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Hello all. Have been spending a lot of time wrenching on an '82 Z28 and figured I better find some locals that share interest in these cars.

This will be a long hello. If you like books, here you go!

I'm nearly 40, and have "known" this car since I was 18. My best friend Ben had this car in high school, and he had bought it from his girlfriend's father. When working at a gas station in New Jersey as a kid, I'd filled up this Z-car numerous times. It was always a nice car back then, and I'd been jealous of it.

Fast-forward 20+ years. I've been in Texas since 1992, but have kept in touch with Ben, and last year he reached out to me about this Camaro. He has taken the interior out of the car right after college to have it redone, but got a full-time job and ended up parking the car at his parents house, and there it had sat for the past 12 years. He said he finally decided he was never going to get back on the car, and his Dad wanted his garage back. He also had a K5 Blazer that he wanted to sell, which my son loves.

After speaking to my wife, she said "pick ONE", and I mentioned the Camaro to my father, who is also a car nut, and is retired here in Round Rock now too. After some negotiations, I bought the Blazer, and my Dad bought the Camaro.

Ok...next issue...the vehicles were in Chatham NJ, about 1800 miles from Round Rock. So we decided to drive up in my wife's GMC with a tow dolley on the back, go to the Spring Carlisle swap meet in Pennsylvania, and then drive the Blazer and tow the Z28 home.

Ok gang, here's the road trip novel. Lots of pics, so may take forever to load.

As usual, I ramble. Skip along and hopefully you'll enjoy the ride as much as we did.

Thursday April 26th - Round Rock Texas to Kodak Tennessee (east of Knoxville)

Dad, Eddie and I piled into Misty's Denali at 4:20am, tow dolly on the back, and did not stop until midnight, 1052 miles later. This day is a bit of a blur. Stopped for gas and payed the lowest price of the trip at $3.05 at H.E.B in Round Rock. I was at work until 11pm the night before, and only got about 3hrs sleep. We stopped at the in-laws house in Dallas to drop off some wheels, then I slept while Dad drove from Big D to Texarkana. I drove through Little Rock and into Memphis, crossing the Mississippi River, and we stopped at a truck stop between Memphis and Jackson and snapped this pic:



We drove on through Tennessee, hitting Nashville just after dark and running through the mountains in the dark. Dad figures out the CD changer and we listen to Elton John, Bob Seger, Tom Petty, America, and his "Hits of 1961" CD. You have not lived until you've sang "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" with your father and son while passing the Oak Ridge Nuclear Power Plant..hahaha.

I spend most of this day wondering if something was going to fail on the new-to-us 120K mile Denali (remember the fuel pump died on the only only out-of-town trip I'd used it for), if we'd have enough gas money for this adventure (Denali was averaging only 13mpg, gas in Arkansas was $3.19 and in Tennessee was $3.31, and my paycheck had not hit the bank yet) and if the Camaro and Blazer were going to be worth all this. I had not seen either in YEARS and Ben basically gave them to us...

We crossed Knoxville around 11:30pm and went a bit further, and finally stopped at a cheap motel in Kodak Tennessee, and crashed, exhausted.

Friday April 27th - Kodak Tn to Elizabethtown PA

Got up and on the road at 8:30am. My paycheck hit and I was trilled to see the bonus I'd been counting on hit too, so the gas money/breakdown chance was no longer such a scary thought. Got on the road in a much better mood than the day before. Eastern Tennessee and Virginia are gorgeous states. Bright clear day, little traffic, and gas in Virginia was back down to $3.19. Denali running like a watch. Excited to get to PA. Great drive today, lots of singing along to the radio and enjoying the sites.

In Northern Virginia I got a call from Tim saying her was just a few miles ahead of us. We came over a rise and saw a familier wood-covered shape in the distance (and I need to point out that this was the FIRST GM wagon we'd seen on this trip...well over 1000 miles...scary and kinda sad).

Tim was pulled over at an on-ramp, and not only did he catch us in a flash, he BLEW by us, and that Roady of his makes some of the sweetest exhaust music I've ever heard!





We followed Tim for a few miles but had to make a gas stop and agreed to meet up the next day. Bye Tim!


