Driving Auburn Speedster to Durango 2015

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11 Aug 2015 01:33 #30019 by jhcarlady
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We left this morning at 8 AM, 8-10-2015. It had rained and was very overcast, sort of misting rain. We did not put the top up. The sprinkling ceased a short time later. Although the sky continued to threaten rain throughout the morning it did not rain enough to warrant the top going up.
We traveled the Blue Star Highway south along Lake Michigan. Most of the time the Lake was out of sight, but we stopped near St Joseph, Mi and took a photo. Along the West Michigan shoreline there are many blueberry fields, Art and Antique Galleries, Sand Dunes and tree llined roadways.

We continued along the Indiana lakeshore and then Southwest through Ill. through miles and miles of corn and soybean fields. There were huge grain elevators and silos, enormous tractors and farm equipment - mainly green There were power plants and microwave towers especially along the Illinois River, and we traveled through small towns with Court house squares. Each had Dollar Stores and Subways.

We took a picture of a unique mailbox, a car on the roof, and a grain elevator near the Ill. state line. We passed a couple of long trains.

By afternoon the temperature had risen to the upper 80's and the rain clouds had disappeared.






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12 Aug 2015 01:55 #30033 by jhcarlady
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Today we started a little late. I thought we were going to spend the day on 136 however our Garmin "Sophie" had other ideas and brought us south to 36 which was a busier, faster route. After crossing all of Missouri and crossing the Kansas line we decided to go against "Sophies" wishes. We turned her off navigation and are using her as a speedometer / map. I'm back to navigating with maps.

Today was another hot day. We roasted in the sun, sitting through highway construction and road closures. As we neared the IL / MO line the terrain became more hilly. There were less corn and bean fields and more hay fields and cattle farms. There were also more ponds and watering holes.

We drove by a motorcycle (Indian) mailbox and a cement truck on a pole. There were huge grain elevators. The one I counted 38 silos doubled (76) (we could not fit them all in the picture) and there was another one down the road a mile with another 20 silos. They grow big beef cattle around here. When they used to say "Where's the beef, now we know!"










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12 Aug 2015 04:14 #30034 by landmark
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Hello Mike,

you have a PM from me in your "Postbox".


Cheers

Matt

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ist selten ganz besonders gut

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13 Aug 2015 02:21 #30053 by jhcarlady
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In the breakfast area this morning I overheard several people talking about our car. There were wondering what was under that car cover, betting it had an alarm rigged to it. We left Holton, KS this morning at 7:30 AM. Just a short distance down the road was a herd of cattle, several of them Longhorns. Unfortunately, I thought we would see more, so we were miles down the road without a picture of them. We traveled quiet country roads, many without a car in site. The countryside was mainly rolling hills with spotted tree filled gullies. There were large farms with mainly pastureland and hayfields.

We crossed the Tuttle Creek Lake Bridge. To the left it looked like a huge river, but to the right it looked like a lush green flood plain. There is lots of large grain
silos but none as large as the one we saw yesterday. Large groups (50 or more) of train cars are parked on rails. We passed a few greyhound farms, and the Greyhound Assoc. There were practice tracks and multiple long narrow fenced pens for the dogs.

There were lots of implement dealerships, red, green and blue. We saw a truck carrying a huge combine with no wheels. Mike asked a trucker about it and he was told the wheels are trucked separately because they weigh 12000 pounds for 4 tires and the spacers,

We stopped early today, around 3:30 P.M. The Comfort Inn where we are staying serves complimentary Spaghetti Dinners to guest. It’s windy tonight. The cover blew off the car.

We are having lots of people looking at the car and asking about it. Most have never seen or heard of Auburn.

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13 Aug 2015 23:36 #30060 by jhcarlady
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Today started out hazey and cooler which was a real blessing because I am getting fried. Even with sunscreen these 90 degree days have been building up the sun damage. I was considering looking for a burka.

We passed several feed lots and large elevators again today. We had to stop and ask some of the locals about the irrigation and how it works. It’s rationed to the different farms in this area. The various farmers are allotted so much, if they don’t use it within 48 hours it has to be returned. Most of the farms have large pipes and the irrigation drains down a slope (gravity fed) A few have the large circular irrigation lines that are fed from a reservoir.



Off the highway we were traveling were mainly gravel roads. Semis and large equipment traveled the gravel roads servicing the farms. We drove by a grain elevator where they had a bunch of semis unloading wheat. The wheat was unloaded into a large pile. Apparently they don’t have to put it inside.



We passed this elevator with a railcar loading system that looked unique to us.



There were several areas along the roadside where sunflowers seemed to grow
wild.



The countryside is becoming more and more desolate. We were traveling the Sante Fe trail route 50 Colorado. After lunch we continued on route 10 through some very remote area. There were only a handful of homes in the 82 miles we traveled to Wasenburg, CO. Toward the end there were some windmills and more microwave towers. In a distance are the mountains. We stopped early tonight, because we want to tackle the mountains in the morning.


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14 Aug 2015 22:25 #30064 by jhcarlady
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Today we left by 7:30. It was cool and we needed our windbreakers. The car ran beautifully and the scenery through the mountains was spectacular. This first photo is our car with the mountains in a distance.



For the first hour we were mostly alone on the highway. It was a slow gradually slope upward. Much of the area was tree covered National forest. There were occasional farms and pastureland, some even had irrigation.





We began the climb at about 4600 feet elevation. This rose to about 9400 feet then leveled out at about 8400 feet. Once we got to South Fort our elevation rose again; when we passed through Wolf Creek Pass, this is what the Garmin showed as our elevation. Mike drove through the mountains with no trouble. Going down he held the shift lever in 2nd gear.



This is in the area of the San Juan National Forest.



More pictures of the car with the very scenic mountains





Here’s a photo of our very bug covered car after about 1500 miles without a wash job.. They have a hard time escaping the Auburn,,,,



Just another beautiful view.



We loved this gateway. We thought it must be fiberglass.



Our turn for our hotel was by Chimney Rock. We reached our hotel by 2PM. I am doing laundry while Mike is changing the oil on his car and possible washing it. We are early for the meet, and tomorrow will be a free day. We are staying at the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, CO. After I’m done with my laundry, I’m going to see if I have any luck!


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