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#51 Clif

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 06:44 PM

Sounds like the trip so far is going well. Hope you and Geoff are having a blast. 

By the way, pardon my ignorance, but what kind of mileage does a 1930 Model A get?

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 06:50 PM

Really good mileage if you are towing it.  :tease:
 
Just joking around, Greg. :)

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 06:58 PM

Greg,
 
The crop you saw is most likely sorghum and is used here in Colorado as cattle feed.

Eastern Colorado is just an extension of Kansas, as you have seen by now. From I-25 west is where you get into the Rocky Mountains. If you take I-80 across southern Wyoming, expect more of the same: flat, barren, and wind farms. but probably more trucks. It's pretty flat until you get into Utah.

Have a safe trip.
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Posted 20 October 2014 - 07:36 PM

Methinks the GPS is hooked up to the VW to pull in to McD's... Maybe they are a sponsor... LOL...

BTW Nebraska is worse.


I wish on the sponsorship.

BTW my best man says he prefers driving across North & South Dakota and Nebraska to Kansas.
 

Your son doesn't have a phone with a data plan?


He doesn't have a phone of any kind right now nor does he have a car. At 34, he's a world-class late bloomer, I'm afraid.
 

Regardless, if you eat at a fast food place, it better be at least an In-N-Out Burger. LOL.


That's been a little difficult to do so far, as that chain only has locations in places we haven't been traveling through.

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I thought that they were very easily hacked... supposed to have McRibs soon.


My Apple stuff protects me.

And the McRib sandwich is now a product the company features in various markets for limited times, because if they added it to the full US menu, I have been told that the pork industry couldn't supply the necessary demand for pork meat.

Same thing happened when McD's added the cherry pie in the early '60s... the cherry industry couldn't meet the demand for cherries and the company had to pull that product off the menu for a time.
 
Just to illustrate, last I heard McD's takes 8% of the US potato crop for their fries.
 
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Posted 20 October 2014 - 07:45 PM

The crop you saw is most likely sorghum and is used here in Colorado as cattle feed.


Thanks for that, Paul. I saw lots of rolled hay or other forage feed but was not sure it was laying in fields where the unknown crop had been.

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 07:55 PM

Since you almost became a train guy, stop in at the Union Pacific shops in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A few months ago the railroad towed a Big Boy to their steam shop there from CA to restore back to running condition. It's number is 4014.


That's an excellent suggestion, Doug.

I do know that they're restoring 4014 to service, as it has made a big splash in the steam train world.

Dunno if we can make a stop there happen, but we'll certainly put it into the mix of possibilities. I remember very clearly seeing the Big Boy at the Henry Ford museum many years ago.

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 08:05 PM

What? Forget to pack your Depends?

 
Ha-ha, Dennis. I'll have you know I have a world-class bladder that can go nearly all day without draining, if I stay away from the brewskis. It got close on FUEL a couple times...
 

Where are the pics?

 
Too busy running like a bat outa hell to stop and take pics... and of what? Two not very attractive guys and a white VW Rabbit? I'll get the camera going on the return voyage...


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Posted 20 October 2014 - 08:05 PM

By the way, pardon my ignorance, but what kind of mileage does a 1930 Model A get?

 
The jury is still out. Heard reports recently of 12 MPG on a 1930 coupe and other Model A guys say they can get 19 MPG on long trips. If I can achieve 15 MPG from my new car, I'll be happy.


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Posted 20 October 2014 - 08:18 PM

I'll be taking a road trip next year to Le Mans. You've inspired me to consider the same thing report-wise.

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 08:22 PM

But with more photos, eh?   :)

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 08:28 PM

I saw in a previous post that you got a new distributor cam and that you saw the same item fit a '32 B and a Model A.  

The B four-cylinder motor was the same as the Model A except it had a balanced crankshaft. All the external stuff is the same. The B motors are in demand for guys that drive their Model As as they are not only smoother, they can run 5 mph or more faster the the unbalanced stock A motors.    

Your posts are bringing back lots of memories of the A Models I had before I became a hot rodder!
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Posted 20 October 2014 - 08:29 PM

Greg,

Best thing that could happen to you (and the Slotbloggers) is you walking into an AT&T store and tell the guy in there the pteradactyl flew off with your phone and you need to go 21st Century.

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 08:32 PM

Do you have an empty gas can or two with you? Are you a member of AAA or some other auto club that'll provide roadside assistance should it be needed?


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Posted 20 October 2014 - 08:35 PM

Mike,

It may actually happen soon, but absolutely not with AT&T.

What's kept me away from a smartphone has been the cost of cellular access, but recently there's company that's brought the cost down substantially.

