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Old 11-06-2011, 06:02 PM   #61
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Story time---1952 Dodge school bus


The next day we headed north for Idaho---We sure weren't in the flat lands any more....

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Jackson Hole???

Arenít drifting off a little North for Cali???
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:17 PM   #63
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Route 20 all the way west --then south along the coast into the redwoods.

Nice route with little traffic.
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:21 PM   #64
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Ends in Newport Oregon at route 101( starts in Boston Mass.)
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Ends in Newport Oregon at route 101( starts in Boston Mass.)
Cool….Newport would be my stomping grounds.

Make that left at the Ocean and lots of windy twisty and up and down from there.

Good brakes are a good thing. Did you have them???

EDIT: Never mind…get us though Idaho first.
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:06 AM   #66
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We enjoyed the Tetons and Yellowstone and soon it was time to hit the road.

A loose plan was hatched---The brakes worked going down hill but didn't work going up.

The engine was weak and backfiring under load and could stall if I over did the gas while climbing the hills.

If the bus stalled Chuck would by right behind with the VW and act as the brakes---might wreck the van but better than a runaway bus backing down a mountain in traffic.

He'd have to keep up so nobody wold pass him and get behind me.

That's the plan--let's go.

The first rise wasn't to bad but I was down to the granny gear before I made the crest---
We were starting to grow a tail---a string of traffic was stuck behind the VW with no way to pass.

The next mountain was a tall one----I figured the only way up that one was to get this buggy rolling---fast!

I could see the string of cars edging out to pass--Chuck edged the van for a block and I pulled the rear end gear into high.

You know ,that bus tracked like a Mazzerati.

The speed-o topped out early on the hill --80--and the acceleration had just begun.
I'll never know how fast that old bus went--faster than I have ever gone before or since.

Chuck tried to keep up but the VW wasn't up for the task.

The momentum carried the Dodge 2/3 of the way up the next mountain--then back to the low gears and all the back firing---

The parade caught up and had grown longer----

This was repeated over the next five peaks before the road leveled out enough to pull over.

Oddly, Ron really enjoyed the ride and was looking forward to the Cascades.

As I pulled it over the engine began to rev up , we slowed and began to slowly roll backwards.
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Couldn't sleep waiting for the next episode of "The young and High".
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:47 AM   #68
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We needed a break. A little time to explore and look around.

That stretch of southern Idaho is like another world Black lava flows on top of white rock--aged and broken ---well worth the time to explore.

Idaho is one fine state for scenery ---some years later Chuck moved to Priest lake,Idaho to raise his son (born to Donna) and stayed for almost eight years.

I have some great memories attached to Idaho. (Put that state on your list of places to see if you enjoy nature)

Soon enough we found ourselves in the alkali flats---These are the desolate remains of an inland sea.

White. White ground---dead white trees and white water in the lakes. White.

And hot.

We stopped for a rest along side one of these white lakes and I had never seen any thing quite like it.
A layer of perfectly clear water about a foot deep sat on the white milk like water below.

I got to wondering how deep it was.
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I got a bad feeling...
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I decided to see how deep it got---A rope was fetched and I waded in.

The first 10 feet or so were very shallow so I grew more bold and took longer steps---Stepping off a ledge and going completely under the brackish white surface.

We all had a good laugh after I climbed out --It was hot and the dip was refreshing.

I used the last of our water to rinse my hair and we took off again.

It wasn't long before the alkali started to burn.

Wet cut off shorts soaked with alkali on a hot day was mighty uncomfortable---We were in the middle of the flats and it was an hour or two before I spotted a wee trickle of fresh water running out of a road cut.

It sure would have looked funny if any one drove by as I took a bath at the side of the road from that bitty little run of water on that road cut.
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Great story. Wish we were all around the camp fire drinking some moonshine. LOL
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Soon enough the scenery changed into high mountain desert and endless rolling sage flats.

We were looking forward to the wet coast that was only a day or two ahead.

It was getting to be time to set up camp--and the choices were limited. Sand and sage and no side roads.

We pull off the road an figured this was as good as any.

Chuck grabbed the shovel and started clearing a spot for a fire---the rest of us shuttled back and forth with the usual camp equipment .

Donna nestled a pot of rice into the campfire and we all returned to the bus for more supplies.

" Oh,God!" I heard Chuck yell as he turned and ran.
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I turned and saw the sage burning---

Exploding would be a better description---one bush would catch and explode ,setting all round it to burning.

Chuck was headed for the shovel,I grabbed the axe---barked out orders for Ron and Donna to get wet towels.

Chuck took the south side and I the north--we cut and chopped a fire break while Donna and Ron Did their best to flap or stomp out the flying embers.

I don't remember us talking at all .There must have been some shouting of orders but I don't remember any.

By the time we had it out I'm guessing 2 or three acres had burned.

Soot covered ,tired and very ashamed of our carelessness--We headed back to the camp fire for a dinner of boiled rice.

It was inedible--the smoking brush left it tasting like creosote.

That night we slept outside---taking turns watching for the fire to break out again---Tired,hungry and ashamed .
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Its a shame they didn't have wal-marts back then, you could have stayed in their parking lot like the campers do today. You paint a good story Mike, we are waaaaaiting.
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The rest of the trip went along rather well---There were some moments of raised tempers.


But the rest of the time Chuck and Donna made plans together---Ron was talking again and thinking of his future in San Fransisco.

I needed to get back home to work.

Chuck turned 21 the day we crossed into California---and over celebrated --he likely remembers the head ache the next day better than his party.

We pulled the bus onto the gravel bed of the Russian river --This was to be the home for the summer.

I took off in a day or two---Ron hadn't left yet but the trip was over for me----I stuck out my thumb and headed for route 80.---Mike----

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