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We got to Harrisburg that evening and made our way across the river and town and then south to Elizabethtown, where my good friend Scott lives. Scott went to see Fleetwood Mac in Pittsburgh that night and actually got to go on stage and meet Mick Fleetwood in person! How cool is that!


Scott offered up his house, even though he wasn't there. Big thanks to him, and very sorry we didn't get to hang out! He has a new GORGEOUS Shelby GT500 Mustang and it took all my effort not to jump in and take off in it.....but I was good.



He has a really nice, and really CLEAN, house. Eddie told me he was scared of Scott's house because it was so clean and "fragile". Ha! Check out the gorgeous tree in the back yard. What color!




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We explored around Elizabethtown a bit that evening. Small streets and tall skinny houses. Eddie was fascinated...so different from Texas.


Went to a big sprawling resteraunt called TJ Rockwells. Good Stuff. Got back around 9 and crashed out. I made a mistake....I let Eddie stay in the "man cave" Scott has behind the house, and I think he stayed up all night watching Scott's big screen. I woke up in the morning and Eddie would not get up, and he was a total crab all the next day.

Saturday April 27th - Elizabethtown, CARLISLE, and Annandale NJ.

We got up the next morning and walked out, and Dad laughed... "It smells like chocolate here!" he said. Then Eddie walked out the front door and said "why does it smell like cookies??". Turn out Scott's house is really near the Marrs Chocolate factory. Ha! I can't imagine smelling that every day. HEAVEN!

So the plan today was to first go see Three Mile Island, and then meet up with Tim and hit Carlisle, and head for Jersey that evening. To get off school and come on this trip, Eddie had to do a report on Three Mile Island.

BUT before we did anything I had to find a car wash and get the road bugs off the Denali. Can't visit friends in a dirty vehicle. Happily there was a good do-it-yourself place right in downtown Elizabethtown.



Once the needful was done, we put Three Mile Island in the GPS and found out it was RIGHT THERE. I mean CLOSE. Driving toward it is somewhat odd. There are all these nice houses, rolling green hills and fields, dairy farms, and then huge cooling towers in the distance. Spooky!




For those that don't remember, the towers on the left were the ones that had the accident all those years ago and are shut down forever now. The ones on the right are still running full speed.


I just can't imagine how scared these people must have been. The plant and river is lined with nice homes that were there then. This is view coming up on the plant.


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There is an observation area right across from the plant, and we stopped here for pics. In this pic you can see the power lines from the factory coming over our heads.





Here are the forever-closed down cooling towers. Dirty and neglected now


And this is the containment dome that everyone thought had the radioactive bubble in it that would explode and posion the entire region


And the clean and still-active towers


Eddie and I across from the plant







While we were there my friend Erik called to tell us his mother-in-law had bailed on him so sadly he could not make Carlisle, he had Dad-duty, but he was close by and out in his super-sharp 6-spd 1010 Charger SRT-8 and wanted to see us. He told us to wait right there and he'd drive over. Erik is a great guy, a Texas Aggie, who moved from Austin to Hershey for Dell years back. I miss this guy a lot. Have some great Texas hill-country motorcycle ride memories with him. It was the first time I'd seen his Challenger, and it looks/sounds awesome. He of couse had his Aggie sticker in the rear window.




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After saying goodbye to Erik we headed across the river to Tim's house. Tim is a SUPER NICE GUY and has a gorgeous home in a beautuful area. His wife was really friendly, and his Impala SS and Roady wagon are both awesome....as is his garage lift.....holy cow how jealous I am of that thing! I just can't say how nice and welcoming Tim was.

Now for some wagon porn











But the real treat was when Tim handed me the keys and let me drive his 6-spd beauty all the way to Carlisle....on winding hilly country roads. Man that was a FUN drive...even though I chattered the clutch once and stalled the car backing it up...DOH! I SO WANT A 6-SPD WAGON NOW! So much fun!


Sadly at this point my son Eddie was being a total pill. As mentioned I think he stayed up all night in Scott's man-cave. Tim was good about it and did what he could to try to get Eddie to warm up to him. Eddie rode with us in the wagon to the show, Dad following in the Denali.

Got to Carlisle and parked next to a clean old Custom Cruiser. Good start!


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Now for the Spring Carlisle pics. There are a LOT. Hope they load for you!
Looking up at all the cars for sale


Gorgeous Poncho




Chevelle


Where were you in '62?


