JUNE 2ND – Detroit – GM PROVING GROUND
This is Kels on the left with me. Jimmy and I stopped at BWW for dinner and when I ordered a beer, Kels asked for my I.D. – REALLY! She made my day. I just received my medicare card – it begins in August. How thrilling for an old lady. Kels – she’s got my back, anytime!
The weather was perfect this Saturday, high was 75 and no rain. In March Jim decided he wanted to put a new gas tank in his 1962 Corvette. He was certain it would be done in time for this great tour across America. Four days before the tour began he found out that the new gas tank one of the crimps had a space in it and gas leaked out. While Jim was disappointed my spirits soared because the only ‘cramp’ in the tour for me is that I have a tendency to overheat – as in heat stroke…. almost. We took my 2001 bright yellow Corvette coupe. If you see us on the road the license tags are “JOYFULL”… as in, I am always joyful when we take the yellow vette with modern conveniences rather than the hot-looking 1962 corvette. It comes down to comfort or looking good…. forget the Jimmy Choo’s and go for sneakers!
JUNE 3RD - MUSKEGUM, MICHIGAN
This little town on Lake Michigan knows how to bring the cars in and…. party time! There were so many people today that it looked like a state fair, only Jimmy said there were more people in Muskegum than at the Ohio State Fair. It smelled like the state fair. Food vendors were everywhere and beautifully renovated downtown Muskegum was hopping.
Jimmy and I had to move further down the road to Holland Michigan because there was no room in the Muskegum inns. We walked across the street from our hotel and had dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings where I had a ‘new’ treat. Our waiter was Kels (short for Kelsy). I ordered a beer and Kels actually asked for my I.D. Yes, she really did! Made my day…. no, my week, really made me smile!
I am having trouble uploading my pictures from the past two days (including the one of Kels at Buffalo Wild Wings) this evening. I will try to upload them tomorrow evening – check back then. Blessings to all!
Day 3 – Muskegum to University of Illinois
First rainy day but it was so cool, not scortching hot, a lovely day with a gentle rain. We took the back roads and drove through rula towns in Indiana and Illinois. Quaint little towns with laid-back people sitting in lawn chairs waving at us. We were way ahead of most drivers as we started early and 38 miles south of them. It was a very pleasant trip. Before we left Michigan there was a car fire. A fire truck had fumes of smoke roiling in the air. The car burnt to a crisp. Have no news about the passengers but I pray no one was hurt. That will be a driver who will have to rent a car if he intends to proceed. If it was Jimmy and I, we would!
Will Post more pictures tomorrow. Yeh, I know some of them are upside down and sideways but I am too tired to care. Have a great evening – love to all. Billie
DAY 4 – St. Louis – Gateway Motorsports Park
You can’t ask for better weather. Yesterday it rained most of the time we were at the University of Illinois for that gathering. Jimmy does not like to get wet. He thinks it makes him look like a hound dog…. maybe that or he thinks he will melt like sugar. Me – I love rain and am like the hound dog that wallows in the mud. It can’t rain too much or too long for me….. I love it! So, to put yesterday in the proper perspective – it was my kind of day and not so much Jimmy’s. Pictures: Just a few with rain drops on them.
Toady was a different story, Jim’s kind of day, and, frankly most of the other hot car, I mean, hot rod drivers love a day with sunshine and perfect temperatures. We arrived in St. Louis under sunny skies and 85 degree temperature. We walked around the Motorsport race track, ate some deep fried fair type food and both of us left slightly nauseaous from the affect of heat, too much sun and too much grease. I tell you it I keep eating like this I am going to be a real porker! Weight watchers here I come!
Pictures! Yes, I have some pictures from yesterday and today. You can easily figure out which are which, the ones with rain and cloudy skies are yesterdays and the ones with sunshine and me looking slightly wilted were taken today. But, no, pictures of me are rare because I am the man behind the camera…. not in front of it.
Blessings to all my fellow travelors and friends/family back home. Tomorrow to Miami Oklahoma where we gather at the casino on the reservation! Fun, fun, fun!