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    Accomodations French Lick, In Area

    Thanks for the info, guys. I really should check this forum when I post a request for something. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Blue Ridge Parkway

    I have driven it several times - but I think the best was the time, back around 1965, I drove it early, early in the morning - like starting at 6AM. No traffic, tons of local "residents" (4-legged kind) and so quiet and peaceful. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis. TN
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    I'm So Good At Corrupting My Nephew...

    Nice thing about them rug rats is you can spoil 'em rotten - then send 'em home to Mama to take care of. I got 7 grand-kids and 4 great-grandkids now. Nice thing about the greats is they're still young enough to spoil. The youngest grandkid is 13 (this month); the oldest is up around 40. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    66 The Hard Way

    I've been following Denny's latest road trip with interest. Way back, further than I care to remember, between 1949 and 1952 I made several trips with my family from southern Maine out to the Dayton area to visit friends and relatives. We took 22 from New York to Harrisburg where we picked up the Mother of all Roads (at least to this at the time 12 year old!!) the Pennsy (Turnpike) which we followed to New Stanton for overnight. 12 hours - about the same as today, actually. In more recent years I've traveled U S 209 between Milford, PA and I-87 and have taken 44 thru New York a few times so paved the way for Denny's trip - so to speak.. Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Ultimate Automotive Motion Picture

    Got to have a Hudson in there somewhere - maybe the Joads, from "The Grapes of Wrath". Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
  6. There's a very good article about Route 66 in Arizona by David Lamb in the February 2012 issue of Smithsonian Magazine. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    A Loosely Formulated Weekend Jaunt

    Sounds like everybody is going thru Russellville!!!!!!!! I went thru there back in October on my way to West Virginia to visit with my sister. I took 70/79 out of Memphis and stayed on 79 to Russellville. I've now covered 79 between both terminals - Russellville to Austin, TX. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of roadside attractions - between West Memphis and Austin there really isn't much of anything to photograph. I've got to run 79 between Memphis and Russellville as there are several photo ops - but I didn't take my camera on my visit to my sisters. Since everybody has found it looks like that might be a place for a spring get-together!!! LOL Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays - Travel Safe

    Tho Christmas is a day behind us here's wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a New Year filled with Peace, Happiness and Joy. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
  9. She looks a bit lonesome out there in the (apparently) middle of nowhere!!! I suppose it won't be to bad once the trees in back grow out. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
  10. I have been a member of the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane (car) Club for a bit over 40 years. During that time I have made many friends and each year, if I can afford it, I make our club's national meets. Among my many friends is Charles B. Woodruff. Charley is retired Army and currently works as a librarian in Seoul, Korea - he married a Korean girl years ago. He has made just about every national meet in the past 25 years or so - and has driven to nearly all of them in a 1951 Hudson Super Six from Binghamton, NY. In 2010 our club's national meet was held in Spokane, WA. Charley, of course, drove his '51 on a road trip that makes most of the trips chronicled on American Road forums look like a trip to the local grocery store. The title itself tells the story - "The Long Ride - 23 States in 22 Days in a 1951 Hudson". As Charley says on the front cover "...to be young once again, running free on the open road in the West just one more time!" I highly recommend this 191 page soft cover book for any roadies book shelf. His ad in our club magazine says it all ---- "The Long Ride: 23 States in 22 Days in a 1951 Hudson" chronicles adventures on the road to and from the Spokane National Meet in 2010 as I complete my goal of driving the Hudson in every one of the lower 48 States. Includes thoughts on growing older, changing times, and much more. The book is $24 (well worth the price) postpaid - order from: Charles B. Woodruff DoDDS-K, Unit 14459 Box 141 APO AP 96205 For more info, if needed, contact Charley at cbwoodruff@hotmail.com Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Rt 66 Bridges

    The upside of these bridges is that the area's around them probably haven't changed all that much in 70 or 80 years. Bridges, if you look at them in a positive manner, are fascinating. Thanks for sharing Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    The Long Ride - 23 States In 22 Days In A '51 Hudson

    An up date on Charley's book - he's dropped the price to $19. He says a couple of people have expressed interest - thank's everybody. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Day Road Trip: Exploring!

    I've done a number of local drives here in the Memphis area digging out old alignments of U S 51 and U S 61. Trouble is there isn't a whole lot of things to provide pictures - unless you like shots of corn and cotton fields!!!! Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Black Hills & South Dakota Suggestions?