Clean '71 Cutlass


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My Dad LOVED this '67 Camaro



'69 Cutlass


Red 442


Nova Ragtop. Another favorite of my Dad. He has a '63 Nova SS and my Mom had a '62 Nova ragtop. He loves these.


First Roady of the show. Seller from New York. Fairly clean '96 Limited. Some cancer, but not too bad.



Modern Camaro/TAs





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Me looking fat checking out a gorgeous '58
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Pretty but odd colored '60


Clean '77 Cutlass...I know, but I LIKE these!



Hurst Lightning Rods....only $650!! YIKES!


Olds Heaven


Umm...the flames are backwards?


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I wish this pic included sound.....


Car nut heaven!



Pontiac Rally I's


HOLY GTO CONSOLES BATMAN!


It's the Bandit!


Look there....a Corvair


Ahh Crap...



You never know what will be at Carlisle






How about a near-mint GREEN Cutlass G-wagon?


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Smooth


Another clean G-body wagon. This car was a factory manual trans car too! Rare!


Iroc-Z


Judge clone



Here's an oddball. Buick Turbo V6 LeSabre Sport Coupe. Clean!



Ford Wagon



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MEAN Mustang


Riv Ragtop


A Lemans El Camino? Huh?


Evil Knevil's Caddy


Drool....'68 442 ragtop


Rare '86 Grand Prix 2+2


How about an as-new Cavalier Z-24 ragtop? Ha!


Gorgeous '69 Camaro


2nd Roady of the show. Bit of an oddball...had Limited emblems but standard seats. Filler in the 1/4s. Presentable car and cheap for an LT1.


Pace Car T/A


Monza Mirage Hot Rod


Clean little Skylark. Aluminum V8 power


'71 Cutlass


Wild Wagon!


Sharp '70 Cutlass Supreme


Clean Clamshell...but $10K??


Very pretty TBI Roady sedan.


'64 Goat Ragtop with dog-dish caps


Can you hear it begging to be saved??


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The Cadillac of Cavaliers! Hahaha!


MEAN C-10


Nice unrestored T/A


And a restored T/A. All this work and they put the B-piller bird emblems too high...DOH. It's the little things that bother me!


'65 Goat


Lt1 Caprice wagon. Owner said he'd visit the forum


GORGEOUS low-mile Iroc Ragtop


6cyl Firebird ragtop. Swoopy last-years 3rd-gen body flares


Clean '83 Z-28. My Dad looked long and hard at this. Had yet to see "his" Z28 yet. No t-tops and base interior, but CLEAN!


Gotta love 2nd-gen F-bodies!


Fast Times at Ridgemont High-era Z-28


One of the few Impalas....where have they all gone?


Reminds me of the car chase in The Seven-Ups




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Looked right out of the 70's




Pretty little Firebird Esprit


Monte SS Eliminator Edition


Wild Olds


Clean Fleetwood


Hey I like Bonnys!


This poor Hurst was neglected, worn, and full of rust. Sad.


Gorgeous '79 Bonneville Brougham Coupe. Sadly 301-powered...



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'66 Caprice....flat cool


Bozo's Bug?


Awesome show









This was in one of the parking areas on the way out. CLEAN! Love the colors!



Shook hands with Tim as we got ready to head for New Jersey. Again big thanks for the hospitality and putting up with my grouchy son and my car-madness!


We loaded up and headed for New Jersey next. My father did not like living in New Jersey and had vowed never to go back, and his mood blackened the closer we got to the Delaware water gap. Dad's an Arkansas/Texas guy, and he got stuck in NJ from 1985-1997. Was only supposed to be there two years, but his job changed, and not in a positive way. He finally retired and moved down to Austin. The house my parents had there in NJ had a gravel driveway, and the day they were leaving to move back to Texas, my then 50's-aged Dad did a full handstand on those rocks in that driveway. Mom has the pic...ahahaha!

