Day 1-Rain, rain and more rain. Left home a little late, couldn't find my AAA card. It was in the car! It took 2 hours to go 100 miles over Snoqualmie pass, rain and construction.
We drove through Yakima into Oregon by way of the Oregon Trail! I was looking for wagon wheel tracks as I was driving. I felt like a pioneer imagining how it was to come over the mountains so many years ago.
We finally hit Idaho and lost an hour (completely forgot about different time zones) We are in Boise and leaving to go Wyoming next. It is still raining and cold.
I stopped in Zillah to take a picture of the historic teapot gas station. I am trying to download it but it is too big. Any suggestions? I will use my IPhone for the next pictures.
I'm so glad you're giving updates as you travel to pick this up. I feel your pain about delays on Snoqualmie Pass. Been there, done that. I hope you get a picture of your new trailer in front of the teapot gas station in Zillah on the way back!
Day 2-Left Boise in the cold and wet and drove south and east towards Utah.
I have never driven through Utah and I was so impressed by the scenery. We went through Odgen and on into Wyoming. The best thing about this trip is the fast speed limit in Idaho and Wyoming. I am getting great mileage to get there. I will have to go slow on the way back. Wyoming is definitely a boring state. There must be some fun old west towns but I don't have time to dilly dally. My little Shasta is waiting!
I am spending the night in Rawlins, Wyoming. I just drove through town and there is the cutest little trailer sitting downtown that I am going to go back and take a picture of in the daylight.
I am so amazed at how many trailers are sitting on people's farms and yards. There are so many old trailers around this neck of the woods.
We arrive in Nebraska tomorrow. Can't wait to see my trailer.
My plans are to visit Mary in Northeast Nebraska and then I am going home by way of So. Dakota and Montana and then on to Washington. I know this way a lot more than the way I came.
Redwings, you are in Great Falls right? I think I am going to Billings and Butte and C'oeur d'Alene.
I met with the transporter's brother this morning and he helped me hook her up to my car and attached my magnetic lights. He was a little skeptical about it all. I think he thought I was a little crazy about taking it so far. The tires are great and it drives like a dream.
We took off north and met up with Mary in Battle Creek, NE where she lives. She was so nice and bought me lunch along with her husband. They were so helpful and helped me buy some chain so I could secure the trailer better to my car.
After lunch I went to see her cute trailers. I love the style of her LoFlyte. It was decorated with all kinds of Girl Scout memorabilia. Really fun.
I was really enjoying driving through the farmlands of Nebraska.
I got to South Dakota and drove through some Indian reservations and then found the freeway. It is now a straight shot home on !-90!
I was going to stay in the trailer, but it needs some thorough cleaning first. I will start as soon as I get it home.
I stopped to check the trailer a few times. Lucky I did cause the door handle was hanging by one screw so I took it off and then taped the door shut. Good thing I got some duck tape.
Yay you made it to SD okay. It was so nice meeting you ... you sure did get an adorable camper and the "girls" had so much fun playing with Winnie! They came in after you left and took a long nap on my office floor.
Hope you have a fun and safe trip the rest of the way ... enjoy your visit with Diane!
Today we traveled from Rapid City, SD to Billings, MT.
It was a rainy day the whole way but we did great. I decided to not take the freeway all day and cut north on a 2 lane highway and came out near Custer, SD. We stopped at the Battlefield of the Little Big Horn massacre and I walked around the cemetery. It was very interesting.
We also did a little antiquing in Broadus, MT and chatted with some of the locals. Everyone loves to talk about vintage trailers in antique shops. The shop owner knew all about the Sisters on the Fly.
We are spending the night in Billings and tomorrow we are meeting up with Redwings and her owners in Butte.
We will be in Spokane Saturday and stopping to see family.
We left Billings, MT in the morning and we are heading to Butte to meet up with Redwings for some shopping and eating!
Still raining, not much to look at.
We did stop in a few small towns to check out the antique shops. Not many bargains. One store was more of a cowboy museum, really interesting memorabilia but way overpriced. Anyone want a stuffed bison for their home? It was on sale for $3800!
Made it to Butte and ran into a really rough main street. Got to the hotel and Diane/Redwings was waiting to see us. It was such fun to meet her and have some girly time. We found a couple of really fun antique shops and then had some local Mexican food. Mango margaritas, yum!
Diane, I can't wait to hook up with you again. Maybe we can meet in Peoria for Mariners Spring Training!
Well, I took off from Butte and noticed my trailer was tipping to the right while I was driving down the freeway. I took a few pics and sent them to my neighbor at home. He said if the tires were good and nothing was hanging down that I should be okay. We kept driving but I took my time.
We drove on into Idaho and then to Spokane to my brother's house. We came over some beautiful mountains with snow and sun. Had to take pics of that.
Well, my brother took a look under the right side and saw my shackle and bolts were bent. He proceeded to take my tire off and said he could fix it. So off we went to the auto store to see what parts they had. Not much available at Napa so he decided to hit the hardware store. Found some pieces of metal that he said he could work with for a custom job. He was putting those pieces on and then he told to me to check the other side and I saw the nuts were missing were loose and one was missing there.
He said I was lucky to make it as far as I did.
I'm not sure if it was the rough road in Butte that did this or just the long journey. Anyway, we stayed another night and made it home on Monday and my little Shasta is now in my driveway.
My husband was a little shocked at the condition but I told him she had good bones and great potential and she would be so cute once we started cleaning her up and refurbishing the outside.
Looks like we will be working on the interior lights and the propane and the appliances, flooring, exterior lights......oh the joy of owing a vintage trailer.
It is kind of like my little British car. There is always something that needs to be fixed.
I will post interior pics tomorrow.
Oh another thing. While Diane/Redwings and I were digging around the trailer we found some old pictures and cards from a previous owner. There was a page from someone's yearbook that was written to someone named Patti. That was a name I was thinking about for my trailer and then I thought about how she came from Ann Arbor so I thought a good name would be Patty Ann!! What do you guys think?