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    Do You Remember Summer Camp?

    YMCA camp on Ossippee Lake in Waterboro, Maine, about 30 miles from where I used to live, the summer of 1947 - I was 9 years old. First time away from home, I was scared to death. But when I got home I wanted to go next year. Sadly it was not to be - the camp, and most everything else in the area, burned in the great fires of 1947. I remember we did drive up there and it was so sad to see the rusting springs from the bunks, the burned buildings. But I got a surprise in 1948 - Mom and Dad signed me up for the YMCA summer camp on Lake Cobbosseecontee up near Winthrop, Maine, and I had a great time. I still remember the YMCA camp motto - God First, the other fellow 2nd, I'm 3rd. Lord, is that even politically correct in our world today???? I went again in 1949 and 1950, but that was the last time I went to summer camp until I went to Marine boot camp at Paris Island in the summer of '55 - I think the YMCA motto got turned around a little. Like it was the Drill Instructor first - but, on the other hand, the DI WAS God and you'd better never foget it!!!!!! Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    0707 National Parks Highway - Good Used Cars!

    Shades of the late 1930's!!!! Amazing what can be done with computers. It has progressed to the point of not knowing what's reality and what isn't. I've done some Hudson club members cars in b&w for my web site. For some reason they look better that way. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Us 50 - Seymour To Shoals

    Some of them covered bridges were tough pieces of engineering. A while back one across the Connecticut River, between New Hampshire and Vermont was to be taken down. They got her down, but it was a hell of a job. Old bridge just kept shaking off the dynamite, but finally gave up the fight. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    0710 National Parks Highway - Winona, Mn

    Me too, me too!!!! Have enjoyed each day reading what you have posted - it's become a hi-point in my day. I've always found the general rule in small towns is that people are friendly and glad to welcome you to their little piece of the world. And that's going back some 50 years!!!!! You just have to treat them with the respect you expect from them. Y'all have a good one. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Us 50 - Seymour To Shoals

    Like others I love those "before and currant" photos. JJ's hotel has changed a tad over the years, but the building basically remains the same, outside at least. I did notice in the "before" there were two front doors - or what appears to be a door on the left front corner. But it's not there in your pic, so was probably replaced at some time. I wonder if this was some sort of entrance to something on the 2nd floor. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    National Parks Highway - Lewis & Clark, Olsons And Red Trail

    There are literally hundreds of those small town scattered throughout that area - Montana, North and South Dakaota. They don't hold many people; they don't attract big box stores; they just exist out there on the edge of nowhere. I know, from traveling with my late friend, Cloyd, thru Montana that the definition of a small town in Montana is any place that has 3 things - a name, a post office and a bar!!! There are people in these towns - but this is ranch country and some of those ranches are huge affairs, in terms of land. So the post office serves the ranches and the bar is a convenient place to stop and catch up with the local news. The ranchers go into the nearest larger town - out there you're talking miles - for provisions. I liked the bridge shots - and the Hudson Jet. Those are nice little cars to run around in. In case anybody's wondering about the high roof line, Frank Spring designed the car with a lower roof line - but the company president, A. E. Barit, had a mind mired in the 1930's. He decreed the higher roofline so "a gentleman would have clearance for his hat!!!" In the minds of many that high roofline really destroyed the overall look of what Spring designed. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Road Trips The Hard (but Fun) Way

    Morning one and all, Some of our Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club members have been traveling lately - you want to talk about doing it "back-in-the-day"!!!!! For those of you who like the wind in your hair this is the way to travel: Hi all: Last Thursday I took the 1919 On a 350Mi. round trip on Az. Route 66. (See pics in my "1919 Hudson" photo file folder) I averaged 60 MPH on the I-40 and varied from 45 to 65MPH on Route 66 due to 65MPH head winds and blinding rain and snow. Over all it was a great trip. The Hudson never faltered including the two hours of night driving, the lights worked very well. (The car is 100% stock) Mike... Pictures here (hope this link works): http://groups.yahoo....758273/pic/list Yes, this road trip was done in a 1919 Hudson!!!! I love the "45 to 65 mph on Route 66 due to head winds" bit. LOL And if you think road tripping in a 91 year old car is a fluke, here's another one, route and area not given. Recently took my original '17 7 pass. J on a 250 mile loop, shreaded the touring car top for the 2nd time in as many years, but still managed to dodge the lighting bolts. These cars go and go and go, yeah now for the truth - ignition got wet in a torential down pour at full trottle due to a hood hold down on the passenger side not being connected I knew I was running on an odd number of cylinders across a high ridge when the ridge ended it was down a hill into a hole and then dead silence on the incline out. Finally had a reason to get the umbrella out. . . the weather passed the ignition dried quickly and back to full throttle. I was accused at a fuel stop by some harley riders of having exceeding the 65 mile per hour speed limit considerably. Iron pistons all the way. So when you're tooling down old 66, or 40, or 30 or wherever give a thought to this current day travelers doing it the fun way!!! Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Back in the day, when they were cheap (most always) and available I drove Rambler station wagons. There were many nights, when I was on the road going somewhere or other, that I would stop at a campground and rent a space, usually for around $5-$8 and sleep in the back of the Rambler. Wagons didn't have the fold down "camper" seats like the regular cars, but wasn't required as the back seat folded down and there was more than enough room back there for at least two people - 3 if you wanted to get real friendly!!!! Amercan 440 station wagons weren't all that big, like the Pontiacs, Buicks, etc of the period. With those monsters you could camp a whole family in the back. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    701&02 National Parks Highway - Missoula To Three Forks