    Seeing as your going to be in the area visit world famous Wall - just be aware it's one big tourist trap (you can hear the trap snap shut as you drive into town!!! You can get far more than a glass of water - but your wallet's gonna be a lot lighter when you leave!! But, if you approach it from that point of view it's interesting to visit. In 2002 my daughter and I on a father/daughter trip drove thru the Badlands from the eastern end - and as I recall we wound up in Wall just following the road thru the park. From what I could see of the Badlands a crow would starve to death trying to fly over it - it's the wildest looking place I've ever seen. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    1945 Road Trip

    Given the announcement of the stops I would say this trip began in eastern Pennsylvania and ended in Pittsburg - I've been over the Pennsy numerous times over the years. I got a kick out of the fans on the steering column and one pointed toward the right side windshield. For you "you'uns" that was the defroster system back in those days. Bus trips were pretty good back then - and not to shabby today. Last one I made was back in Dec 2007 from Memphis to Jackson, MS. Interesting - especially when you find talkative passengers to share the miles with. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Amazing Wireless Phone

    Yeah, those WWII Surplus stores outfitted a lot of Boy Scout troops!!! I remember one in Portland, Maine, that also sold surplus trucks and jeeps - and if you wanted a tank, the guy probably could get one for you. Alex B
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    Road Trips

    One of the Hudson car club members posted the following about a family whose been on an extended road trip in a 1928 Graham-Paige Model 610. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42381709/ns/today-todaytravel/?gt1=43001 I love this line from the write up - " They must stay away from highways because the car can't go faster than 40 miles per hour." Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Old Us 40 Segment, Reelsville In

    I just checked a 1941 AAA Tour Book I have on the shelf - no Beacon Motel listed in Brazil, IN. Nor the April 1938 edition. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    The Coming Road Trip Season

    I'm planning a road trip either on the way to Oklahoma City in July for our annual Hudson car club National meet. Or on the way back. Planning on driving at least from Oklahoma City to Fort Smith, AR, on U S 62, U S 266 and U S 64. I've already driven 64 from Alma to Conway, AR - might follow it back from Conway to Left Memphis, but we shall see. It might be time to take this route again - the last time was in 1956!!!!! By bus. I had just spent 4 months at a Navy prep school in Norman, OK, and a bunch of us were transferred to the Naval Air Station Training Department in Millington, TN, for further instruction on various specialties - thus the bus. I'm not really sure exactly which roads we took, but I do know 64 between Webers Falls, OK and somewhere around Little Rock - because that was pretty much the only way you could go back then. Between Norman and Webers Falls I have no idea, but it was probably north to OKC and then 62 east to pick-up 64 somewhere in eastern OK. It'll be a nice drive anyway, even tho, like my several trips across U S 40 in Ohio after 50 years I know it will be all new to me. Memory fades and the changes are radical. Anyway, safe driving to all. Enjoy the coming summer. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Here's a site on someones conversion: http://www.vonslatt.com/bus-main.shtml or if that scares you to death, try your local school board - they may have a bus or two they're thinking of flogging off into the sunset. A school bus is anywhere between 9.5 and 11 ft tall. Generally 8 ft wide. The length varies between 12ft and 40 ft, depending on what type of bus it is. The "regulation" is 40 ft, and that is a 72 passenger bus! Amazing what Google turns up!!! Hudsonly, Alex B
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    Just a thought - how about converting an old school bus into an RV. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Money Saving Ideas: So We Can Still Enjoy Our Road Trips

    Re cell phones. I have a Jitterbug cell phone. It don't take pictures, it don't communicate with Mars and it don't cook breakfast in the morning!!! What it does, ta da, is allow me to call AAA when the car decides today is the day to quit. It simply makes phone calls. For $31 and change I get a 100 minutes a month with roll over to 300 - I've probably lost some minutes because I really don't use it that often. It is, however, great for what I want. I do pay extra, $3 a month, for voice mail and I did take the option for handset replacement in case I drop it in the swimming pool. I have a simply 19-monthly program that costs me $19.99 a month, so with the options its $27 a month - surcharges and other charges boot it up to $31.88 a month, which I consider very good. It has an address book - it's very simple to use by going online and adding contacts that way. And it even has something most cell phones don't have - it has a dial tone to let you know, yes, I'ts working. With the initial package I got a free car charger, and it did come with a house plug in charger. Not a bad deal for $31 and change. Peace of mind on the road on the cheap. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    El Camino Real In Missouri

    Nice thing about that arch on the AR/MO border is there is room enough to park a half-dozen 18 wheelers if you want to take a closer look at it. And if you're following 61 south from the I-55 thru Steele you won't be going out of your way at all. In fact following 61 from I-55 in Steele all the way to Left, er, West Memphis you are literally paralleling 55. In fact I doubt if you're ever more than 5 miles from it. Like U S 70 from West Memphis from Little Rock running along I-40. Hudsonly, Alex B Memphis, TN
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    Route 50 Blocked

    I just used Dodge as a generic example. I remember a few nights sleeping in my car. Back in my day in the 50's (and probably earlier and later) Dad's looked askance at boys who drove business coupes - I had a 39 Dodge business coupe for a while. I can remember more than one dad coming out as I picked up his daughter for a date and telling me to open the trunk (much to daughters embarrassment) so he could see if there was a mattress back there. LOL And if you were stuck with a Nash-can, as I was for a while, forget about going out on a date. Dad's wouldn't let their daughters within a mile of a Nash-can. I often wondered why. hehehehe Hudsonly, Alex B