Note from Gold Digger:
The trip is complete, so this will be more of a "come look and see what we did" thread. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.
Well, boys and girls, it's time to let you know what I, the ever famous G.O.B., and the wife are up to.
As I mentioned a while back, we are taking Clare to Arizona for a homecoming of sorts. We are taking her back to show her to the man who originally started this project oh so long ago. And we'll be stopping by NICO HQ so we can meet Greg and Becky face to face and I can shake his hand for those things he did for me in getting my car purchase all squared away.
While on this journey, my wife will be keeping a journal of the trip with pictures here and there. I'll try to keep updating daily, but hey, a man who drives all day is a tired man. Tired and grouchy don't work together so well. But, I'll try. that's the best I can give ya.
While it is Monday evening now, the journal entry is from Sunday.
Be sure to read the note from me at the bottom after the journal entry.
Now, without further adieu, I present to you the writings of my wife of 36 years, Sherri.Sunday, April 15th
On the road againā¦..and this time weāre riding in style with Clare! After a run to Thorntonās (one of our local gas stations) to top off the tank and get ice for the cooler, a stop back by the house to get my cell phone( that I forgot), along with a final potty stop for Brandie (our black lab) and myself, we hit the road at 4:35a.m.
We are on our way to Surprise, Arizona, which is outside of Phoenix, to see Greg and Becky Childs. Greg is the friend of our son, Neal, who was good enough to take time out of his day to not only go look the car over for us, he also bought her for us and stored her at his place until we could arrange transportation. So, Clare is on her way home for a visit and so Greg can see Clare in all her restored glory. We also will try to meet up with Sam Stein ā the one who originally started her rebuild. Canāt wait to see their reaction to her.
After our visit with Greg and Sam, we are going to amble our way back home via Route 66. Old car, old folks, old dog, traveling down the old Mother Road. I think it will be fun and interesting. We also plan to hit up some āDiners, Drive-ins, and Divesā along the way for some good grub.
We will need to keep our eyes open, as we are driving through a very large and strong storm system that stretches from Texas north into Minnesota and Wisconsin. The weather center is calling for high winds, heavy rains, hail and of course the possibility of tornados. We are hoping to get past the worst of it instead of being right smack dab in the middle.
Well, itās 8:00a.m., and we are stuck. Can you believe it?
We pulled off I55 at exit 33 to give Brandie a quick walk and when we got to the bottom of the off-ramp the car was no longer running. We have power but when we try to start her up again all it does is crank, no start. We think it may be the fuel pump since we arenāt hearing it hum.
So, after a call to Brian (Auto Restorations in Galesburg) and Rick (Rockin Rick from Crossed Flaggs Restorations in Missouri), Mark checks fuses then crawls underneath to check the wiring to no avail. Now a call to AAA for a tow.
While Mark is on the phone arranging a tow, a car pulls up behind us. Itās Mary Delores Pogue.
She was on her way to her church when she saw us and came to offer help, invite us to her church for Sunday services and to offer a prayer for speedy repairs and our safe travels. She also wanted to let us know that her church would help with a motel, gas, even put a little towards repairs if we needed it. Thank you Lord for bringing her to us . Church Ladies Rock!
9:20a.m. and the tow truck is here. He has suggested a hotel he knows allows pets and recommended a repair shop to take Clare to. He says the place is where he always goes, so we will go with that. I just wish it wasnāt Sunday so we wouldnāt have to wait until Monday. Now we pray that come morning the shop wonāt be super busy so they can get to Clare quickly and it will be easy to find and fix the problem. Thanks to Craig from Cross Auto Body and Towing for his prompt arrival and recommendations. He was a big help.
We are in Hamel, IL at the Innkeeper Motel and Restaurant. Itās old and well-worn, and we even have a small body of water outside our door. However, the motel is old enough we actually have a key on a fob, not a key card. Then again, our room sports a wall mounted flat-screen T.V.
We went up the hill to the Innkeeper Restaurant for a late breakfast. We also had to check out what Craig had told us about the restaurant closing early on Sundays. Breakfast was yummy, but they are only open until 2:00p.m. So, after a check with the motelās front desk, who told us we are out of range for any other restaurants that deliver we will have to be sure we get back up the hill for something for later. Fortunately the room also comes with a small (not tiny) fridge and a microwave. Either that or we walk about a mile to another restaurant. I donāt think so! LOL.
I guess the way to look at this delay is that this is the Lordās way of keeping us off the road and out of harmās way. The weather here as been ok but windy. We saw on T.V. that Missouri and Iowa have both had damaging tornados, so I am thankful we are somewhere safe. (Mark says the Lord is trying to teach him patienceā¦..I can only hope.)
Note of Special Interest: Where we broke down was only 3 miles away from the āPink Elephant Antique Mallā. I noticed it as we went by on I55. Itās an old brick building with several large statues around it, including a pink elephant and even Paul Bunyan (sans his axe and Babe).
Itās now 9:45p.m. The weather has been ok, just a bit of rain and a couple rumbles of thunder. Mark is already snoozing while he waits for me to finish this, the dog has been running in her dreams and I am ready to call it a night myself.
Good night and letās hope for a better day tomorrow.
Just to let you all know, Clare was repaired earlier this morning. Big thanks to LRE Automotive in Edwardsville, IL. for getting her in and repaired in under an hour, as well as delivering her to the motel we stayed at last night...and for the coozy!!! I love me some coozies!!!http://www.lreautomotive.com/
Again, THANK YOU!!!
More on the diagnosis and repairs later, I hope!!!