We are having so much fun the only updates to the blog are
those I email in. But lots more has
happened. During the cruise the other day,
we stopped at MotorLand in Arundel, Maine.
Great vintage cars on display and some for sale. They expected 50-75 and I think double that
showed up for lunch. When I mentioned to
the owner that I needed a stop light switch he offered to have it delivered to
the shop and installed. Great guys!
The cruise was amazing. What an introduction to the beauty of Maine. I cannot believe it has taken me this long to visit this area of the country.
We started with a quick breakfast followed by a short drive to Wells, Maine, for the Woodies in the Cove (see previous post). After the awards there, the host club (Sonny Perkins) had arranged for a parade of cars with a police escort! Even with a bit of rain during the parade, the streets were lined with appreciative folks waving and cheering us on. We concluded the parade with a loop around Perkins Cove.
We met up back at the hotel with our new friends John and Lori (1934 Ford Woodie) and had drinks and shared some fun stories.
The day was capped with a lobster dinner at Lobster in the Rough followed by an auction. The best quote of the day came from this auction as Bill Sampson was doing his best to close the sale at the highest price: Do I have thirty dollars? Do I have thirty dollars? I have thirty dollars in the rear!
Soon to be ex-president, Bill Sampson, auctioning of the beautiful Woodie quilt
We attended a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park our last night in Boston. We left during the 6th inning because of an incoming storm. We got back to the hotel just as the rain started to come down. In sheets. For hours. The game was suspended in the 10th inning in a 4-4 tie. Glad we left. The car was parked outside so the valet staff could watch it. I was relieved when I opened it up this morning and my efforts to waterproof the car had paid off. It wasn’t dry, but it wasn’t the disaster I had before.
I was terrified of driving out of downtown Boston. It turns out to have been no big deal. Got on the freeway in just a couple of minutes. We were in Ogunquit 90 minutes later.
We got to open road and I set the cruise control. Several minutes later I tried to disengage it by tapping the brakes. Nothing… just kept cruising. I realized that I must have no brake lights. Sure enough, a little diagnosing at the hotel has revealed a bad stop light switch. At home, I could get this switch from 4 different places 10 minutes from house. In Ogunquit, it will be a 1 hour round trip to a store that carries them! We aren’t in California any more!
After waiting and agonizing for another week, the new shipper turned up today. I am much happier with these guys; a) they took the car and b) they seemed to really know what they were doing. Nice guys. Still, my stomach was in knots. First we put the car on top. That didn’t quite leave enough room for another car. So off it came and they backed it on the lower ramp! The air suspension helped. Without it, I’m not sure the car would have been low enough to be on the bottom.
Assuming all goes well, I will have my baby back in my arms in less than a week.
A couple of days ago I got the call scheduling the pickup. Everything is ready. The car is packed, gas about half full (why buy expensive California gas?) and the car is completely serviced. Scheduled pick up was noon today. First thing this morning I made sure the tire pressures were correct. Finally the truck showed up! Right away he sees the car, mentions how nice it is and then said he was expecting a car instead of a Wagon. He said multiple times “we should be good”. When we went out to his truck he said he “should get more money for this” and asked how much I paid. Everything fell apart. He negotiated with Montway Auto Transportation then came over and said he was leaving. I sure hope Montway can find a replacement to meet my time schedule! I mean, I booked this like 2 months ago!