Bob did you return with the same gas cap? Ha! Ha!

George & Diane Oeh
Sunnyvale, CA

Anonymous said...

i9.0 miles per gallon. That is amazing! We're going to miss the blog of your trip. Will Ed and Linda in Texas

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your travel log. We felt like we traveled along with you. We looked forward to your daily reports. What a great adventure you must have had.

Don and Anne Mingst

Bob & Mary B said...

We haven't heard from "the Tailgunners" group. Where are they? Did they make it home? We've really enjoyed this, and want you to do it again soon! Perhaps this blogsite should keep going as you repair your cars in the following weeks(months)? Love to hear about that process,too!
Thanks for the memories...
Bob and Mary Beaman
San Jose, Ca.

Anonymous said...

put my name on yhe list Itracked you the hole time

Anonymous said...

Joe and Pam Watts Jackson, MI

Anonymous said...

Nick, Karin, Nicolos, Laynee & Jack enjoyed the daily updates. The kids see no reason why they cant have ice cream as much as adults now. Virginia Beach, VA.

Anonymous said...

HAVE A GOOD LANDING, REST-UP AND

HAVE ONE ON ME !!!!!!!!!


TO PAT AND BOB M

JIM MC WASHINGTON PA

Anonymous said...

Tail gunners made it back and arrived today at 2:30. All is well and we are tired and relaxing in our own abode tonight. Loved the site and enjoyed being a part of it.

Will, Karla and Chris Lancaster
Sunnyvale

Anonymous said...

Alex Fucile, a friend of Jack Castor, followed your travels every day. It was a most interesting journey for both the travelers and the "wish we were along folks". I could have used a few of the ice cream stops. My home, as Jack knows, is in Santa Clara.

Anonymous said...

So glad you guys made it home ok!
Luci-Jo, Jason, and Noah

Anonymous said...

Let`s see--how many miles would it take to save on gas to pay for a new overdrive that mite cost $2000??If you are driving Bob M`s car--he got 19.24 miles per $3.04 in fuel with overdrive and 18.67 without--that equals $.005 in savings per mile--So it would take 400,000 miles or 54 trips across the USA--Now if you factor in the loss time because you are going slower without the overdrive then if you devide your hourly rate into the cost of the overdrive you will find that you can not be without it!!And it even gets better with 36%Enough math for now--Had a great trip with great friends and hope to see you soon bill rose

Anonymous said...

George Tuck, el Camino A's, San Mateo

Anonymous said...

We certainly enjoyed following your travels everyday!!! It was fun too, meeting up with you for a couple days in Nebraska! Glad eveyone had such a good trip and made it home safely!! Chris and Sharon P. Broomfield, Colorado

TubaDad said...

Enjoyed reading about the trip and seeing the pictures along the way. What a journey!

It was fun greeting you guys when you drove the final few yards down the driveway. You looked VERY ready to be home!

Rod
San Jose, CA

Anonymous said...

Our heartiest Congratulations to all of the intrepid Model A'ers for their faith in that old car, "The Model A Ford".We realize it was fun but harrowing experience for all of you. We welcome you home and Say Congratulations on your exbited personal courage and fortitude.
We have enjoyed the daily blog accounts of the journey and adventures. Thank you all for your strong representation of our California, Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America. Joyce and Fred Wilkinson

Anonymous said...

Loved to follow along on your journey. Congrats!

Jane Meneely (Bob & Pat's daughter-in-law from Ahwatukee, Arizona)

Anonymous said...

Safe and sound what a trip, so glad to have you all home. We took the trip with you through your blog. Thank you for your great reports. We have taken notes on some of your crafty repairs for our road trips. See you soon. Lauren & Bill Alley

Anonymous said...

Ken and Ruth

Anonymous said...

Ken and Ruth say: Welcome back!
So good to know that you've made it with flying colors!!! Loved seeing your progress reports. Know that you have many more stories to tell!!!

Anonymous said...

Loved reading your blog, and seeing all those great photos.Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
Kim M
San Jose Ca

Rodg said...

Glad to know that everyone arrived home in FOOD shape and great spirits, I was jealous every moment of the trip!!

We'll be anxious to hear all the great stories that remain to be told.

Thanks, Rodg & Norene

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the exciting play-by-play of your magnificent trip! I've been following along from Santa Rosa, CA, as we've also been following our Coast to Coast team of Steve & Judy Lewis (Sonoma A's) and Joe & Lois Gensley (now of Gre-Neva A's). They're still on the road; Billings Montana today but eager to get home.

Glad you all had a save and fun trip, and thanks for representing our State at the meet!

Cindy Peterson,
Santa Rosa, Sonoma A's

P.S. Where'd you get the air-conditioners?? I REALLY want one!

Pat said...

Answer to Cindy P.
The air conditioners can be purchased from Ken Davis in Texas. They are wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed following you guys/gals. You should keep the blog up with any of your car travels/trips.

Ivan Jorgensen
Foster City, CA
SCVMTFC

Anonymous said...

We're REALLY happy that you're home! We found out what the neighborhood would be like without you. Phhbbbt!
We get up in the morning now, turn on the computer and then ........
Bob, you guys have a great little coupe and you can look forward to many more tours, summer or winter, rain or shine. Gret reporting from all of you. Thanks a bunch.
Al & Mary J. (Mr. & Mrs. J to you Marymia)

Anonymous said...

For the last time...
Home at last, home at last....
We thoroughly enjoyed this 3700 odd miles trip and couldn't have had better trip partners all the way across, coast to coast and back. It will be a trip we'll always treasure. Thank you Pat, Bob, Dave, Susan, Bill, Will, Karla, Ted, Susan, Jack, Don, Linda, Ray, Bob and Shirley.

