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    Road Devil's Member John's Avatar
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    World Run / West Coast Tour

    Alright, I have been home for a couple weeks now and I am almost back to normal. I had quite the awesome road trip. It totaled 6618 miles and I was lucky enough to see a large portion of this great country I live in and meet a lot of my Road Devil Family. Here is a brief summary of the trip.
    When I found out the World Run was going to be in L.A. there was only one option in my mind, RT 66. Chicago to LA in 4 days seeing the mother road. So Rabbit and I started this trip like any self respecting car guy would, swap meet / car show. Not a whole lot of planning went into what to see and where to stop we just hopped into the car and drove. We pretty much bombed through Illinois and Missouri the first day. When we got to Oklahoma and Texas we started to take more of the two lane parts of 66. I think I found Jesus in Groom, TX. There are a bunch of cars growing out of the ground outside of Amarillo, TX so we stopped to see them too. We didn't see much in New Mexico but we made it to Arizona to see some big fucking holes in the ground. Luckily on the way to the Grand Canyon the road was closed due to a fire so we had a nice 3 hour detour. Did some touristy shit like stood on a corner in Winslow, AZ. Then we had one of the most fun drives from Kingman, AZ to Oatman, AZ. It is a slow back and forth hairpin turns mountain road with no guard rails and it is about as wide as a 1961 Buick LeSabre. It is a must drive road if you get the chance. At that point we drove to Pomona and were ready to party.

    Half Way!

    After all the LA area shenanigans came to a close Steve, Brad, Julie and my clan headed north. We stopped at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo to take a leak in a waterfall. That place is a trip. Once again if you can make it there I would strongly recommend it. I split off with Steve and Brad outside of Monterey. The wife and kids and I went to the coast and kept going north to San Francisco.
    We hung out in the city for a little bit before heading to nature. The redwood forests were amazing. I like old stuff and those trees are old as hell. Then we were off to Portland, OR where pot is legal and hipsters rule the city. It is a pretty cool city. We have reached as far north as we are going so we turn right and are now east bound and down. We make it through Oregon and most of Idaho smoothly until we need to stop for the night in Idaho Falls. It turns out if you are within 200 miles of Yellowstone in the summertime you are S.O.L. getting a hotel room unless you booked it months out. Hello Walmart parking lot with wife and kids in tow. Boo! To make everything better when wake up 2 hours later the car is running like absolute dog shit. In a sleep deprived haze I go through the check list in my head. Clean points, plugs, cap, rotor, adjust carb. That is when I notice the accelerator pump not working. I limp it to an O'Riely's and luckily there is one guy there that has any sense at all. I find a carb kit and I am back on the road. The wife and kids are loving this trip by now, ha! The rest of the trip was smooth sailing. We drove through Yellowstone, stopped at Mt. Rushmore and saw Crazy Horse monument. After we stopped at Wall Drug I think we were ready to make it home. South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin were pretty uneventful until my speedo cable went out 140 miles from home. Cue the GPS speedo app. I made it home with no major upsets and I am still married so thats good.

    That was a great trip. Thank you to everyone who helped and everyone I got to meet this World Run. I can not wait for the next one. East coast here we come.

    I will have a link to pictures soon.

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    Road Devil's Member Brian_RDeurope's Avatar
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    World Run / Southwest tour

