L29 trip to California

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27 Apr 2009 03:46 #13332 by jhcarlady
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Day 17, Sunday, April 26, 2009

Today we drove from our hotel in Pismo Beach back to Arroyo Grande to Henry Portz?s home. It was sunny but cool. The top was down. The rule is: if the sun is out, the top is down.

We visited a while with Henry, and then went to visit the car collection of Hardy Hearn. His collection consists of three Cords and several other cars. All really nice cars! Hardy owns the Edgewater Inn, where we are staying and another where we had brunch. It was great to get to meet with him and his stepson. He had a wonderful Steamboat model, Ferris wheel model and Carousel model as well as his cars. He also has trains the same scale.

Their Cord was equipped with a different water filter; Mike got the address to order one. He also asked Henry if he could see a disassembled transmission.

We left for brunch in Santa Maria at the Santa Maria Inn, where the fare was similar to on a cruise ship?table after table of fresh delicious entr?es. There was a flowing chocolate fountain and chef to cook you omelet or waffle to order; there was a seafood table with mussels, caviar, and crab legs, another table with fresh fruit, Champaign and fresh squeezed orange juice was served?you get the idea?everything was delicious and first class!

After brunch we drove back to Henry?s to visit his garage once more. Mike told everyone last year that he went to Cord rehab?Henry put Mike through the Master?s program. So if anyone wants to know anything about 810-812 Cords, call Henry.

On the way back to the hotel tonight we stopped for gas. We passed a 1909 Buick just before the station and the owner drove in next to us at the station. We had a nice visit with them.

We walked over to Splash for supper. Tomorrow we go north again. We are going to meet with Josh Malks, and have the wheels trued.

Gas expense
5.134 2.379 $ 12.21 Pismo Beach, CA
6.21 2.379 $ 14.77 Pismo Beach, CA

Food expense
Splash Caf? Pismo Beach $ 20.66

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28 Apr 2009 04:08 #13339 by jhcarlady
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Day 18, Monday, April 27, 2009

This morning we packed up our stuff and met Paul and Joan Taylor for brunch in the hotel parking lot. While we were deciding where to go, Hardy Hearn drove into the lot. We thanked him for his hospitality, and he declined our breakfast invitation. We had brunch at Marie Callender?s. It was delicious, and it was great to get to meet and talk to the Taylors.

After leaving the Taylors, we drove up the coast on Highway 1. We decided to skip the Hearst Castle until the way back. It was a beautiful drive although it is not for the faint of heart; it is a narrow, winding road with a few ups and downs, nothing like Jerome, AZ.
The weather was on the chilly side. In fact, I was down right cold until Mike dug my blanket out.

The bluebells were out and the hillsides were beautiful, filled with flowers. The driver was so busy watching the road that it was hard to take in all the beauty that surrounded us. There were many turnouts and we took advantage of them to gather more pictures of the car. Along the way we saw turnouts to view the elephant seals and we finally decided to check it out. At first we were looking in the water trying to spot them; then we noticed some lying on the beach. At first we thought they were dead but then saw one move.
All of the sudden we were spotting them all over the place.

We continued on highway 1 through the Big Sur area, and on to Monterey. We were going to drive out to Pebble Beach; however we weren?t sure that it was worth the toll, $9.50. By now it was time to get a hotel and dinner. We stopped at a Day?s Inn in Monterey and had dinner down the street at Denny?s

6.699 2.499 $ 16.74 Carmel, CA
6.663 3.709 $ 24.71 Ragged Point End, CA

Marie Callenders $ 32.66
Denny's $ 24.63

Day's Inn Monterey $58.91









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28 Apr 2009 15:06 #13341 by Bill Hummel
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How nice! A seal hunt. Who killed most of them? You or Mike?

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29 Apr 2009 02:22 #13346 by DJT
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You should gather the pictures and at one of the dinners during the ACD Festival, do a slide show. Or just have a slide show running at the Auburn Hotel.

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29 Apr 2009 02:38 #13348 by jhcarlady
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Day 19, Tuesday, April 28, 2009

This morning we left Monterey, CA for a 38 mile trip north to Capitola, CA to see Josh Malks and to get Mike?s wheel fixed. (He had a spoke break in OK.)

We drove Highway 1 most of the way there. Josh had his Cord parked in the driveway so it was easy to spot the right house. We drove to his wheel expert, dropped off the wheel and went for lunch at Paradise Beach Grille. While waiting for the restaurant to open, Mike took Josh for a short ride while I walked down to the benches overlooking the Ocean. There were hand painted tiles along the wall near the benches. It was interesting to see so many different tiles each with a different motif about Capitola. Mike and Josh returned and we walked down to the restaurant and were seated overlooking the ocean. Of course, the conversation never swayed much from the topic of cars. Between Henry and Josh?s persuasion, Mike is nearly ready to look for an 812 Cord.

After lunch, we went outside to our cars; in our absence, we had each received a parking ticket. Apparently, the local law enforcers thought we should help finance the local economy, and both Mike and Josh had been so absorbed in their conversation that neither had put any money in the meter. That was a $33 error on both of their parts.

From lunch we drove to J B?s Wire Wheels. The wheel was fixed and he explained why it was continually breaking spokes. (Not heavy enough gauge spokes). He had completely dismounted the tire, replaced the spoke and checked the remaining spokes, remounted the tire, balanced the tire and trued the wheel. We continued to kick tires, so to speak, long after Mike remounted the spare. Thank you Josh, for all the time you spent with us today and for your referral for the wheels.

We returned back to Monterey, returning as we came?on highway 1. We are staying at the same Day?s Inn as last night. Mike decided to rotate the tires, as the front tires are wearing in the center. He had a group of guys supervising as he worked.

With that done, we decided to get some dinner and put some air in the tires. We went about a half block down the street to the gas station, got some air, and some gas and the car wouldn?t start?starter spring broke. The attendants pushed us down the hill, the car started, and Mike drove back to the hotel to make a more permanent fix. Yes, he has a starter spring with him. I walked down the street to the Jack in the Box and brought back supper.

Tomorrow, we plan on going to the Monterey Aquarium, and then driving back on highway 1 to the Hearst Castle.

4.931 2.299 $ 11.34 Santa Cruz, CA
6.968 2.379 $ 16.58 Monterey, CA

Paridise Beach Grille, Capitola $ 39.88
Jack in the Box $ 7.01

Days Inn Monterey 58.91
JB's Wire Wheels $90.00





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29 Apr 2009 02:59 #13350 by Joel
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Wow, you two sure are on a fun sounding adventure! You do a great job of making me feel like I am right there, thanks for the reports.
Road trips sure are a good time, now I want to hit the road too!

So what speed do you maintain on the freeways with the old Cord?

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