Sunday, September 9, 2012

Last big road trip for 2012

So, with Summer running out quickly and Saturday being an awesome day weather wise, everything was set to take Ed out for one last long ride. I had some stuff to take care of in Logan so I figured I would take care of that and then cruise around and see some towns up north. I took Ed back up to where I bought him a few years ago. To commemorate this ride Ed had just the right amount of mileage for a picture. This way I will remember the year of this drive anyways. So with a fresh oil change and a full tank of gas I headed up north to see what I could see. I didn't have to be back anytime soon so I had nothing but time.   
Ed performed flawlessly the whole trip and the weather was amazing. There is something almost magical about cruising in an old car with no air conditioning, anti lock brakes, power steering, or fuel injection on the open road. I had a smile from ear to ear the whole time. I stopped by and checked out my parents house along the way. Ed left 2 drops of oil in the driveway marking his spot I guess. Hopefully this winter I will take care of that little problem when I pull the engine and take care of some minor leaks.
 I had to stop and take a picture of the Logan temple while I was there. It is a beautiful building built by the pioneers long ago.
 I cruised past my parents old house in Providence just to see it and on my way out I got on the road that heads to hyrum and saw this old tractor just in front of me. I just love small towns. In hyrum I saw a farmer filling up his tractor at the gas station in town.
Ed and I found Paradise along the way. It's a neat town just south of hyrum. I also went through Avon and finally flipped a u-turn to try to find a fun way to get to Brigham City.
The GPS sent me down this road to get to Brigham City. It was 6 miles long and I wouldn't recommend driving it in a lowered bug. Ed got a few scrapes on his new front beam due to this road. I also had a few guys in trucks giving me weird looks.
So this is where the road pops out into civilization. That road  in the distance is highway 89 just above Mantua. I was really glad to see pavement. I did a quick check on the tires and the bottom of the engine and then headed off to Brigham City.
This is the closest I was able to get to the Brigham City Temple and the only shot I could get of it. It's a new temple the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints built. It's a beautiful building outside and even better inside. Brigham City was booming! The annual Peach Days was going on and the temple was having an open house. Needless to say there people were everywhere.
 I cruised down to the car show and I started out at the coolest part of the show. The rat rods of course! This truck was awesome. Everywhere you looked on it there was some very cool art/engineering done to make this truck my favorite rat rod of the show.
 I like old bikes and I really like old bikes with motors. This was really cool. It might not even be that old but it has the look.
When I first looked at this truck I didn't think much of it, but the more I looked at it the more impressed I became. It was put together in a way that made me laugh. That's the coolest thing about rat rods. They are put together using whatever you have laying around and this truck was awesomely done.
I liked how well this rod was done. The flames on it are just what I want to do with Ed. If you don't look close, you may miss them.
 Very nice lines on this car. Love the color and it is sitting perfectly.
 There is more engine in this car then there is car. Beautifully done. One of my dream cars.
 Can you tell I like 32's?
I think this car was the best in the show in my opinion. This car was beautiful inside and outside. I am not a fan of really big wheels but this one worked. By far the best one in the show!
Here is a shot of the back of it. I wish I would of gotten a shot of the car from the side but I didn't for some reason. The paint was flawless and so much better looking in person. It changed colors at different angles.
 The car show wasn't as big as last years but it was still fun. This was really the only big car show I went to this year. The drive and the fun made it all worth it. Here is ed waiting patiently by a bus for me to finish going to the show.
I decided to take the fruit loop home. I was tempted to stop and get a bushel of peaches but Dixie told me she had plenty of peaches already.  This is a picture outside my window along the fruit loop.
 This is looking out the other side. Willard Bay is in the distance.
It took me most of the day but I had a blast on the last big drive of the year. I still drive Ed everyday but a big roadtrip is always something special. The next one on the books will most likely be to St. George in 2013. Ed's going to get a little makeover this winter. Hopefully his engine will get all the leaks fixed and then he is going to get new fenders and bumpers. He may even get his flames put on if I can talk my buddy into painting them on for me. There will be lots of things to write about so stay tuned. 

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