At last! On the Road...
Trip Start Mar 27, 2014
51Trip End Sep 20, 2014
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The first stop to see something en route was Bowling Green, Kentucky, at the National Corvette Museum. I wanted to see the hole thing… and it was open
It was Memorial Day Weekend and on Saturday evening, I stopped in a rest stop. There was trailer there set up by the local Rotary Club offering coffee, soft drinks and snacks to drivers. I had a wonderful talk with Vicki who was manning (womanning) the trailer including where I could find a campsite for the night. There were several campgrounds nearby, but on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends it is hard to find a space without reservations. She and her husband offered their driveway if I couldn’t find a place… isn’t that awesome! There are some really great people in this country. I did find a place, so I didn’t take them up on their offer, but I won’t forget their offering of hospitality.
New York State has added a notice on their rest area signs- "Text Stop"- a good idea, but I still passed several people weaving along, bent over their cell phones at 70 MPH
As I did last year, I stopped to visit my great friend Stirlin Harris and his wife Beth at their horse farm in Geneseo, NY. He and I were classmates (’59) at Deerfield, went to the 1960 Olympics in Rome and on skiing trips with his family for a number of years after Christmas at Mt. Tremblant, Canada. They are boarding a mare for a neighbor that just foaled about 5 weeks ago. The little one is beautiful and frisky, all legs and likes to pose for the camera. Stirlin and Beth are involved with the Pony Club and Genesee Valley Hunt which manages to take a lot of time. Stirlin is also a member of The National Warplane Museum which is headquartered in Geneseo. Currently one of the planes they restored- “Whiskey 7”, a C-47a which was the lead aircraft of the second wave of paratroopers on D-Day, flew to Europe via the northern route through Iceland and Greenland a couple of weeks ago and is preparing to repeat the drop at Normandy on the 70th anniversary of D-day, June 6th.
The museum is fascinating and I was given the grand tour. They have (in pieces) a B-23 bomber, of which only 33 were ever built and none are flying today. Also a C119 “Flying Boxcar” which served in Burma during WWII. It was flown in to the museum site, parked and then gutted by the crew
On the way home from the museum we stopped at the kennels for the Genesee Valley hunt’s foxhounds. They have 70 hounds, and the most amazingly well-behaved and trained dogs. Just as we got there, Marian, one of the trainers, was returning with her husband and about 30 hounds from a ride where the hounds were learning to work with horses. As I was standing in the middle of the pack surrounded by the hounds I kept wondering how I was going to explain it all to Lacey. Actually, when I got back to the camper, she took a couple of sniffs and gave up.
Stirlin’s youngest son, Sean, is preparing to leave in late summer for an internship teaching in Japan. Sean is a great guy, very talented and with a great future. He has built a cool rifle/pistol range behind their indoor riding ring and we spent several hours shooting. It was the first time I had fired my Colt Anaconda, .44 magnum and it’s really sweet. I plan to take it and a can of bear spray when I go back up to Kirwin, the ghost town in the mountains south of Cody, WY, for that is Grizzly country.
It was a great visit- old friends are like gold. I hated to leave, but the road was calling and I had an appointment waiting down the road.
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