R.E. Olds, Auburns, Cords & Duesenbergs

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
Trip End Aug 12, 2013

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

We pulled out of camp at 9:15 into a partly cloudy day with a temperature of 65. We can already tell that the closer to Mt. Juliet we get, the higher the humidity. Maybe we SHOULDN'T come home?? By the way, are we "there" yet?

Our destination was the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, MI via I-69W. The land was flatter here than we have seen in the past few days—there were large, neat fields of corn and soybeans along with large, nicely mown lawns of the houses that we passed along the way.

Arriving at the Museum at 10:15, we discovered a VERY small parking lot—a very small parking lot that was ONE WAY in and narrowed to a VERY dead end! Wow! Not only was the parking lot small, we lucked into the end of a large festival that was in the process of breaking up or we never would have been able to park. Unfortunately, we had driven to the dead end before we realized the predicament we were in and there was a short period of intense emotion as we backed—slowly—out of the situation. Fortunately, the parking lot cleared out fairly quickly and we were able to back into a spot that was perfect for us. By the way ORA’ers (this won’t mean anything to anyone else) we saw a Granger Dumpster there.

Our tour of the museum took a little over an hour. It is advertised as one of the best transportation museums in the country. Not so by our judgment. It was good, and we enjoyed it but the Cole Transportation Museum in Bangor, Maine is MUCH superior to this one…not even in the same category of excellence.

We were back in Mufasa ready to roll southwest once again at 11:35. Well…not exactly. First we had to have a comedy of errors—and seriously test our wedding vows! John had heard a sound in the back of the RV as we drove to Lansing that sounded like glass tapping glass in our sink. I knew I didn’t have anything in the sink so said I would check it out when we parked…which I forgot to do. Oops! We opened the refrigerator to get something out and were horrified to discover EXACTLY what that tinkling noise was! Yikes! I had prepared John’s cup of iced coffee that we like to have for breakfast and put it in the refrigerator to wait until he finished getting ready so it would be nice and cold for his meal (forgot to give it to him). Bad move on my part apparently. You got it—the cup had turned over and what looked like a gallon of iced coffee was dripping around in the fridge. Wow. I now have an addition to the saying I used when our girls were small—not only do blood and vomit cover everything within reach, so does iced coffee when tossed around the inside of a refrigerator as it goes down the interstate on a bumpy road for thirty miles or so. Just saying.

An hour later we had taken everything OUT of the fridge, washed and dried each item, washed and dried the inside of the refrigerator, and put everything back in. I am sure at least our children will be glad to know that we have indeed decided to try once again to make it to our 50th anniversary in January. It was pretty iffy there for a while.

From Lansing we once again headed out on I-69S, stopping for lunch at 1:15. I would like to confess here that we were at McDonald’s once again. I REALLY like the chocolate chip frappes!

Back on the road at 1:45 we drove to Auburn, IN and the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Museum, arriving at 3:30. This was the second time we have visited it and we thought it was even better this time. It is much superior to the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum that we saw earlier today. Even the building it is in (circa 1926) was a jewel. The cars are amazing to look at…and to drool over.

Leaving the Museum at 5:00 it was a short ten minutes to our camp for the night, the Fireside Resort RV Park in Auburn. The “Resort” word might be just a tad of an exaggeration, but the lot is level, the power is good and we are happy to be off the road for the evening. We stayed at this park several years ago when it was a new KOA. It was in good shape then but we suspect it has fallen somewhat on hard times during the economic turndown. The folks running it are nice.

I talked to a good friend in Crawfordsville as we traveled earlier this afternoon, and we plan to go by and see them tomorrow afternoon. We met them on a cruise in the Caribbean probably close to 25 years ago and have been good friends ever since. It has been awhile since we have seen each other and we are looking forward to seeing them. See you tomorrow guys!

We drove 154 miles today.
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Linda & Rick on

Sorry to hear bout the mess but it is nice to know that other people forget things too! Sounds like you are having another great trip!

Linda & Tom on

It was painful to see John working so hard to clean up "his" mess, and then he didn't have his iced coffee. What a bummer, sorry John... Three inches of rain here today, the lake is FULL. Hugs to you both. Be safe on the roads.

D Crip on

Sorry to hear of the iced coffee mess, I can only imagine. You gave me a turn when I saw you said Auburn - I was like "how did they get THAT far South" LOL LOL! We are now in Atlanta......Glad you are still have big fun.

Laura on

Tom, Sheeba, and I are headed to Lake Texoma tomorrow for 3 nights. We will not have wifi. Sounds like you continue to have a good trip. We will be off the grid for a few days. continue to be safe in your travels. Love you!!!

Betty on

At least the frig is clean. Ed loved seeing the cars.

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