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11 May 2009 00:09 #13451 by acdclubadmin
acdclubadmin replied the topic: Day 26, Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Posted for Joan Huffman

Day 26, Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Today we drove from Tuba City, AZ to Grants, NM. The majority of the day, we were in remote, Indian Reservations. It was a beautiful drive, much more interesting than I thought it might be. There were quite a few changes in landscape, the pavement was good, the temperature was comfortable, and there wasn?t much traffic. We really had to watch for bathroom and gas stops; but there were a few interesting stops.

There were jewelry, craft, and pottery shops scattered along the way. At one of them Mike talked to the artist, while I picked out a necklace. Another stop was the historic Hubbell trading post (Museum, arts and crafts store now). We stopped and had lunch at the border, and then drove a mile north of town to Window Rock. It is a gorgeous natural landmark; however they wrecked it, by putting up a bunch of office buildings close to it. We were able to line up a few photo shots without all the buildings and parking lot in them, but the most beautiful angles were destroyed.

We continued to 40, and the remainder of the day, we traveled on 40; no more photo opportunities, lots more traffic. We had another time change, so we lost an hour. Mike and I are both fighting a cold, so we were glad to stop for the day. Mike is doing the laundry tonight. He has done this chore throughout this trip.






I got behind on tallying the expenses for the trip

So far Gas expense is $929.19
food expense is $751.63
Hotel expense is $2119.35
and Misc. is $291.32

Gas mileage is approximately 11.8 : We have traveled approximate 4784 miles and used 408 G of fuel.
Joan

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11 May 2009 00:20 #13452 by acdclubadmin
acdclubadmin replied the topic: Day 27, Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Posted for Joan Huffman

Day 27, Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Today, we drove 40 from Grants, NM to 14 (Tijeras, NM) to 25 (Sante Fe) NM to Raton, NM. I was a warm day right from the start, not a cloud in the sky. I have a lousy cold or sinus infection, and felt miserable all day.

There were volcanic tunnels as we left Grants, NM. Traffic was heavy on the interstate. We did not stop to take pictures. Hwy 14 N to Sante Fe is also known as the Turquoise Trail; it was a very scenic route. We could see a snow capped mountain in a distance. Highway 25 is known as the historic Sante Fe Trail. It was full of curves and a couple of short steep climbs. We drove around 310 miles today; and would have loved to have stopped about and hour earlier, but there was no hotels. We were hot, thirsty, and tired, so that last hour seemed to drag. Raton is at an elevation of 5000 feet, and as we leave tomorrow to go north there is a steep climb to 9500 feet in 12 miles. (It didn?t show on the map).

Mike lubed the Cord tonight. He could actually work on it without a group of by standers. Tomorrow we cross into Colorado. If we have time we will have the spare tire trued in Denver. I think we should be at Lori?s (our daughter in FT Collins, CO) sometime Friday.

As of yesterday, we used 405.2 G of gas

Total Cost of 929.19

Food expenses total 751.63

Hotel Expenses total 2119.35

Misc. expenses 291.32

Total expense after 26 days $4091.59

Miles according to odometer totals 4784

Gas milage = 11.81235

Keep in mind that a lot of this has been on steep climbs.



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11 May 2009 00:27 #13453 by acdclubadmin
acdclubadmin replied the topic: Day 28, Thursday, May 8, 2009
[i:2yvnb1kv]Posted for[/i:2yvnb1kv][i:2yvnb1kv] Joan Huffman[/i:2yvnb1kv]

Day 28, Thursday, May 8, 2009

We drove north up highway 25 to Ft. Collins today. Our plan is to stay here until Monday, then head east toward home. There is not much to tell about today. Highway traffic was nasty, especially around Denver. We stopped at Woody?s Wheels, however he was unable to true Mike?s spare. It takes specialized equipment that he did not have. We took our daughter Lori, and her boyfriend out to dinner. I?m still not feeling well.Weather is great! We didn?t take any pictures although the snow covered mountains ran to the west of us the entire distance today.

