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Old 11-06-2011, 09:23 AM   #16
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The next morning found us parked along a road cut in Iowa.

The damage to the bus was more cosmetic than structural---The flip flop doors were smashed in but could be fixed well enough to work--

The side of the bus was scraped and dished in all the way up to the bottom of the windows-

That car was air borne to cause a scrape 6 feet up like that.

Oh, and the rear bumper was pulled out on a 45 degree angle---That must have been what removed the front wheel and fender from the car.

The chrome headlight trim from the car was on the roof of the bus----

All in all not to bad--the biggest loss was the 6 volt battery---that would lead to trouble later--as the jump start off the cop car was 12 volt--and finding a 1952 Dodge truck starter would prove to be difficult.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:49 AM   #17
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And then.....!?!
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:56 AM   #18
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And then.....!?!
Along cames Jones!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:03 AM   #19
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Yeah!
Gary Cooper!
(Or somebody)
(I wish Mike would continue - I hate being on the "edge of my seat")
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:18 AM   #20
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All right---


The next couple of days we slowly rolled across Iowa. The engine problems were irritating but livable in the flat lands but needed attention before we made it into the rockies.

We separated the Vw van from the bus and were now using the VW to pull start the bus.

We agreed that I would drive the VW in the morning and Chuck would drive it in the afternoon.

This worked out well until the brakes went out in the big bus--but more on that later.

Pull starting a bus using a 6 foot long cable required a fast bit of brake and clutch work.

Get it rolling ,nose to nose, back off the power till the buses were touching bumpers--drop the clutch in the big bus---then get out of the way when it lurched to life-(remembering that you are tethered with a 6 foot cable)

All went well, I was looking forward to wowing the girls in some country tavern --I figured Ron would be handy to help hustle up some action.

Well, that bit didn't work out.

It seem that the show business that Ron wanted to 'break into' was the female impersonating business.

Oh, well. So much for wowing the girls.
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:41 AM   #21
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Where are you ? Did You tire yourself out typing Mike? Or was it the pillow case stuffing
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And then ..... ???!!!
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Shhhh!
I don't think Mike wants us to know the details of his "checkered" past!

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It seem that the show business that Ron wanted to 'break into' was the female impersonating business.

Oh, well. So much for wowing the girls.

I knew this was gonna get good!
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I see a "screen play"!
Something that would rival "Bob and Ted's Excellent Adventure"!
Who's going to portray Mike!?!
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oh sorry....my lips are sealed....maybe Mike got "distracted" and forgot about us. tee hee
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I wasn't sure how this was going---I'll add another day.

We rolled to the outskirts of Waterloo and started looking for a good place to camp for the night---

A promising looking stand of trees down a farm road look good so I swung a left and rumbled down the gravel until we reached the trees.

Looked fine---a small creek,plenty of firewood to cook over and a farm house near by where we might be able to refill the water jugs.

So we set up camp right there on the edge of the road.

While the first load of wood was being kindled into flame I set off for water---

Have any of you ever heard that zinging buzz that a .22 caliber bullet makes when flying over your head?


Well I heard that sound and decided right then and there that we ,indeed ,had plenty of water already!

That gave me and Chuck some time to gather more wood and explore that creek bed.

Surprise,surprise ,surprise!! Iowa was a hemp growing state back during the big war and the stuff had made its home along that creek.

We needed some more stuffings for the pillows . I must say we got carried away. Both of us carried double arm loads back to the bus---

After stripping enough to refill the pillows we tossed the heap of remaining goods onto the bon fire.

A few minutes later a patrol car crunched its way down the gravel road.(later)
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I think Mike got distracted again. Or was that him in that car with the red light on top.
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Hopefully - it wasn't him -
In the backseat -
With his hands behind his back!
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