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Old 11-06-2011, 12:35 PM   #31
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Maybe he went for a walk down by the creek

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Old 11-06-2011, 12:39 PM   #32
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At this time Ron and I were sitting Indian style up on the roof of the big bus. Enjoying the sunset and the aroma rising from the fire.

The cop swing in slowly in front of the bus where Chuck and Donna were dicing up vegetables for our supper.

" Howdy,there. I don't know if you want to be camping right here. We bin havin' some race problems in Waterloo recently---there's been some trouble."

"Oh?" responded Chuck.

"Yea, there's been some shootins.But I'm city and your in the county so I can't tell ya to leave.

Wait I'll just call county for you.........Somebody'll be coming right along to give you an answer."

Wonderful. Great timing.

My brother engaged the officer in a warm and friendly conversation about baseball while we waited for the county guy to show up.

Ron on the other hand thought the whole thing was funny and was doing a poor job of stiffeling his snickers.

I wondered,as a passing thought, if I could strangle him quietly enough that the cop wouldn't notice.

I sent Ron into the bus to 'clean up' a bit and went out to introduce my self to our guest.

Baseball was interesting to this fellow and the conversation went well---the County officer showed and gave us the O.K. to camp---

Literally dodged the bullet that day--and I put Ron on the top of the list of people not to count on when the going gets rough.

His absolutely proved me right within the next two days.
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Old 11-06-2011, 12:45 PM   #33
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K lads I've got to run into town to get some munchies...er ..I mean groceries.. Ross you will have to rib Mike on your own for a bit.
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Old 11-06-2011, 12:57 PM   #34
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Safe journey -

I'm not "ribbing" him -
This is GOOD story!
I hope it has a happy ending!
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:00 PM   #35
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I'm still here 40 years later---how bad could it be?
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:08 PM   #36
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You know the rules, pics or it didn't happen.
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:25 PM   #37
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On to East Sioux City.

The mechanical troubles with the old bus continued to grow. I wish I knew more about engines at that time---I'd have pulled the head and replaced the burnt exhaust valve---

Instead we totally fogged the down town of some small village when we slowly poured two bottles of 'Magic' valve treatment down the carb while reving the engine to the max.

Long about then some guy pulled up and asked if we wanted to make some money setting up a carnival.

We turned him down and I've always wondered if I missed out on an interesting experience.

I was driving the big bus again ,with Ron for company.The white VW van was following behind.

As the day wore on we decided we'd get through East Sioux City and then look for a place to camp for the night.

That bus was old and had more wrong with it than right. The brakes were beginning to fail but I had become very good at down shifting to save what little skin was left that I didn't think much about it.

We weren't in a hurry and flat county roads were no big problem.

However rush hour in a hilly city was the next stop.
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I didn't even remember that there was the 70's.
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Ron was sitting behind me,chatting away about how he could sing just like Barbara Streisand when the brake petal went flat to the floor---and stayed there.

Time to get serious---I was going down hill on a frontage road along side the freeway.at rush hour.

" Ron, I need your help. See that emergency brake? Grab it,When I tell you to pull it--pull it.
When I tell you to let it off--squeeze the lever and push it forward."

"But I don't know how to drive!" Said Ron with a worried look on his face.

" Do what I say or we die! "

With this Ron burst out in tears---accused me of yelling at him --stomped off to the back of the bus and had him self a good cry.
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Great job Mike. Never had an actual '52 school bus of my own, but can see it clearly. As long as you aren't going to tell us that you watched a white '70 Challenger blast headlong into a dozer, or that Peter Fonda rode up on a Harley, I'm loving it!
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Hey, I found Ron.
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Old 11-06-2011, 02:03 PM   #42
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I was rolling uncomfortably fast down that hill --the old trans didn't have much left of the syncro gears
and the engine was starting to scream ---

About then an off ramp from the freeway popped up with a nice green light for me.

So far so good.If it would only stay green till I got passed I promised I be good for the rest of my life.

Five cars ahead of me when that light went yellow. Still one when it turned red.

I laid on the horn and just prayed.
The car ahead ran the light---I'll never know why,but he did and the traffic started to flow off the express way.

I could see my brother put his hands over his face,back in the rear view mirror as the bus slipped perfectly between two merging cars.

I have tried to keep that promise to be good---somebody was listening that day.

I swung the bus onto a side street as soon as I could ---No more traffic for me that day.

Donna and Ron shared the VW van for the rest of the day --More thoughts of strangling him kept creeping into my mind,so it seemed like a good idea to put some steel between my hands and his throat.

We found an abandoned farm to park that night and decided to find a truck place in the morning.
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Of course. From riding the short bus to driving a schoolbus. Priceless!
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