Well it is good to be back. We arrived home yesterday afternoon after one month away. Donâ€™t get me wrong we had a fantastic time but it is good to be home. We are a bit over hamburgers, chips (or fries as they call them), bright yellow cheese, fried everything, peanut butter with added sugar, whipped yellow cheese with hazel nut, coffee that Brother Steve could use in his shop to strip panels, cheese with sugar and mayo, buckets of â€˜sodaâ€™ (drink, not the stuff you use to strip panels), utes on steroids, diners, cheese burgers, gravy that is really white sauce, biscuits that are really scones, whipped cheese with pickles and fries, ketchup and not sauce, traffic snarls that last for 90 minutes, Sandra the stupid GPS lady and noisy air-conditioners.
However we will miss the people, the encounters, the big things, being able to stop at an interesting factory and getting a tour because â€˜we all luuv how yawl taulkâ€™, hamburgers, ribs (from a secret stash of dinosaurs they must have), IHOP (for dessert and not breakfast), Steak and Shake, friends, pickles (that come in a jar like gherkins on steroids), cool whip (for dessert and sexy time and not breakfast), being able to garner assistance from black gang bangers because â€˜yaw not from around here arrr yaâ€™ (said while driving a brand new black merc with four of your closest bloods after just palming off three ounces of your finest), purchasing a â€™68 Mustang distributor, cap and rotor button for $79 AND getting a discount because â€˜I like yawl accentâ€™ and surviving the west side of Chicago (see previous reference to drug dealers).
On the Mustang side of things, we started talking photos of mustangs in LA. We stopped taking photos of Mustangs in LA when we realised these things are not that uncommon. Saw very few early model Mustangs (about 6 I think) but lots of black chev Camaros; great looking car but I think they only come in black (or that is how it appeared).
We had dinner with the Oklahoma Mustang owners and one of them had a â€˜Blackjack Stage 3â€™ Roush (http://www.roushperformance.com/vehicles/mustang-2009-stage3-blackjack.html). Great looking car that he had added carbon fibre braces and cowl to. They had just finished a track day where he took it for a few laps and it apparently went pretty hard. One tank of â€˜gasâ€™ lasted 90 miles.
For hire cars, we had a choice of a dodge challenger but stuck with the Hyundai Tuscon for ease of access, two 12 volt outlets in the centre and XM radio. Met a nice group of late model corvette owners doing a dash east; a 2009 or later could be my next quest (love those four centre exiting exhausts).
We dropped into Galpin Ford on Roscoe Blvd in LA as this is where our red car was sold. They were disappointingly disinterested in providing any information/help but I did get a number-plate surround for my trouble. I grabbed a shot of the ticket price of a 2012 Roush Stage 3; $57k- gotta love that! I also recall the line of grossly oversized pick-up trucks (weird utes) they had on sale. These things are suitable for a family of four to live in and are just nuts.
High points (in the rough order they happened):
Not having to return home after learning, en-route to collect the hire car, that Hâ€™s dad has broken his hip and had to remain in Perth where we left him with JBBâ€™s taillight bezel that Mike68 had asked us to return.
Car meeting first Wednesday of the month outside Wally Parkes NHRA museum, Pamona
Getting re-married by Elvis in Las Vegas.
Being told to keep the laughter down as we cavorted with a negro couple and their wedding party as a drunk Hispanic guy actually got married in the Viva Las Vegas Elvis Wedding Chappell. Picture two Aussies and an African American wedding party sending facebook pictures of the bridesmaid and her â€˜new manâ€™ (read me) to her friends. I apparently was â€˜OKâ€™ as my sunburn made me â€˜redâ€™ not white!
Las Vegas (however I do agree with the Big Macâ€™s assessment of the place)
The Grand Canyon
Perseid meteor shower
Staying at the wigwam motel
Bass Pro world headquarters in Springfield- a truly bizarre place
Edwin Hubble memorial
Tour of cooperage factory by the owner (http://mcginnisbourbonbarrels.com/aboutus.html)
Smithsonian air and space annex, Dulles Airport
If anyone is interested, I can send them or am happy to post a link (if Hybrid can help do this) to the itinerary that we drafted and followed with addresses, timings etc. of the places we went. It was pretty good with the right amount of time/miles per day to stop and do things while following R66. We stuck to the early route that had dirt road sections. You would be nuts to do it without the Route 66 Ezy Guide and a GPS/phone with US maps just in case. We took over 1000 photos, so if you have a spare weekend we can go through them ;-)
Jacko and H
'68 J-code GT Fastback
'67 S-code GT coupe, 'Pink Bitz' formerly known as 'Hookin' up a brother'
'69 M_____ GTS Fastback 'Blasted'
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