Anyway we got almost to the PA border and the highway was shut down to one-lane. It took a full hour to go the last few miles. Did not help my Dad's mood. Happily once we crossed into the state the road opened up, and Ben's condo was not too far in. My Dad loves Ben, and not just because Ben is giving him a Camaro. I've known Ben since we were kids, so Dad has known him for years too. Ben is a car nut, and also rides motorcycles, and my Dad, Ben and I have ridden the Texas hill country and in Arkansas. We always have a good time, and Dad's mood brightened when we got to Ben's. Ben showed us his new condo, very nice and casual/comfy, and introduced us to his two cats...both Dad and Eddie love cats, and by now the mood was much better.

Ben has a gorgeous 14K-mile '06 Pontiac GTO, Spice Red with the 6-spd, and he took Dad, Eddie and I to dinner in it at Five Guys Burgers in Flemington. Ben opened the GTO up a few times and really romped on it, and had us all smiling and laughing out loud. Good time, good dinner, good friends. Dad and I were both amazed at how much Flemington and that entire area of Jersey have grown. That was "the country"when we lived there, and now it's all resteraunts and strip malls and such.

Visited with Ben for a few hours that night and then sacked out.
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Ok, now lets get to the real reason for this trip.

Sunday April 28th. Chatham NJ - Buchanan Virginia

Got up at Ben's at 8:30 Sunday morning, packed up, had some GOOD coffee, and headed for his parents house about 20-miles away in Chatham. Ben handed me the GTO keys and Dad followed Ben, Eddie and I in the Denali. Say what you will about the styling, the '04-06 GTO FLAT RUN and are a ball to drive! Big thanks to Ben for letting me play a bit.


Between Tim's wagon and Ben's GTO, I am totally wanting a 6-spd car now!

Dad and I were both nervous. Neither of us had seen the Z28 or Blazer in years. Happily, what we found was better than we both expected.

First, the Blazer was outside. Eddie was so excited he about broke the GTO seat trying to get out.


The Blazer was dirty and needed a bath and a wax, had been sitting outside there since Christmas and looked it, and the battery was dead. Eddie could care less, he was all smiles.

I gave it a once-over with Ben. The tires are new Michelins, nubbins still on them. The body is very solid. A few small rust bubbles above one front fender and on one section of the roof, a small dent in the tailgate. Front bumper slightly askew. The inside is actually really clean. Seats not ripped, carpet nice. Needs a headliner and a dash cap. Other than that, a lot better than I imagined.






We popped the hood and put the battery on the charger. I was pleased to see a new water pump, new belts, and new hoses. The coolant was nice and green and the tranny fluid was bright red. Heh-Heh! Put the battery charger to START and sent Eddie to turn the key. The 350 fired right up, no smoke, no knock, OK THEN! Eddie is now happier than I've seen him in ages.


I put Eddie to work changing the oil. I did look under the Blazer, and it's pretty crusty. Will have to look closer down here later.

Éddie got his first rust-in-the-eyeballs changing the oil. He's been spoiled with Texas cars....
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While Eddie was occupied with the Blazer, Ben, Dad and I went over to the garage and raised the door. The Z28, last on the road in 1999, was sitting there, covered in dust. There are few finer feelings than pulling a neat old car out of a garage after it's sat for years. Here is as we found it.





This Camaro belonged to Ben's college girlfriend, Michelle, and it''s kind of cool to see the stickers in the rear window. Her high school parking pass is still there, along with a police PBA sticker and a Lycoming sticker, where both she and Ben went to college. Pretty wild. History. Her Dad bought her a new 1996 Firebird and Ben bought the Z28 from him, rather than letting him trade it in.





I jacked up the car and climbed under. It has some crust on it, but is very solid for a Jersey car. I was able to pull the driveshaft with no issues.


Here are Dad and Ben, just after airing up all the Camaro's tires and getting ready to roll it out for the first time in years. Dad is HAPPY! Ha!


The body on the Camaro is very nice. The paint still shines, and there is no surface rust. The only damage is the driver's side front fender is crinkled. The plastic bumper is ok, will just need a fender once we get the car running.

Ben, while we were looking the car over, went to the basement numerous times and filled up both the Camaro and the Blazer with spare parts. I mean a LOT of spare parts. A new leather-wrapped Camaro wheel and shifter, new weatherstripping, a box full or radios, a spare set of wheels, and on and on. Still have not sorted through it all. Amazing!

