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23 Apr 2009 18:21 #13306 by DJT
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Instead of the cover... I say use the photo as the Center Piece in a future newsletter.

Also... think someone has a smudge on their lens, or.... there's a gas problem with the rabbit and the cord is a lil heated in the picture.

I've enjoyed your trip thus far... can't wait to see the next entry!

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24 Apr 2009 03:16 #13311 by jhcarlady
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Day 14, Thursday, April 23, 2009

Today, we drove from Prescott, AZ to Needles, CA. The ride out of Prescott on 89, north to Ash Fork was nice, but not near as breath taking as the route we took south (89A) to Prescott. We decided to drive the historic route 66 wherever we could today.
Lunch today was at Seligman, AZ at a noted ?66 diner? . There were lots of motorcycles out front, and ambiance all over, ?outhouses? , ?Cars? characters?, a garden, and signage covering every square inch of the building. Several gift shops lined the street. There was a fellow there, who told us he was famous, he painted the pin stripping on Harrah?s cars. We had lots of inquiries about our car.

After lunch we continue on Route 66 to Kingman, Oatman, Golden Shores, and Needles. It got progressively warmer as the day wore on. The car ran nice and cool, unlike the occupants who just roosted. The scenery was terrific, especially the route between Kingman and Needles. Motorcycles were everywhere. This is the beginning of bike week. What a great way to travel the trail like roads and hairpin curves. When we got to Oatman, the donkeys or mules were everywhere and the town was lined up thick with bikers and their bikes. What a site to behold!

We took lots of pictures of our travels today. Our hotel room tonight was $128 ? their last available room was a suite. The waitress at our restaurant tonight told us the temperature got up to 97 degrees today?down from yesterday?s 100+. Mike thought he would be bored during the trip between our stops for the night and bed time. No such luck! By the time he checks his car over and I make my posts, there?s no time to watch TV or the like.

Our Garmin has been great?It tells us where the gas stations, restaurants, and hotels are, as well as, directions for the day. It?s wonderful when you come to a strange town and don?t know your way around. Sometimes we just keep her on maps so we can see the road names as they come up. Other times we just punch in the address and away we go.

4/22/2009

4/23/2009 8.243 1.969 $ 16.23 Prescott, AZ
7.071 2.399 $ 16.96 Siligman, AZ
5.253 2.059 $ 10.82 Kingman, AZ
$ 44.01

McDonalds $ 6.27 Prescott

Seligman $ 13.78
Seligman, water $ 1.29
Juicy's/Needles $ 17.31
ice cream/Kingman $1.82
Flagstaff, AZ Days Inn 77.31
Prescott Comfort INN 83.65







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24 Apr 2009 03:21 #13312 by jhcarlady
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Somehow I messed up with my counting days...so I just added 2nd 14 to correct it. Must have been the meds! Mike isn't going to have to buy any more gas...the gauge is stuck on half full. It's not something we need to fix on this trip. He can fix the sending unit when he gets home. We just time our gas stops anyway.

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25 Apr 2009 05:28 #13319 by jhcarlady
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Day 15, Friday, April 24, 2009

Before we started out this morning Mike changed the oil in the Cord. He went to the NAPA dealer, where they told him there was only one place in town that accepted used oil. He drove there and they let him change the oil in their lot, then dump it. Normally they only accept it in closed containers, a maximum of 5 gallons per customer per day, however they let him dump his oil, because they could watch what he was dumping. He has changed oil twice this trip about every 1300 miles. He has completely lubed the car
once so far at 2400 miles (Prescott) and has lubed the CV?s 3 times.

Today, we drove on Historic Route 66 from Needles, CA to Barstow. At Barstow, we got on 58 and drove NW to Bakersfield, CA. When we started this morning it was hot (about 97) and the top was down. There were motorcycles everywhere; bike week, and they were out in droves. The desert drive was hot and remote; barely saw another person other than smatterings of bikers. The section of Route 66 between Amboy and Ludlow was filled with volcanic craters and old lava flows. We stopped in Newberry Springs, at the Bagdad Caf? for an hour and a half lunch. The owner there is quite a character. She was writing a book and screenplay about her life at the Bagdad Caf?. Her son is an actor in Hollywood. She told us that 75% of her business is from buses with people from France, 20% is other buses, and only about 5% is from people following Route 66. Mike talked to a regular customer there about moving houses, trailers, fishing and carpentry. The cook there said he used to work at Harrah?s and bought the place when it went up for auction.