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11 May 2009 00:29 #13454 by acdclubadmin
acdclubadmin replied the topic: Day 29, Friday, May 08, 2009
[i:1lfrkxw4]Posted for Joan Huffman[/i:1lfrkxw4]

Day 29, Friday, May 08, 2009

We are at Fort Collins, CO. today. It was so nice to be able to relax and not have to worry about packing up and getting on the road before the sun got too hot and the traffic too heavy.

Mike got up and cleaned his car. He has it parked in back of the hotel where he could work without an audience. I guess my pills are starting to kick in, I?m feeling much better today.

We are going to lunch today with the President of the VMCCA and his wife, Dennis & Sue Holland. They live here in Fort Collins and we know them from a few of the tours we have been on with them.

I?ve had some time to look at the remainder of our itinerary and figure we will be back in Auburn on Friday afternoon, May 15th.

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11 May 2009 00:31 #13455 by acdclubadmin
acdclubadmin replied the topic: Day 30, Saturday, May 9, 2009
[i:1fvv3cib]Posted for Joan Huffman[/i:1fvv3cib]

Day 30, Saturday, May 9, 2009

Our plans for the remainder of the trip are as follows:

Leave Fort Collins, Sunday, May 10 ? destination Cambridge, NE

Monday, May 11 leave Cambridge, NE ? destination Red Oak, IA

Tuesday, May 12 leave Red Oak, IA ? destination Burlington, IA

Wednesday, May 13 leave Burlington, IA ? destination east of Kankakee, IL

Thursday, May 14 hope to be at Warsaw, IN to visit Mike?s Mom.

Friday, May 15 Plan to arrive at Auburn (ACD Museum) around noon

We have made plans with Jonathan Richards to meet them for supper in Red Oak on Monday night. He is making plans with other Iowa members to meet us for a lunch stop Tuesday in route to Burlington, IA., and another stop at Peoria, IL. We have decided that we will probably go directly from Auburn to the Eastern meet.

Today, we are spending some time with our daughter. She cooked for us last night. We are driving to see her work place in Longmont, CO. then we will tour Celestial Seasonings in Boulder. We have decided not to go to Estes National Park, because we plan to be back in July on a Pike?s Peak tour with the VMCCA. We plan to give both her and her boyfriend rides in the car today. Since the rumble seat is out they will have to take turns. He has to work today so his will be a later ride.

One of the interesting things about this part of CO is you always know which way is West; the mountains don?t leave any question. There are swift weather changes because of the mountains. The weather has been very pleasant, not hot, but the sun is shining and we don?t need more than a sweater or long sleeved shirt. It has looked like rain was on the way, but it didn?t rain.

Mike did the wash this morning, and is cleaning his car again.

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14 May 2009 15:31 #13486 by acdclubadmin
acdclubadmin replied the topic: Day 32, Monday, May 11, 2009
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Day 32, Monday, May 11, 2009

We left this morning from Holdrege, NE. It?s been a great day! The sun was shining and the road was nice and smooth, without much traffic. We passed many large farms, lots of John Deere dealerships, and huge grain coops. There was a grand old toll bridge near Plattsmouth, NE and the border of Iowa. We continued east to Red Oak.

Jonathon (Jack) Richards made plans for a group of Cord enthusiasts (Jay De Young, Shawn De Bruin, Kay Fox, her daughter ? Deb Brass, and her grandson Zack, Jack and his wife, Jackie Richards) to meet us at our hotel for an ?L29 summit? meeting. We all sat and kicked tires, etc., had a nice dinner at the local restaurant, and rejoined back at the hotel and continued our summit. Jack shared pictures from his long association with the old car hobby and pictures of the L29 Cord his dad owned in 1933.

What a nice gesture for them to drive for 3 ? and 4 hours to meet with us! Thank you! A very special thank you to Jack for planning this and getting everything coordinated, and his suggestions for routing and things to see along the way. Tomorrow, Jay De Young and Shawn De Bruin will accompany us for part of our journey.





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