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22 Mar 2009 00:16 #12994 by hportz
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Joan, That's GREAT! We will get some of the locals together! Henry

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01 Apr 2009 12:41 #13086 by jhcarlady
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Only 8 days left, we?re starting to count down. The trip that we have been planning for more than five years is nearly upon us. I?m sure there are many of you that think we are crazy, asking for trouble, for making this trip and there are others that wish they had the time, resources, and confidence in their vehicle to make it too.
So, the question is why. Why are we going, now, in this economy, alone, and in that old, classic, and fairly expensive automobile?
Why are we going? It?s one of those things on the bucket list. Mike had the pleasure of filming some of the long time members talking for the archives. The most memorable thing most of them talk about and did was a cross country tour. Mike is retired now, so we can take the time.
Why now? This is the 80th anniversary of the L29 Cord. When they were first introduced, there was a cross country trip, from Indiana to Los Angeles, CA and back, to introduce the cars and prove their road worthiness. I guess we want to prove they are still road worthy. We wanted to attend the Texas meet, (Oklahoma this year) on the way, to break up the trip somewhat. We also wanted to leave before all our regular meets and tours start so that we can still go on them. The weather was also a factor. We couldn't?t leave too early or the snow would be a problem and we couldn't?t leave too late or we would miss out on our regular tours. It?s supposed to snow on Monday and we are leaving on Thursday morning. There is also the reason that we are not getting any younger. We want to go on this trip while we are healthy and able.
Why in this economy? Well, it wasn?t this bad when we started planning for the trip. Gas prices have gone down for now. It?s a little scary that the stock market has taken a dump, but if we wait for an economic upturn, we may be waiting a long time.
Why are we going alone? That wasn?t the plan. In fact, it nearly killed the trip. We had several people lined up to go with us for all or part of the way, but for various reasons each has backed out. We are planning to visit several members along the route, so at least we aren?t alone all the way. It would be more fun with a group, but we are bringing our directory along and have our list of parts suppliers, etc. Mike is fairly competent at fixing most things himself and if all else fails, we have our cell phones. I plan to post our trip progress on the website and would love to have your comments. Hey, there?s still time, we would love to have you join us!
Why are you going in that old, classic, and fairly expensive automobile? We regularly have people ask us how we dare drive our car. Where else can you invest, that you can have the enjoyment that you have with cars. Cars were made to drive, not sit around in a museum or someone?s garage. We buy cars we like and we want to enjoy them; for us, enjoying them means driving them. The more we drive them, the more confidence we have in them. The car is insured. I would not want to have to replace it but it is replaceable.
Like I mentioned earlier, it?s the 80th anniversary of the L-29, and this is the year of the L-29 Cord at Auburn. There aren?t very many people that tour with their L-29?s. They are missing many of the comforts that we have gotten used to in modern cars. When we bought the car in 1995, it was not road worthy. Mike spent five years going through all the mechanical parts of the car getting it ready to drive. He has a high speed ring and pinion, which makes our car cruise comfortably at higher speeds. We can travel comfortably at 55 or 60 mph as opposed to 45 mph without high speed gears. We have had nine years of touring experience with this car. He knows every click and clatter and how to fix most. Mike has done a few things to make our car more tour ready. He has taken out the rumble seat so that we actually have a little more room to pack all our stuff, and, of course, he will take tools and parts to fix some things. We are staying off the big highways, so if something breaks we will probably be out in the fields looking for a nice farmer to give assistance. I?ll have my camera and journal ready!

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01 Apr 2009 14:04 #13088 by Josh Malks
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Hi, Mike and Joan. Your trip up Highway 1 will take you right thru Capitola. Let me know when you'll be passing thru this area and I'll fire up the New Cord Front Drive and escort you for a while.

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01 Apr 2009 18:04 #13091 by jhcarlady
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Thanks ! Our tentative plans are to be in Arroyo Grande, late Saturday night (25th), and Sunday (26). Monday (27) we plan to driving up the coast, visiting the Hearst Castle and traveling up to Pebble Beach. We should be near your area through Tuesday morning the 28th. I may be a day off either way, but will keep you posted. Hope that works into your schedule.

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01 Apr 2009 18:48 #13092 by Josh Malks
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Sounds good to me, Joan. Keep 'em rollin'.

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03 Apr 2009 19:16 #13102 by hportz
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Joan & Mike, Your Arroyo Grande plan sounds GREAT! We will see what we can gin up for your visit here. Henry

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