Good Morning everyone!
I made it home last night from the 3 week trip to the east coast.
Along the way I stayed at these Forum member's places:
In Connecticut: member 'Townsend'. We stayed here for three days. working on the newly acquired Pierce Arrow touring car, refinished the leather, cleaned the fuel system, etc.
In Maine: Freddy, stayed several days. We repaired the roof on the Pierce Touring car, then took it to Mt Desert Island, and toured around, we went to the Seal Cove Auto Museum, and then down to the Memorial Rock that Freddy posted about a week or two ago. No Mr Silverstein around though. We then had dinner at the Lighthouse Inn, and Freddy kept trying to sell the Pierce from it's parking place next to the restaurant!
Actually, he kept telling folks that he was still in 'negotiations' with the owner over buying it..
news to me !!
The next day we drove 'modern' and went south the the Owl's Head Transportation Museum, and bought a few car parts at their 'swap meet' sales tables.
Then on the way back home, we had dinner at a wonderful place in Bucksport. The next table over, were a group of folks from a local play they had put on, they were still in the costumes for the play: pirates, wenches, and Buccaneers'. When Freddy took a 'sneak' photo of them, they caught him and said that he had to pay by being in THEIR photos.. So here is one of them all around Freddy, he's the guy on the left with two ladies kissing his head !!
While in Maine, we caught up with the daughter of the now deceased owner of the Seal Cove Auto Museum, she invited us for a short boat ride on Sunday night, we went around and looked into a lot of hidden coves and saw homes from the water side/perspective.. I think I'm as poor as a church mouse !! what mansions and views.. I'm definitely 'small potatoes' compared to these people.
Then we headed south back to Newburyport, for one night, then Tuesday headed back west. We got a late start, and the traffic and roads in Mass were terrible, I don't think there is ONE smooth bridge in all of Mass. The truck and trailer took a beating on the transition and on the bridges. Sheesh, we've only been making interstates for ?? 55 years? You'd think they knew HOW to make them smooth by now !! ??
Tuesday night, we spent at Freetown Fred's, when he describes his place as 'up on the Hill', he ain't kidding !! What a view, and what a place. Comfortably rustic, with of course his big Hitzer in the livingroom.. I could almost 'feel' leftover radiant heat from last January coming from it ! We had a good meal at one of the local diners, and had a nice snooze that night..
In the morning, we have Ricoman, and Fastcat show up for coffee, and of course talk. I was still working on some missing or rough running in the Pierce, so Ricoman went with me for a few 'test drives' to see if the spare coil, or the new points, or the new condenser made any difference.
Fastcat and I compared notes on engine type, performance and development, he's a past and current drag-racer. My Pierce is a turtle in comparison.
Next, Fred got his proper head-gear on, and we went down the road and up and down the HILLS.. did I mention the HILLS ?? Gheesh, with 3" of snow, nobody would be going anywhere on those roads and hills without chains !!
We stopped and visited with a neighbor, and we took this photo:
We left FFred's place around noon, went north to Seneca Falls where we visited with some Pierce Arrow friends, and then off to Erie for a night in a Red Roof Inn, they take pets for no fee. !!
Thursday morning another 2 hours of driving to Chagrin Falls OH, visited and spent the night with another Pierce Arrow owning friend. Had a wonderful dinner at a 'hunt club'. Incredible setting, log cabin/restaurant, surrounded by trout ponds and streams, waterfalls, and woods.. really neat place.
Friday morning headed back to reality: home to the farm, with a 3 foot stack of mail to go through, the truck and trailer to unload. etc.
LOKI is very happy, he likes being home.
Left on the 2nd, returned on the 25th. That's a long time to be away. The farm survived, but my Mom, who is staying in her apartment here says that THREE ground hogs and a raccoon have moved in.. well I've go the rifles at each window and the screens removed.. but no varmints yet.
Take care, have a great weekend..
BTW: I KNOW that there are several other Forum members who I should/wanted to/ maybe could have visited, but we were putting in 14-16 hour days as it was.. just no time to see everyone or everything.. Hell, I didn't even go to the Handfired Stove Mecca: The stove hospital, or any of the other places !! Maybe next time.