HAPPY TRAVELLERS-PART II


| March/April 1979



4155 Lancaster Drive, N.E., Salem, Oregon 97303

In the Fall of 1976 wrote a story of an 8,000 mile trip my wife and I made in the summer of 1976.1 got several letters in response to this from several states and from Canada. This summer we started another trip, but as it turned out, not all of it was very happy traveling.

We left Salem, Oregon, May 30, 1978. The night of May 31st, we stayed in a motel in Rawlins, Wyoming, and at 6 o'clock the next morning, when we started on, our car was covered with ice. It rained on us in Nebraska. We got to Minden, Nebraska about 4:30 PM on June 1st. Drove 1526 miles in 3 days. Told my wife that was the easiest thing I had done all winter and spring as I had been busy working on different jobs at Antique Powerland. Some of those jobs were too hard on my system. I had completely restored an 1918 10-20 Titan; the care-taker and I built 3 sections of bleacher seats for the show grounds; and repaired and re-made all the upper wooden sections on the antique merry-go-round and put them in place.

We stayed the night of June 1st at the motel on the Pioneer Village Museum grounds. They are now building another big two-story motel nearby. We ate at their modern up-to-date restaurant next door to the motel and the museum.

We entered the museum at 8 AM on June 2nd. They have over 30,000 items to see there. We saw over 100 old tractors and over 200 old cars, as well as a lot of other displays such as an old church, school house, general store, an old railroad station, etc. The tractors and cars are all displayed in nice condition - kept dusted off, but do not run. These are housed in long 2-story buildings with concrete floors.

We left Minden around 4:30 PM, as we wanted to arrive at Adrian, Missouri, the afternoon of June 3rd, and wanted to make another stop near Leavenworth, Kansas, on the way; hardly any corn planted - too wet. Went south into Kansas and hit Highway 36. Went east to Marysville and stayed there overnight. Next morning drove on east to Hiawatha, Kansas, had breakfast and then headed for Leavenworth. We looked up a friend there, Del Seuser. I think some of you readers know him. He was at our show at Brooks in 1976. He was secretary of National Gas Engine Club then. He has some goodie old tractors, and several old cars. We stayed there 2? hours, then hit south on 73 Highway; just on the southwest corner of Kansas City. When we hit Highway 150, we turned left and went across south side of Kansas City to Highway 71, then south about 50 miles to Adrian, Missouri. This is where my wife was born and grew up. We arrived at her nephew's home around 3 PM.