The Camaro rolled, and being careful not to touch the brakes for fear of locking them, we pushed the car out. No issues. Backed the tow dolly up and hit snag # 1....the car sat too low to get it on the dolly without damaging the air dam. We decided to make ramps, and Ben found a long 2x6 board. We could not find a saw however, and ended up cutting it in half with a jigsaw...ahahaha! Poor little jigsaw...about burned it up!

With our wood ramps we were able to use the come-along and finally get the Camaro on the dolly. It JUST fit. Was almost too wide.



With the Camaro loaded we said our goodbyes and thank you's to Ben, and Dad got in the Denali, and Eddie and I got in the Blazer. We made it to Hwy 78 with no issues and headed for PA.

OK, now about the Blazer...I made some instant discoveries. First, happily, it ran, shifted, and stopped fine, but hitting a bump caused it to bound all over the place, both up and down and left and right...and in general on anything but smooth roads is rides like a pogo stick. Eddie of course is loving it and laughing out loud. I'm thinking of how I'm going to feel after 1800 miles of this.

Also I found more than a few things are DOA. The power locks will unlock, but not lock. The driver's door power window does not work...thank goodness for the vent window. Passenger window works, but it's slooowww. Also, the rear tailgate window is frozen in place, so we can't open the tailgate. The cruise-control does not work, and more upsetting, the a/c is dead, and the cassette player does not work, and the radio will not pick up anything, even though I get static....antenna unplugged?? Oh and with a full tank of gas the fuel gauge is WAY overfull, and Ben warned me that at 1/2 showing on the gauge, the tank is empty. Ok then.

The engine however runs fine. 30-40psi on the oil gauge, running cool and good volts.

Gas in NJ is actually chaper than in PA. It was $3.44 in Elizabethtown PA, the highest we saw on the trip. it's $3.19 in NJ. As badly as my Dad wants to get out of NJ, he agrees to stop at the truck stop just outside Phillipsburg to fill up. Well here we have another issue...in NJ you can't pump your own gas, and I tell the gas jocky to put $40 in the Blazer, and he accidently scans my card for $400! DANG! He's sorry, but we have to call Wells Fargo to sort it out. Dad goes into another tirade about how STUPID NJ is...such fun.

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Took these pics waiting for the credit card issue to be sorted out.



We finally get the bank to promise my card will be refunded and I will not have a problem on the trip home, and get back on the road. Here we are crossing the Delaware Water Gap from NJ to PA. Dad is on the walkie-talkie yelling YIPPEE!


As we get into PA the temps, which have been in the 70's, fall to the 50's, and soon it starts raining. Happily the wipers on the Blazer are new and work fine...even the delay works.


Eddie talks, and talks, and talks. He has BIG PLANS for his Blazer, and I tell him he better get a lown-mowing business going when we get home ASAP. At least with all Eddie's talking I'm not missing the radio too much.

We pass Harrisburg and Carlisle, and I'm tickled that the Blazer is doing just fine. Gauges are reading normal, and it will do 65mph with no problem. We stop in Chambersburg for a bathroof break and I check fluids on both trucks. All are fine. Raining and cold now, but the heater in the Blazer would fire pottery.

We cross out of PA, into Maryland and West Virginia, and finally into Virginia at dusk. I check in with Jim to give him the latest update, and we drive for about an hour and finally stop for gas about 9pm.

While the Blazer and Denali are filling up I pop the hood on the trucks to check fluids. Denali is a little low on oil. Will have to get a quart at Wal-Mart later. Other than that, fine. The oil in the Blazer is full and clean. I then pull the trans dipstick...and there is nothing on it. What? I stick it again....dry. I start the truck and tell Eddie to look under it, and Eddie yells DADDY! DADDY! DADDY! SHUT IT OFF!!!!

Oh Boy....

I get the flashlight and am greeted by a pool or red tranny fluid under the truck. The engine is wet, the axle is wet, the trans is wet, the floorpan is wet. Oh man! I have a small panic attack....it's 9pm on Sunday night, nothing is open, and we're still well over a 1000 miles from home. I begin to kick myself for being stupid and trying to take a vehicle like this across the country... The trans is blown, I just know it. Now what.....?

I take a few breathes and calm down. I need to at least see where the leak is coming from. I get the flashlight, toss a towel on the ground and slide under, and tell Eddie to start the truck. What I see surprises me. There are two tranny cooler lines that run beside the engine oil pan. They are rusty, and a small pinhole-stream of fluid is spraying straight up from one of the lines, hitting the engine block just under the exhaust manifold, and then the fluid is running back down the engine. The hole is tiny, and I can stop it with my finger. Hmmmm.