    thanks John for starting this thread so I just will follow with my short summary as well. the preparation for the trip was quite short as Johns. stocked up the essential fluids inkl. Rainex glas cleaner, lugnut cross, tool, wrench and socket box, filled up the cooler with non alcoholics, made space for the passenger/carrot dealer in the backseat and set a departure time for tuesday 6am. to my surprise even brother Josh was right on time ;)
    to due our lack of time we just went from one hotel to the other with no touristy entertainment. first day never got out of Texas even after 10 hours of driving. a great BBQ at brother Doms casa was the destination of the day. thanks again for that !!! the next day brought us to Phoenix AZ. on the way we stopped just for breakfast, gas, pee and State crossing signs. at Wildhorse Pass Hotel and Casino we became whales for a night (some call it high roller :) day three was was pretty much the same as the day before. breakfast, gas, pee and state crossing sign breaks.
    the Buick just ran good with no further problems but half a qt maschine oil. we made it to the CA hotel sound and safe.
    John called it LA area shenanigans - Ill keep it that way.
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    the night before going on the way back I checked the forecast. AZ reported heat alerts all the way with hights of 115. WTF. as the tour guide I decided for an early early take off. which gave us two advantages - avoiding the heat and CA traffic. and driving into the sunrise at 5am in the AZ desert is just an awesome experience. despite of being early birds the heat caught us 2 hrs before Tucson AZ. the 4 window AC unit worked hard but couldnt keep up. but we survived somehow and with one more story in our books. I mean everything was just fucking HOT. standing outside the hotel at 9pm in a 100 F is something you dont need. second day again - take off at 3am with destination El Paso. I noticed the car was slightly out of alignment and the vibrations got lil more worse. We made it in one piece to El Paso. the last but longest stage all the way thru TX was in front of us and I postponded the take off to midnight. since google maps was telling something like 10 hrs to drive, it would be a 12 hrs drive to us. at the first gas stop still in El Paso I noticed that the engine was running weird like missing a cylinder. well good thing is that we had 7 more so I bit the bullet and took the risk - what was the alternative ???
    well like everbody knows already, we made it to Lago Vista without a breakdown but alot of impressions in our heads. I even dont know where to start. my personal favorite was our gathering at Watsons in Orange. that constantly showing up of new RD shirts from all over made me so happy to see. its always kind of overwhelming to me, always thinking that I miss something too. Its such a bummer not to have time to talk to everybody in a way I woiuld like to. I still dont know much about alot of you guys but I think there is nothing you can do at an event like this. thats one more reason for me, and should be for everybody of us to make it to the next WR in 2019. start and feed your piggy bank and it wont hurt much at the end !!! our rough plan for the east coast is already in my head though. and of course I will drive my shit.

    side note: I told the wife she should fly out to LA bc the trip in the car might get miserable at one point. but she insisted to drive and to share. really appreciate that ! thanks babes

    also: thanks to Claudia and Simon for taken the detour to Texas - we always love good company from the family.

    RDFL
    Last edited by Brian_RDeurope; 07-08-2017 at 04:32 PM.

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    thanks guys for the stories of your journeys,sound like you guys had a great trip overall,my story mighten be as big just as much fun,me and my sidekick Gil,who by the way has never been to the states,flew in and landed at 6.30 in the morning ,picked up the rental and off we went,well that"s where our navman sent us through East LA which was pretty cool anyway,so finally we got out of there and headed to wards Palm Springs,which was one of the places we wanted to vist,left there and drove towards Kingman,Arizona,where we stayed for the night which ended up we had travelled 26hrs with the time differences between the two countires,so from there we headed to Monument Valley,which ive got to say was one of the great places i have visited ,from there we headed towards salt Lake City,where we went to Dave Kindig"s Shop,hes got a TV show called Bitchin Rides,pretty cool show and really nice guys too,from there we drove to the Holy Grail Bonneville Salt Flats,wow some much salt,and i actually scrapped up some salt and took home,which now i have sitting in my garage.From there we headed to Vegas and hooked up with Bridger,we did the Grand Canyon,which was pretty cool,also did the Welderup shop and Counts Kustoms which were both pretty cool.So onwards to the World Run,well how good was it to catchup with new Road Devils family,thanks to the So Cal Family for organising all the stuff to do around the hotrodshops and other venues,like Brian said its always hard to talk to everyone ,as we were all staying in different parts of the city,but hopefully the next world run we might address that,i know its hard for some people to come to these events,due to work and money constraints,but hopefully we will see you all there 2019,So this ends mine and my buddy Gils trip to USA,

    See you all in 2019.......RDFL

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    Road Devil's Member John's Avatar
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    Here is a link to the pics I got to take
    http://s380.photobucket.com/user/j_b...d%20Run%202017

    RDFL

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