A Trip to Remember


| May/June 1992



703 Curtis St. Mason, Michigan 48854

Several years ago, I made a trip to Alberta, Canada, and purchased a boiler for a 110 Case steam engine. About a year later, my good friend Vic Johnson purchased a 25 HP Gaar Scott engine from the Reynolds Museum. Now after these two trips, we had to make one more to get these objects home. Vic and I got to discussing this with some friends from Ontario. Finally after many phone calls, we decided to leave on the third of March.

On the day arranged, Elmer Robinson, Ralph Henderson, and Ralph's brother Donald, showed up at my place and after lunch we left for Vic Johnson's. Now Vic has a real nice 1964 Peterbilt semi tractor and a drop deck trailer, which is what we were going to use. When we got to Vic's, he had a new truck loaded up on the trailer, which he had agreed to haul to Oregon, Illionis to have a spray tank mounted on it for the Napoleon, Ohio company he works for.

We left Napoleon at about 3:00 in the afternoon. I was riding with Vic, and Elmer, Ralph and Donald were following in Elmer's car. It was a dreary afternoon, with some rain and snow; however, with our high spirits and anticipation of another good trip, we knew everything would be okay. We got to the turnpike and headed west. By the time we got to Chicago, we decided we should stop and eat some supper. Now some people don't take the time to eat when they are traveling, but meals are one thing we do not miss. We got quite a laugh out of Elmer because when we pulled into the truck stop, Elmer followed us into the truck lot. When he got out of his car, he decided his was the only car among 200 trucks, and I believe he was right.

After supper, we started west again. This time Ralph rode with Vic, and I drove Elmer's car. We got to Oregon, Illionis sometime shortly after midnight. We had a bit of a problem finding a motel room, but after the third one we tried, we got rooms for the night.

The next morning when we got up, everything was covered with ice, and it was still raining and freezing. Well, the boys from Ontario thought we should hold up until the weather straightened up, but Vic and I decided we should go on. We told them that we would go and unload the truck, and they should meet us at the restaurant for breakfast.