Stopped by the police

Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Breakfast wasnt included this morning, so we set off without. Its better to have a few miles under your belt before eating. We stopped off at the Golden Harvest where we were treated well by the staff and other guests. I guess no one can believe that we are doing what we are. least of all us.
Once again the aim was to make the miles, and as the scenery wasnt all that great, we dont have that much to report. We did travel along a minor road, rather than the freeway, which is much more pleasant, and we can still maintain our 50mph easily. But the roads arent as good as some we have had. The road seems to have been cut across every 20 or so feet, and a join put in, so its constantly bump, bump, bump ...Even some of the freeways are like that. No idea why, other than some road worker went mad.

Scenery is still mixed, with some fields a deep green, and some brown and some all stages between. Trees, too are some in leaf, some bare and some turning, lovely colours everywhere. Went along the Missouri river, which is so WIDE. What its like when it get to the sea, who knows!
Got to Madison, and checked in. Spent some time looking at what we are going to do about going to Chicago then went across the dual carriage way and 2 service roads to get dinner. As we were coming out of the weed infested part next to the road, a cop car pulled up at the lights, switched on his lights and did a u-turn to stop immediately in front of us.
"Good evening folks" he says"
"Good evening" we reply. Oh boy, are we in for it! Stomping through rough bush and about to walk across a busy road.
"Have you seen any deer? We've had a report of one on the road" he replies!
No, and off we went to have dinner.
Chose a enior portion of fish, which was $3 cheaper than a full version, then as we were paying I noticed that if you have a AARP card you get a further 15% discount. However, although she could see that we were easliy eligible for old age cards, we had to produce it to get the discount. Nothing ventured, nothing gained! And we gained nothing.

Mileage 247.

I'm sure you picked up on the point but it was not until we were starting our meal that I suddenly realised that we were the deer.
Thankfully today I made contact with our shipping agents who are going to handle Stanley's exit from US after speaking directly to the warehouse who will be taking the car in who knew nothing about it!Was assured that everybody would be in the know by the time we get to NY - we'll see.
Dropped in at Madison to see Peter and Jane Caldwell who run World Wide Auto Parts and also met with Arthur and Tom.Peter is a fellow Morris Minor (old type 1929/30) owner and introduced to me via Ian Grace from the Vintage Minor Register.
A great thing about stopping off at these rural eateries is that most often the locals are around and it is easy to get talking with them.As Roger said it is easy to make contact when Stanley is parked outside and conversations vary from incredulity about the length and route of our journey to amusement that we should have chosen to do so in such an old car.I've lost  contact with the answer to "why".
So this third of our journey is perhaps not quite so awe-inspiring as the the earlier sections but we were prepared for this and now we enter  the exploration of less natural entities in Chicago and New York.The weather? We still seem to be pushing the bad weather ahead of us.

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Alison on

Good to see you`ve still got your eye out for a bargain Roger, and since you havn`t got much to rant about on this trip you seem to be getting quite poetic!Birthday greetings for tomorrow 5th and will you be in Chicago for this?I`m sure you will celebrate in your own little way, surprise him Martin!Table arrived today, looking good, I`ll have it christened with some sort of blemish by the time you return.The autumn tints are stunning here too.Cheerio

Jesmary on

Hi. My first thoughts when you mentioned Madison was our wonderful Labraniel (spaniel / labrador ) we had in Zimbabwe called 'Madison' So long ago but always remembered (and Whisky too).

sara on

as the offspring of a civil engineer, i feel fully qualified to answer the why does the road feel like it has joins in it. it does- underlying concrete sections to allow for expansion and contraction over summer and winter!! See Dad, I was paying attention!!

Happy birthday for tomorrow Roger.
We'll be out of touch for a week, but will hopefully be allowed to use Richard's web access to follow progress. enjoy Chicago..

bob finley on

hi roger i like readig you blogs here in kenya it makes my day keep them coming have a nice birthday look forward to seeing you when we both in the uk


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