Anonymous said...

Stacey Teague
Carmel

Anonymous said...

Gyll (Stacey's Mom)
Carmel

Anonymous said...

Mark Teague (Stacey's Hubby)
Carmel

Anonymous said...

Marlayna DiMaggio, 376 S Kings Crk Rd, Burgettstown Pa 15021 Also so glad that you are home safe and sound! Where to next year?

Anonymous said...

I want you all to know that my sophisticated state-of-the-art navigational device has gone on the fritz again...she only registers 3700 miles for the trip!I can fix that...
But wait! Those were the miles she drove.

M3 said...

Mary-Mia (and you know where I live, haha)

Loved reading about your adventures and seeing all the cool pictures of the gang every day. I bet there's not another Model A club around that blogs about their travels.

Anonymous said...

We sure enjoyed reading the daily updates of your trip, and looking at all the great photos. It was fun to meet up with you and see Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse and of course the beautiful Yellowstone national park with you.
Bob & Shirley
San Jose Ca

Anonymous said...

Thanx so much for keeping us all informed of your daily episodes on your journey. I for one had a blast following along and giving my thoughts all the while. I'm a friend of Jacks And just the other day Met Don for the first time (quite a nice gentleman) while Jack was explaining how his roadster was on a flatbed for the final part of the journey home. I'm figurein they all had just about enough by then (thats Jack, Don And the roadster) that that flatbed was prolly looking real comfy by then. And I'll bet that ol flatbed had trouble keeping the speed under 70. lol That musta been a shock to all by then .
Bob S. From Half Moon Bay, Ca.

Anonymous said...

John & Trish LaVoy
Rocklin, CA

We enjoyed reading your exploits and insights about traveling across the country in a Model A.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed "tagging along" on the trip. The pictures were fun and added so much to the well done commentary. Thanks for letting me know so I could follow, Jack.
Charlie Davies
Phoenix

Anonymous said...

Hi Bob and Pat,
Following your progress on the blog was a lot of fun. What a great summary about the "A", and expenses. I think cars were built to last in the old days. I never would have thought it could last in such gruelling conditions; maybe it was because you are a good engineer and Pati prayed a lot. Say hi to the family. take care, susie from WA

Anonymous said...

8-10--Just rechecked my mileage--total traveled--10,886 miles------Model A miles 6,562--Big Bird 4,324 miles--and I enjoyed every inch of the Model A miles--Thanks for all the planing--It truely was "A Magic Carpet Ride in My Model A" Bill Rose

Anonymous said...

Again, congratulations on a job well done! I followed your adventures and mis-adventures everyday - used Streets & Trips, Google-Earthed you to get the "lay of the land", and at times I wished I had gone along. Then, other times.....
Thanks for keeping an eye on Jack & Don - I was playing the role of Worried Wife very well. You know: "please, please just let me hear his voice" then as soon as I did, I morphed into Worried FishWife, "WHERE ARE YOU - WHY HAVEN'T YOU CALLED!!! (expletives deleted)" All wives and mothers can relate, I'm sure.
Thanks for keeping the blog. I know the Wild West is not wired very well, and it is a tiresome and thankless task to keep updates going. But you did a great job. I printed it all out (over 100 pages!) for Don to read.
You all no doubt agree, it was the adventure of a lifetime - lots of good memories for you. Hope to meet you all some day - Don thinks you are a great bunch of people. I think so, too.

Carol Stewart (Don's wife).

P.S. Ladies, Don said you signed a pact never to do this again. The pain wears off with time, and all you remember is the fun, so I bet you change your minds.

Anonymous said...

To Bob Sanders:

My car came into Winnemucca, Nevada thirty miles on the flatbed truck, after it ate its timing gear. I was on schedule to make it into Winnemucca in time to have a Basque dinner at the Martin Hotel. The car lost its drive suddenly, and I pulled over at 6 p.m. A passerby stopped and took Don into Winnemucca, where he located the motel the group was going to stay in (they were at the Martin Hotel having a good Basque dinner). Then he contacted AAA. They picked me up promptly and brought the car and me into Winnemucca at 80 mph. The group was back from dinner, and the car was repaired and running in an hour. The next day the car ran 480 miles to Half Moon Bay. I ate at MacDonald's that night in Winnemucca, because it was too late after the repairs to go to the Martin Hotel.

Jack

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful journal of your trip. sorry I didn't have the blogger url, or i would have commented a long the way.
Let me first say, that I am extremely glad that We did not choose to drive the Phaeton (Tuckie) to MA. The trailor on the back of our "super comfort wagon" was definitely the way to go.
We arrived home on Saturday, 8/19, after 51 days, and visiting CA,MO,IL,IN,OH,MI,PA,NY,MA,CT,NJ,MD,
DE,VA,NC,SC,GA,TN,AR,OK,TX,NM,AZ.
23 states! The majority of them had temperatures of 95-100F. Williams, AZ was the coolest.
We drove 6,270 miles in 135 hours, averaging 46.3 mph. we used 712 gals of diesel at $2.86 to $3.10 per gal. We spent $1,957.67 on fuel.
I had 2 problems with the A. I tore the muffler off backing off the trailor in Detroit and I had to reset the points.
One of the higghlights of our trip was in Urbana, OH, Where Linda acquired the moniker of "Linda, the de-riviter" in memory of "Rosie, the riviter".
We worked on restoring a B-17. We removed about 400 rivits in a wing panel.The project will take about 80,000 man hours and should be done in 9-10 years.
We will be ready for Dallas,08.
Glad everyone is home and safe.
See you at the Sep meeting.
Jack Hubby

Anonymous said...

oh, I forgot, we averaged 8.8 MPG.
YIKES!!!