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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Tour Charity

I am very happy to report that our Tour raised $4064 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This shows, once again the generosity, style and flair of the New Beetle community. Not only for a lot of fun and lasting memories, but for a great cause too. Thanks!

Friday, July 13, 2007

At The McCutcheon's

This was a night at the McCutheons. The school in the background is the oldest continuously run single room school house in California and where both our daughters went to school.

I am starting to get back to normal, but have experienced a little bit of depression because I can not get out on the road. Being home is great, but being out and about with my NB friends is pretty special too.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

The End, at least for me

Well, last night I said good-bye to my great tour friends. It was very sad for me to realize that my adventure was now over - although it was great to be back home after 6,328 miles of fun. To catch you up, here are a few pictures from Day 18 - Williams, AZ to Victorville, CA.

The Rusty Bolt in Seligman, AZ. A fun town and we got to talk with the barber that has been the spokesman for Route 66 and is responisible for its re-juvination.

This is the old gas station at Hackenberry, AZ. Just too much stuff to take in.

This is a reproduction gas station on Sitgreaves Pass in CA. This part of the road was very narrow and curvy and went way up the mountain and then down again - the best part of the Route 66 for us driver people. If you remember the Long, Long Trailer movie it is where Lucy put rocks in the trailer and they had a scarry drive over the summit. It was over 115 degrees when this picture was taken- very, very hot.

Here are a few pictures form the last day from Victorville, CA to Santa Monica, CA. We were joined by Sue Cowling from the So Cal New Beetle club on Foothill Blvd and Luke Hall came down from Ojai, CA to help us enjoy the trip from Santa Monica up the coast to Santa Barbara, CA.

The Wigwam Hotel on Foothill Blvd in San Bernadino, CA. This is the sister hotel with the one in Holbrook, AZ.

Lunch stop at the Classic Car Restaraunt in Glendora, CA.

The end of Route 66 at Santa Monica, CA. The "Easterners" got their first look at the Pacific Ocean.

Now we are officially done with the Route 66 portion, but some stayed an extra day to see CA.

We drove North up HWY 1 along the beach to the Hearst Castle.

Bugs along the Pacific Ocean, near San Simieon, CA.

We all enjoyed a great dinner at Richard Grasick's house in Lompoc, CA (they joined us in Roswell). A great way to wind down and say our good-byes.

Some of our group are now going back accross country to home and I hope they have a great, and safe, trip. Give me a couple of days to collect my thoughts and I'll post my version of what happened. I now have to write a couple of articles for some magazines and I'll keep you posted if they are published. If you have time go through all the pictures from everyone, you can see a lot of the fun. It was amazing and even better than I every imagined and completing this dream with my New Beetle friends has just blew me away. And we have unofficially raised several thousand dollars for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (I'll post the end result once Motel 6 and I get together.) We can all be proud to be a part of our New Beetle group.

Friday, July 6, 2007

1 extra post.....

It looks like Jerry ran out of clothes too.....

Thursday, July 5, 2007

DAY 18

I guess this was a really hot day...120 Earl thought. It melted some wires and hoses on Earl's car....or maybe they just said..... I'm done! Luckily he had packed extra spark plugs etc. room for clothes but he made room for car parts....

They made it to Seligman, which I have been to. It has fun photo ops everywhere.

...and cool looking Hackberry and then they took the "long long trailer" hill to Oatman. Which is not easy for people in states with no hills to drive.....They probably just kept thinking..... "Lucy and Ricky did it..."

He called on his way to Barstow and they will stay in Victorville tonight. It should cool down some. Hope nothing else melts....
Mike and Luke took off this morning for home. Mike sent me some pic I will post for you. This is one of the parade shots....

I guess they had to stop the fireworks because of a brush fire.
This is the group at the Grand Canyon.......they shouldn't stand so close to that EDGE! ...look away Syd....

So tomorrow maybe Earl will post. I have to go mow the lawn....

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

DAY 17

Well Earl thought he sent photos but I don't see them. He reported that most people went to see the big hole in the ground. I figure for Luke that is kinda a busman's holiday....The Grand Canyon is always so awesome to see...and not in the surfer dude way.... I remember the first time I saw it I wondered what the first people who stumbled upon it thought...after they got over the fact is was going to be hell to get around it....Now that have that invisible bridge thing....I am curious what people think.....I am barely able to look over the edge as it is...I doubt I could step on that thing.

Earl reported there was a fun little local parade. Everyone brought out their tractors and I think he said there were dancing grannies in the parade sorry I did not get that pic for ya.

The fireworks were to start at 9:30. Then to bed to take the next to last leg of Route 66.

Warning...don't get too near Earl he has run out of clean clothes...He said he keeps buying new T-shirts.....That will help.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

DAY 16

The group hit Williams, AZ at the base of the Grand Canyon about 6PM. They stopped at the Hotel El Rancho where the theme was old Western movie stars, on the way.
Here in Gallop, NM they filmed lots of Westerns. I hope they watched the cliffs for ambushers.

They stopped at the Jack Rabbit Trading Post where Lisa tried Bunny riding...she is working her way up to Bull riding....
And here is Stephanie..."standin' on the corner in Winslow Arizona" .....
...and such a fine sight to see....