Wally
Wally MegaDork
11/18/19 2:28 p.m.

I have finally gotten around to going through all my vacation pictures. We hadn't taken a long vacation in some time, and since the wife was improving she wanted to take a road trip and decided on Mt Rushmore as the thing she really wanted to see.  After collecting suggestions here, from friends and family, and the Google we loaded up Gary the Jeep and headed... East.  Our first stop on the way to South Dakota was going to be Radwood in Boston.  This is the third one we've been to and always have fun.  

 

It was raining most of the day so we were prepared to see and empty lot.  I grew up with friends that had ISCA show cars, and worked in at a Corvette restorer so I'd been told that show cars will wilt and melt in poor weather.  The turn out was good in spite of the weather and like always there were always plenty of interesting cars, my favorites being Chris' Delica and Christopher Cross's BMW M1:

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mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise Dork
11/18/19 2:33 p.m.

Gorgeous

 

Anymore pics of the Defender 130?!

Wally
Wally MegaDork
11/18/19 6:08 p.m.

In reply to mr2s2000elise :

The gray one in the top pic? I should have a few, I'll check.

Wally
Wally MegaDork
11/18/19 6:28 p.m.

After a soggy day at Radwood we were headed west.  I tried to put as many miles in as I could the first couple days while the wife was feeling good and we were in familiar territory, then as the trip wore on we'd stop more frequently at some of the best/worst tourist traps we could find to get a break and stretch her legs. While we had a general idea of where to go there were no solid plans or reservations.  After a day and a half on the road we arrived in Cleveland and the Christmas Story House shortly before closing.  I'm not as big a fan of the movie as others but my sister and her kids love in so we hit the gift shop for some fun Christmas gifts.  This would also turn into a habit. I don't think we've  ever taken a trip when I had a little money so we came back with stuff for pretty much everyone we know.  
 

 

Wally
Wally MegaDork
11/24/19 7:36 p.m.

Moving right along we crossed into Indiana, our first new state of the trip, and the Studebaker museum. The Studebaker company went back before cars and the museum had a nice collection that spanned from horse carriages and sleighs up to the last cars. 

the first Studebaker:



I wouldn't mind a bulletnose convertible:



Converted to Porsche Power:

A bear's natural habitat:

 

Wally
Wally MegaDork
11/24/19 8:00 p.m.

After leaving South Bend our next stop was Indiana Dunes National Park.  Given enough time we're eventually going to stop at every National Park. I was looking forward to this stop, as situated along the lake are five houses of the future from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. The pink Florida House is pretty much the vacation house I'd build if I won the lottery, though on a warmer lake. 
 


Wally
Wally MegaDork
11/24/19 8:21 p.m.

We had no set route or itinerary but thanks to my navigator's short attention span we took a nice ride across an unexpected part of the Midwest.  We planned on stopping at a big pink elephant off I90 near I think Madison. After a few hours off the interstate I should have suspected something was amiss but I was enjoying the ride across some two lane roads through Wisconsin to a different pink elephant on the Iowa border.  

Wrong Elephant:

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
11/24/19 8:31 p.m.

Sorry we couldn't get together i berkeleyed that up big time by leaving my phone in the house to charge.  

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise Dork
11/24/19 9:11 p.m.

In reply to Wally :

Yes thanks 

Mazdax605
Mazdax605 UberDork
11/26/19 10:06 a.m.

Thanks for the kind words on my Delica, and great pictures.  My Delica wasn't even the coolest Delica there however.  Too bad about the rain. I loved following your adventures on Facebook. I'd love to take a trip like that someday. Maybe when I'm retired. I remember joking about you guys going to see the largest ball of twine, but then you said you were planning to do that very thing. That was hilarious to me.

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