We'll see when I get back, if I have any money left...
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Posted 20 October 2014 - 08:38 PM

You need it now.

It would make documenting your trip ten times easier.

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 09:11 PM

"The Parts That Fall Off This Car Are Of The Finest British Manufacture".

I think the original source for this was Al Capp in a Li'l Abner cartoon, spoken by a British detective that somehow found his way to Dogpatch
 
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Posted 20 October 2014 - 09:24 PM

I'll be taking a road trip next year to Le Mans. You've inspired me to consider the same thing report-wise.


There's a ROAD to Le Mans? :laugh2:
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Posted 20 October 2014 - 09:40 PM

Greg,

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 10:42 PM

Greg, I know you don't have the time but...
 
It would be fun to retrace the route Kowalski took on his way from Denver to San Francisco... without the ending, of course. I have been through Goldfield (where SuperSoul broadcast from) on Highway 95. Very picturesque drive.
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Posted 20 October 2014 - 10:49 PM

The add-on we're thinking is, on the way back, to go south from Denver to Colorado Springs, to leave the A somewhere safe, and to drive up and down Pikes Peak in the Rabbit.

It's too soon and too far from home to attempt it in the A, but I'd love to make the climb, even if they did pave the entire road a year or so ago.

Looked real hard at riding the Durango & Silverton and Cumbers & Toltec scenic railways, but they're simply too far away from our return route.

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 11:06 PM

There is after you land in Zurich. ;-) Now back to Greg's trip. So maybe you'll take a crack at Seb Loeb's time at the Peak?

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 11:13 PM

So far, I'm not impressed with the complete lack of photos. I don't feel like we're getting our money's worth.   :crazy:
 
At least take a shot of a random hipster cowboy or cowgirl working the register at the gas station or some old pickup filling up next to you. There's gotta be something photo-worthy.
 
Hot babe in a phone booth? Buzzard sitting on a fence? A pink '66 Mustang convertible sitting out front of a place selling used tires.
 
It's the little things... the simple things... the stupid and goofy things... that make a travelogue interesting and fun.   :to_become_senile:
 
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Posted 20 October 2014 - 11:46 PM

Yeah - what he said. :)
 
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Posted 21 October 2014 - 05:27 AM

Tough crowd!

OK, I'll get the camera clicking today.
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Posted 21 October 2014 - 05:37 AM

;) Thanks, Greg.

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 06:21 AM

I don't feel like we're getting our money's worth.


Says the member who has not yet become a Slotblog subscriber?!? I can't hear you... LOL.
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Posted 21 October 2014 - 08:46 AM

While you're in civilization you really need to get that phone so you're not a slave to wi-fi to take pictures and post.

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 08:56 AM

The jury is still out. Heard reports recently of 12 MPG on a 1930 coupe and other Model A guys say they can get 19 MPG on long trips. If I can achieve 15 MPG from my new car, I'll be happy.


Hopefully you will get closer to the 19. That is going to be a big gas bill either way. Stay between the lines and keep enjoying it!

In reference to the lack of pictures... SNAP TO! Just kidding...ish (not a paid subscriber so I really can't make demands. Actually I can, I just don't expect them to be met.)

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 10:31 AM

If I can post it, this pic is of the '30 Ford I did back in 1974 and the roadster which I eventually turned it into.  

 

Very much the same car as Cheater is attempting to drive across the US.

 

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:27 AM

All the shut-ins want to see pics. LOL

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:56 AM

Dennis,

 

Greg is still trying to wrap his head around the concept if you get a 2014 phone you don't need to hunt out a McDonald's to post a pic.

He's waiting to get home to look into it... just in time for the next time he drives an antique car cross-country. LOL.


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 12:21 PM

Hey Cheater,

 

When you leave Denver if you go up 287 to Laramie then across 80 to little America then go north on 30 to Pocatello will save you some miles. Do it in big truck all the time.


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 03:04 PM

Greg is still trying to wrap his head around the concept if you get a 2014 phone you don't need to hunt out a McDonald's to post a pic.


You're assuming a bit here, Mike. I'm not posting pics from McDonald's at all, just checking email and doing some Slotbog tasks.

Since I prefer to use a digicam for pics, because of the options it gives me, I don't use my iPad to post pics at all, unless someone emails them to me.

My problem isn't with the phones, it's with the usurious rates the cell service providers charge. There's a limit to what I'll pay for cellular coverage and up to now, the providers have all been above my number. If you wanna call me a cheap old fart, you'd be more on point.
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Posted 21 October 2014 - 03:05 PM

When you leave Denver if you go up 287 to Laramie then across 80 to little America then go north on 30 to Pocatello will save you some miles. Do it in big truck all the time.


