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  1. hutchman

    New touring vehicle

    I have a new Jeep Wrangler JL sitting in my shop. I have owned Jeeps for most of the last 30 years and really don't like being without one. We had a 2017 JK Unlimited 4 door with everything but leather. It was great for getting groceries or hauling the grandkids, but there was something lacking in the soul department - it just did not speak to me. My wife bought a new high gas mileage DD, so she had quit driving the Jeep. I decided to get rid of it as we really do not need 3 new cars, but she reminded me that when Jeepless, I am usually looking to by one.....and she was right. So I did the logical thing, at least for me, and bought a base model 2 door. The only options are AC and limited slip. Yep, soft top, manual transmission, and roll up windows. How the heck is a guy supposed to survive with something like this? Very well I'm here to tell you! The base Wranglers now come with CC, PS, PB, AM/FM, and a tilt/telescoping steering column. The softtop is the quietest softtop I've ever had on a Jeep....nearly as quiet as the last one was with a hardtop. And so far I'm averaging 22 mpg. I've never been able to get over 17 mpg with a Jeep before. So all-in-all, I'm very pleased with it. The new red one and the old black one on trade day. Might be the perfect touring vehicle......for me at least!
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    Hutchman Lincoln Highway Trip

    As seems to happen quite a bit these days, I have posponed this trip due to health. My back is so bad right now I can hardly walk some days. MRI ON the 24th and we'll go from there..... However, there is a new.....not quite period correct......vehicle at my house. Will start a thread for it.
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    Hwy 30 and points east!

    As seems to happen in life, things have changed. Due to health issues from my back, we have sold our travel trailer. I cannot deal with the setup any more. I had mentioned that I wanted a period correct vehicle for some of my travels, well that vehicle has become a new Jeep Wrangler. There is more to this story, but that's for another thrrad. Our trip along the Lincoln Highway has morphed into seeing a few sites of the highway along the trip to IL rather than concentrating on the highway itself. Probably going to follow RT 66 on the way back west, but that is not for certain yet. So we shall see how this trip unfolds.
  4. Well, well, well.....it appears plans are coming together! Looks like we will be headed east around the 16th or 17th of September. Much more to come as we plan.....if wny of you have suggestions as what "must be seen" along US 30/The Lincoln Hwy between OR and IL, please speak up!
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    My Oregon Trail Odyssey

    Thanks for the comments! This was a great adventure for us that we both have good memories of. Sadly, Johnathon is not on a good path and I fear he is going to have some real life issues. As far as books go, I have read and studied a few, but the two real standouts for me were both written by Gregory Franzwa. "Maps of the Oregon Trail," and "The Oregon Trail Revisited," go hand in hand and they are my go to books for OT information
  6. So for anyone around curious about the OT, I dug up my old unfinished thread from 10 years ago. Hard to believe it has been that long. https://www.americanroadmagazine.com/forum/topic/868-my-oregon-trail-odyssey/?tab=comments#comment-18805 And......some other info: Ezra Meeker traveled with his family to OR as a boy in 1852. Later in his life, he became convinced that people were forgetting the effort and sacrifices of the settlers who went west on the OT. He made several trips back to WA DC, including one on which he flew in an airplane, to promote the preservation and memory of the Trail. He also marked the Trail with markers, some of which exist today. This one is located right along the side of old Rt 30 at Emigrant Springs State Park. It is just off the pavement in the ditch between the Park Entrance and campground. This one is located on "B" Ave. in La Grande on the west side of town in the bushes in someone's front yard. "B" Ave runs right on top of the actual Trail. There is another in plain view in Hunnington, but I do not have a picture of it. It is located in plain sight on the main street, but when looking for it, I could not find it. One day, I was driving through town, and there it was. When I was looking, I could not see it......whodathunk? Here is a link to that great bastion of interweb knowledge, Wikipedia, for more of the story of Ezra Meeker: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezra_Meeker Dave, that's quite a story about the swamp!
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    My Oregon Trail Odyssey

    Bumping this old thread back up for those who did not see it and might have some interest due to the other thread......
  8. Today, I took the time to take a short ride that has been on my mind for several years....I left I84 and followed the old US 30 alignment through the Blue Mtns of NE Oregon. I'd driven some parts, but never fron Exit 248 to Mission. After leaving the slab, I traversed the remaining 2 lane sections of Hwy 30 and passed through the forrests of the Blues, the old "towns" of Kamela and Meacham, past the Meeker Marker at Emigrant Springs State Park, andstopped at the scenic overlook between Deadman Pass and Meacham. It was terribly smokey and hazy today, so I did not spend much time there nor did I take any pictures. I continued westward through the Deadman Pass interchande to follow the hwy and noticed someting interesting... Just west of the westbound rest area is a set of OT swailes or ruts. They have been visible if you knew where to look, but tough to see if you did not. It appears they have done some logging there and have cleaned out a lot of undergrowth. I did notstop tol look, but they should be much easier to see now! I just hope they did not destroy them in the process. I will stop there later this week if I have time. Continuing on, I passed from the forested area into the much drier area west of Deadman Pass. The old highway here runs quite a bit east of the slab and this is the part I had never been on... What a treat it is! The road takes a much more meandering route down the hill with some great opportunities for pulling off the highway and some much different vistas than those from the slab. This road is a "hidden gem" for those seeking a more laid back route through the Blues. I really enjoyed this little trip and believe it will inspire me to take more of these little day trips in this area.
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    CA 190 and the Jedi Transition

    I spend some time in Pahrump, so one of these times I'll extend my trip and detour through Death Valley.
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    CA 190 and the Jedi Transition

    Outstanding images! Death Valley is on my list of "must visit" places!
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    Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

    Great images! One of my favorite places on God's green earth!
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    Near Death Experience At Palouse Falls, Wa

    Dave, great pics of the falls. You captured that magic moment when the light was golden.
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    Old Oregon Trail Highway

    Dave, I was through Hunnington last weekend and I "discovered" the Meeker Marker that I could not find last year. If you are traveling west through town, there is a small public triangle of park land on the left as the road bends to the north and heads out of town. The Meeker Marker is located in that small triangle. Franzwa states it is located in a "public" park in Hunnington and if you search the main park across from the restaurant like I did, you will never find it! FWIW........
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    Old Oregon Trail Highway In 1921

    Ot, but related to the brake discussion: http://www.motorera.com/history/hist07.htm Some of the info is not quite correct, but generally a good read.
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    Old Oregon Trail Highway In 1921

    Hey Dave, it has been a while. As far as brakes went......Henry didn't put hydraulics on Fords until '38......I think. I know the 36s did not have them and the 38s did. Not too sure about 37 but if I was bettin' I would say not until '38. Chevys had them much earlier. Seems kind of chancy today producing a car with a V8 that would go 100 mph and equipping it with mechanical brakes! Must not have been much product liability issues in those days!