freetown fred wrote:Definitely sounds like my kinda guy .. Rest in Peace Uncle Stanley
HEAR HEAR Fred!
RIP Stanley. I feel like all the good American heroes are leaving us, and soon we will be outnumbered ...
I want to give a big THANKS to those who expressed their concern ... but I was just on vacation. I was piloting that black SUV!
Just returned yesterday from our 2 week cross-country excursion out to Kalifornia. Got to see the communist checkpoint with my own eyes - Youtube vids were 100% spot on. I got a stare down, but was waved through by a less than enthused border "agent" without having to empty my truck of 1,200 lbs. of gear.
We did this trip on a mega tight budget, as fuel costs were going to eat up a large percentage of the funds. Flying and renting cars was out for us. All set - we'd never be talked into it no matter how great you make it sound.
We made it cross-country in a little over 2 days. No hotels - slept right in the front with seats that could not recline, due to all our crap packed back there. I've got some serious joint pain ... but that is probably due to the fact that I was able to skip the asthma meds for 13 days. Don't let people tell you asthma is caused by pollution - it's caused by what your allergic to. In my case, that's trees, weeds and grass ... everything in MA!
Truck made it no problem. Used one quart of Amsoil Signature 5w-30 in 6,474 miles of hard driving - guess I can't complain too much about that. Had the cruise control set at 95 half the way back home through the western states.
Fuel mileage sucked in the progressive states (MA, CA), which was to be expected. I got 13.7 mpg in CA on their fuel doing 75-80 up through the mountains. Filled up in NV and got 15 mpg going 95 mph the whole time. Across the midwest I got 17 mpg at 85 mph. Goes to show what these states do to their fuel!! Also, the spark knock I was getting on CA fuel was FRIGHTENING ... just absolute garbage gasoline. 85 octane mountain gas was better in every way! Also noticed how the police target drivers as you go east. Saw not a single speed trap in over 4k miles of western travel ... but the minute you get close to Chicago, look out! Saw a few in IN, a couple in OH, none in PA, and everywhere in NY and CT - plus the speed limits are FAR below the rest of the country. Drivers are less courteous, it's more congested, and you make little progress. Welcome to the northeast! After all the miles, just driving in MA, CT, & NY makes me not want to ever do this again.
Saw some interesting sights on the way, like a Cadillac El Dorado chopped into an El Camino! Also saw a guy lose a front wheel on 84 in CT. Watched another guy following the still rolling wheel down the shoulder! Had a few instances where my anger almost got the better of me. No less than 3 TIMES I had a tractor trailer swerve completely unannounced into my lane. If my wife wasn't with me I probably would've escalated the incident and ended up battering someone severely. I was livid!! One time I came upon a truck with a pickup drafting him. He pulled the same stunt on me! As I rode in the gutter on the rumble strip 1" from his ICC bar to let him know of his dumb ass move, he swerves back over to the right lane and cuts off the other guy who was now trying to pass! There are some real idiots now piloting trucks these days. Worse than ever! Never had issues like that in the past, and have never worked with anyone that dumb in my 8 years of driving!
But anyway ... we had an absolute blast out there. Sky was blue every single day but one. Did some miles on the bike, and got to do some serious off roading at Carnegie. After that ride I'm 100% sure I'm still afraid of heights!
Toured San Fran. My second time, but first for the wifey. We happened to pick the day the America's Cup race was going on out in the bay, so we got some pics of that. Not my cup of tea, but was cool to watch for a bit.
I'll post more pics later. Still have over 1k emails to weed through .... and over 200 pictures to sort and label. Plus word is out in town that Smitty is back .... so I've got cars, trucks, atv's .... trains, tractor-trailers, jet aircraft, & spacecraft sitting in my yard waiting for repairs!
I also have a boiler downstairs that needs hooking up! Getting damn cold over here ....
Great group of folks here - missed you guys!