Thanks, Rod. I'll check it out!

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 03:20 PM

Well, Greg, you're over two days into your trip and so far we learned Kansas is boring and you'll pay $11,000 for an 84-year-old car but NOT pay anything to properly document what you've portrayed as a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 03:24 PM

What's the cruising speed of this baby?
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Posted 21 October 2014 - 03:24 PM

You're assuming a bit here, Mike. I'm not posting pics from McDonald's at all, just checking email and doing some Slotbog tasks.

Since I prefer to use a digicam for pics, because of the options it gives me, I don't use my iPad to post pics at all, unless someone emails them to me.

My problem isn't with the phones, it's with the usurious rates the cell service providers charge. There's a limit to what I'll pay for cellular coverage and up to now, the providers have all been above my number. If you wanna call me a cheap old fart, you'd be more on point.

 
Hey Greg...

I'm also a "dinosaur". I can hardly connect to a cell tower at home and I live in a well-established neighborhood in Los Angeles... sure I can c-o-n-n-e-c-t but move six inches and I'm disconnected. I'm about to run around the house and paint circles where cell coverage is good enough not to be disconnected if you move... this is all carriers...

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 03:54 PM

Well, Greg, you're over two days into your trip and so far we learned Kansas is boring and you'll pay $11,000 for an 84-year-old car but NOT pay anything to properly document what you've portrayed as a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.


LOL... Two days where we drove as fast as the speed limits allowed for about 1,700 miles along boring intestates, with a significant portion of it in the dark.. Wasn't much to document, I can assure you and I don't really consider the mad dash to OR a memorable part of the adventure but rather just a grind.

The photographic documentation starts today... I'm editing pics right now and will posting about the day's activities in a bit.

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 03:56 PM

What's the cruising speed of this baby?


A comfortable cruising speed in a Model A is 45 MPH. They'll go faster than that but not more than about 60 flat out, if they're stock.

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 06:12 PM

Photographs!!  :D

 

Woo-hoo. Now you are cookin'.

 

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:30 PM

Says the member who has not yet become a Slotblog subscriber?!? I can't hear you... LOL.

 

Well, it was just supposed to be a joke, like the old adage, "This advice is worth exactly what you paid for it."


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Posted 22 October 2014 - 06:35 AM

John,
 
I realize that, but it's a constant struggle to keep the necessary revenue happening at Slotblog and it amazes me the number of active members who are logged in almost every day who seemingly don't feel it is necessary to support it in any way other than by their presence and posts.
 
A significant factor for all internet forums has the been the increasing percentage of viewers who access Slotblog via cellphone. This has had a discernible negative influence on ad revenues, as far fewer syndicated ads can be displayed to cellphone users as compared to viewers accessing from traditional computers or even tablets.

Many internet forums like Slotblog are instituting changes to enhance revenues, such premium content areas, membership drives, etc. I'd be dishonest if I indicated that similar approaches were not being considered for Slotblog.
 
My flippant reply was meant to point out (hopefully in a humorous manner) that, as a non-subscriber, there is no "money's worth" for you. If by your actions and your post above, you wish to infer that Slotblog is worth to you "exactly what you're paying for it", I can deal with that.

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 11:47 AM

I thought it was funny! :)


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Posted 22 October 2014 - 12:40 PM

Keep the stories and the pictures coming!

 

Might I suggest a travel song as you're leaving Denver: Bob Seger's "Get Out Of Denver". (Denver's a great city, it's that Bob had a little problem there one time… I'm sure he's welcome anytime he wants to return)…..


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Posted 22 October 2014 - 01:50 PM

I just saw Seger on Jimmy Kimmel.

People use to argue who's better, him or Springsteen.

I like both a lot.

That said, I can say Bruce has kept in better shape.

But I'll never be able to fault Seger much, after hearing him do "If I Were a Carpenter".

 


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Posted 22 October 2014 - 02:26 PM

Great cover!

Would have loved Joe Cocker do this in his prime.

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 02:39 PM

Joe Cocker's version of "You Can Keep Your Hat On" is one of my faves of his…


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Posted 22 October 2014 - 02:43 PM

Agreed on both the last posts.

Joe Cocker lives in a small Colorado town near slot racing's nicest guy, Greg Norris.

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 03:32 PM

Never cared much for Springsteen but I could listen to Seger all day. My favorite Seger song is "Turn the Page".
 
Cocker would have been fantastic singing "If I were a Carpenter".
 
But we digress.
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Posted 22 October 2014 - 05:14 PM

That's what old guys tend to do. LOL.


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