    I think half of Montana is dirt or gravel roads. Back in 2001 I drove out to Miles City and linked up with a Hudson club member, Cloyd Steiner. Together we went to Spokane to the H-E-T club National meet. Coming back Cloyd took me up I-15 thru Great Falls (no more great falls now since they dammed the river ) up to Fort Benton. From there we went north to up around Big Sandy, somewhere. From there it was back south over a narrow 2-lane road - I think it was MT 236, but can't remember now. All I know it was narrow, it was gravel and it was interesting meeting someone coming the other way - on one side was a 1000 foot drop in most places; on the other was the other side of the drop, only going straight up. One thing I noticed about the cars (a few) and pickup trucks (a lot) out there - an awful lot of cracked windshields. Cloyd said them was people who didn't know enough to slow down around other cars (trucks). Another thing I noticed out there - there's an awful lot of side roads. Cloyd told me those weren't side roads - those were driveways to ranches. He said if you broke down out there it was better to wait with your vehicle rather than try to walk up the drive-way - some of the ranch houses are 10 or more miles from the main highway. Cloyd said it's almost an un-written law in Montana - if you see a broke down car, you stop and see if you can help. Beautiful scenery out there - up on the high ground can see for miles. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, tN
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    Adventure Touring Vehicles - What Do You Drive?

    I don't know me Mike - but as I said on the phone the other day traveling 60-65 on wooden (old wooden) spoke wheels does leave me a little on the cool side. I'd sure be checking them suckers every time I stopped somewhere. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, tN
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    Road Trips The Hard (but Fun) Way

    It's really quite a remarkable car, Hudson. Most of us Hudson-Essex-Terraplane club members tend to consider the touring with this 1919, and there is also a 1917 that the owner does some touring with, just routine. We don't see anything special in it. On the other side of the coin, however, we have way to many members in the club that tend to leave their cars at home in the garage. Not sure if they don't think the car can keep up with traffic, or if they are trying to save the car as an investment, or whatever. While Mike has taken his '19 out on the interstate and run 65 or so with it, there are so many of the old roads, that these cars were built to run on, still left - especially between the Appalachian Mountains in the east and the Rocky Mountains in the west - that there is no reason not to drive the old cars as long as they are in reasonably good condition. We have a club member in California who has a 1953 Hudson Hornet coupe with about 115,000 since rebuild. Walt, who is, by the way, around 90 years old has driven that car between Frisco and Connecticut, where his kids live, many times - usually in conjunction with a club National meet somewhere in the country. And Walt does not baby this car - he runs it around 70-75 on the I-state. Jack Smith, who lived in Canada, regularly drove 1929 Hudsons all over the country - running 65-75 while towing a travel trailer. Yeah, us HudNuts are a little on the insane side. So there you have it. You see an old car touring, be it on 66, 40, 50 or wherever toot your horn and give 'em a wave. You're seeing history on the move. Be waiting to hear from Mike about another trip in the 1919. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Road Trips The Hard (but Fun) Way

    You can thank our resident guru (one of resident guru's that is) Denny Gibson. Denny takes a lot of road trips and they are worth reading. I got a whole collection of them in my e-mail storage bin that I take out now and again. Denny was the reason I started my own travel blog - over at http://www.freewebs....ankeetraveller/ Another fascinating travel story shows up here quite frequently - that's Lifelong Journey on the Road. Great reading so watch for when he posts (there's one on the board right now). Safe travels. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Yesterday's Camp Today

    Hi Mike, I 2nd the welcome. Great bunch of folks over here and a lot of road miles have been discussed. Great pictures - looks like traveling back-in-the-far, far, away days. Enjoyed your phone call yesterday - got to know you more or less. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Road Trips The Hard (but Fun) Way

    Thanks Denny - learn something new every day!!!! Followed your yellow brick road, knocked 3 times and said "Denny sent me" - and they told me to go away!!!!! LOL Found it, check public - hopefully it'll be visible. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Road Trips The Hard (but Fun) Way

    Thought I had downloaded to the gallery. But I just got off the phone with the fellow who owns the car and he registered with American Road, but says he couldn't find the pictures either. I had this problem once before, if you remember. Turns out I did something that that supposedly couldn't be done. I can open the gallery and then click on "Members Gallery" and the first set of pictures are the ones I posted. And when I log on to the forum the pictures are coming up in the recent gallery images. So I wonder what is the problem with everyone else. Maybe because I posted them??? Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Road Trips The Hard (but Fun) Way

    (Later that same day) - permission granted from the owner of the pictures. I just got sort of carried away by the idea of driving the old roads in a (really, really) old car. I usually ask before hand.
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    Road Trips The Hard (but Fun) Way

    Gallery, and no - didn't think to clear with owner, but probably not a problem, as I did have permission to turn a couple into black & white and post on my web site. Will do so. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    629 National Parks Highway - Ghost Signs

    Great report Dave - always leave 'em wanting more and this will do it!!!!! Safe travels. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Road Trips The Hard (but Fun) Way

    All right - I down-loaded (up-loaded??? whatever) the fellows 1919 Hudson pics on Route 66 - I think. Sure wish I could have been with him on that trip. What a way to go. Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    1919 Hudson tour on Route 66 - 2010

    Photo's of a 1919 Hudson touring Route 66.
  21. From the album: 1919 Hudson tour on Route 66 - 2010

    All this, the Snow Cap Cafe, Route 66 and a dead chicken!!!! Life is good.
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    Route 66 - Hackberry, AZ

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    1919 Hudson on Route 66

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    1919 Hudson at Cool Springs Cafe

    From the album: 1919 Hudson tour on Route 66 - 2010

    Taking a break at the Cool Springs Cafe