Today was a day of contrasts. The gas prices jumped to 2.999 at Needles, CA. They have gone down again; at Baron, CA gas prices were back down to 2.299 per gallon. Oops, got to buy gas again?.the gas gauge is working again! In the desert it was very hot, but the wind was blowing so hard we had to roll the windows up to keep our hats on. By the time we got to Baron, CA (around 3:30PM); it was so cold, that we got our coats on to keep warm. The traffic on Route 66 was nil, we hardly saw a car in ten miles, however when we got on 58 out of Barstow, what a different story. The road was grooved and the bias tires of the car would try to follow the grooves, then a semi would go by, (it was two way traffic part of the way) so the semis coming form the other way would really give us a whack) Mike was fighting to keep the car going in the right direction the entire way from Barstow to 223 (Keene, CA).

The first part of 58 was mainly desert. Up in the mountains around Mojave, CA was thousands of windmills placed row after row along the mountaintops for miles. The sunlight on the mountains was beautiful. When we passed over the steep grade toward Arvin, the valley below was a gorgeous; green and lush, full of grape vines, and almond trees, followed by tomatoes and pepper plants.

We had supper in Arvin, CA, and then set the Garvin to find a hotel. The first one we were led to was not acceptable, so was the second. Finally, we were lead into Bakersfield, and settled on a Holiday Inn. There is a car show in town, so we got one of the few rooms left, just before dark.

Gas expenses
7.406 2.999 $ 22.21 Needles, CA
3.687 3.499 $ 12.90 Essex, CA
6.22 2.699 $ 16.79 Ludlow, CA
7.263 2.299 $ 16.70 Baron, CA
5.122 2.459 $ 12.59 Tehachapi, CA

Food expenses
Bagdad Caf? Newberry Springs $ 23.04
LasFuentes Arvin, CA $ 27.93


Needles changed oil $26.47

Day's Inn/ Needles $123.74






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25 Apr 2009 06:43 #13320 by jhcarlady
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thanks for the tip ... Yes smudge was on camera lens, hopefully additional pictures will be corrected.

for those that are interested, so far we have: $516.68 total gas expense,

$379.00 total food expense, and $1156.93 total hotel expense - tonight's.

We have spent $73.06 for oil changes

and $71.21 for souvenirs

total $2,196.88

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27 Apr 2009 02:31 #13331 by jhcarlady
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Day 16, Saturday, April 26, 2009

Today we drove from Bakersfield to Pismo Beach. It was a beautiful drive over the mountain, through the valley, and over the mountains again toward the ocean. The mountains through here are fairly green and rolling; the valley was full of crop farming.

We left Bakersfield and drove SW toward Mariposa. As soon as were out of Bakersfield, it seemed like a different place, country. We drove by the largest dairy farm I have ever seen this morning. There was a cluster of at least fifty, large open-sided barns with fans to keep the cattle cool; they were surrounded by feeding pens with thousands of dairy cows. They were harvesting their alfalfa in the fields in the surrounding area. This was located on our route before Mariposa. I forgot to get my camera out, I was too busy looking.

The first mountain was rather steep, however not as bad at the one at Jerome, AZ. The weather turned sharply colder. We stopped and got our coats on and were still chilly.
The car drove great, cool as usual.

As we came down to the valley between the mountains it was beautiful, full of crop farming. There were fruit and nut trees, strawberries, grapes, onions, and lettuce, etc. There was a huge orchard, with paved roads running through the different fields. Oh!, and there were fields of oil wells?nothing like growing fruit on top and harvesting oil underneath.

The second series of mountains toward the coastline was not as steep as the first. We pulled to the side as often as we could to let traffic by. There are a couple of photos taken at the pull outs.

We drove out of the mountains and arrived at highway 101, and stopped for lunch.
After lunch, the Garmin lead us to Henry Portz?s home in Arroyo Grande, CA. Henry invited us in and we talked for a little while, then one of his neighbors walked over. We went outside and talked to him about the car, then went to the neighbors and looked at his plane restoration projects. After a while, we went back to Henry?s and checked out his Cord restoration project. Around 6 PM, Henry lead us to Pismo Beach where he had made arrangements for us to stay in a suite at the Edgewater Inn. Our room is beautiful, overlooking the ocean, and huge, like an apartment. Wow!

We walked down the street for supper last night after covering the car in the carport included with the room. Supper was at Splash; delicious!
Gas expense
4/25/2009 4.745 2.399 $ 11.38 Bakersfield, CA
3.484 2.799 $ 9.75 Maricopa, CA
Food expense
Splash Caf? Pismo Beach $ 25.83
Rancho Nipomo BBQ & deli/Nipomo, CA $ 10.28
A&A Express Maricopa, CA $ 4.38

Last nights hotel
Holiday Inn Express 110.88









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