Cold to Hot!!! Nice and cool in San Jose, 105 in Bakersfield. Whew! Had a little parking lot seminar right off the bat, doggone A did not want to track. How come? Turns out a safety chain got hooked into the tierod.
Very pleasant drive down route 33, Patti counted wildlife; squirrels, crows, deer, cattle?, buzzards, burros, sheep? horses? magpies, turkeys, goats? this is what you do on lonely roads. Finally came on this roadblock on route 198,,,,
Turns out a bunch of exotic cars are running on this section of road which the Highway Patrol has closed off for them. They were taking the curves at 115 mph. There will be an article in the November Motor Trend. We offered to run but they said only if we could beat 115 mph!
After we got through, we hit some warmer climbs enroute to Coalinga. And there we had our first casualty. Bill B. was boiling on the upslopes, and after thinking about it, decided that the coupe wasn’t going to make it in the much hotter weather and bigger hills yet to come. So, discretion being the better part of valor, he & Pat decided to flatbed it back home from Coalinga and get their modern car, they will rejoin us in Vegas tomorrow.
The rest of us made it through Bakersfield and up to Tehachapi, although not completely scot-free. John P. had to change a sparkplug, Chuck E. and John J. did a little boiling. We got in at 5:00.
Let’s see, Edsel for the day, Bob B. turned the wrong way on 33 and went north instead of south, got to see some extra scenery.
To bed for an early start, supposed to be 110 in Baker tomorrow, we want to get through there early.