First I try what any man would....DUCT TAPE. It works for a few seconds and then the fluid begins to leak out of the tape. Dang. Next I think I could cut the line and splice in a rubber hose, but I don't have a way to cut the line...and no hose either. Hmmmm.

I'm now soaked in trany fluid and filthy. My Dad is watching all this...giving me room. I walk over and pop the hood on the Camaro...look around, and have a "lightbulb"moment. I loosen the hose clamp from the radiator overflow bottle hose at the radiator, and cut about two inches off it, then slide the hose back on the radiator, and take my 2-inch hose and clamp over to the Blazer. I cut the rubber hose lengthwise, slide it over the rusty metal cooler line, and then open the clamp, and install the clamp on the hose directly over where the leak was. I then have Eddie start the Blazer....and it WORKS! No leak. I'm astounded. The gas station has trans fluid for $5 a quart, and it takes 2-1/2 quarts to get it filled, but it holds for the rest of the trip. Amazing. This is the ONLY failure on the entire trip.

Here I am, covered in trans fluid, post-redneck-repair happy.


We press on to Buchanan Virginia, just north of Roanoke, and splurge on a nice clean newer hotel. The shower feels AMAZINGLY good. As does the bed. I'm asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.

Monday April 29th. Buchanan VA to Jonesboro Arkansas.

There is a Waffle House next to our hotel, and I treat Eddie and Dad to a huge greasy breakfast. Heaven. Good coffee too. I then get the bright idea to look in the box of radios Ben gave us, and sure-enough, there is a Delco cassette that is a twin of the one in the Blazer.

In the parking lot of the gas station next to the hotel, I remove the Blazer's dash bezel and radio. Having owned a '78 Silverado pickup years back, I know this routine, and it's all the same. I'm surprised to see the antenna is in fact plugged in the original radio. Hmm. I have to swap over some of the mounting hardware from the original radio to the one from the box, but in a few minutes I plug the new radio in, install the antenna, and turn the key, and am greeted to four speakers telling me God is Great, Beer is Good, and People are Crazy. I have a radio that works. Ha!

Here we are in the parking lot installing the radio


We get on the road at 10am. Eddie tries the cassette player, and it works...for almost 20-seconds, and then it eats my Traveling Wilbury's cassette I've had since high school. Dang! Back to the FM radio...that's ok, it's better than silence for sure!

We pass Roanoke and head into southern Virginia. Really pretty, and the clouds begin to break up and temps warm up. Cruising now and enjoying the views







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We stop for gas just north of the Tennessee state line, and there is a car wash behind the station. It's just too much of a temptation for us to pass up!


Eddie insists he be the first person to wash his Blazer. My heart fills with pride. Ha!



And Dad and I are both glad to get all that dust off the Camaro finally!!!




On the road again...sadly we blew some paint off the Blazer's hood! But at least it's a lot cleaner now!



Turning into a gorgeous day!



Crossing into Tennessee



Just past Knoxville, heading toward Oak Ridge. Been quite the nuclear vacation!


Passing Oak Ridge


Tennessee is a GORGEOUS STATE!



Frozen Head State Park?? There's a story there I bet.....

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We pass Nashville at dusk and I call Jim to check in. My father has a cousin that runs a KOA Campground in Dickson, just west of Nashville, and he has not seen him in over 20 years. Dad calls him and he tells us to stop at the Johnny Cash rest area just past Dickson. We do, and my Dad and he talk for almost an hour while I visit with his wife. They were close as kids and it's really neat to see my Dad having so much fun...with someone his own age! Ha!





We get back on the road at about 10pm, and folks, the next four hours are a blur. Eddie rode with my Dad in the Denali, and it took all my energy to stay awake. One eye kept closing. Soda didn't help, chips didn't help, opening the vent window all the way didn't help. I swear I barely remember hitting Memphis and crossing the river sometime after midnight, and the hour drive to Jonesboro is a haze. I followed Dad's taillights. It was the most tired I'd ever been while driving. We pulled into my aunt's at about 1:30am. I slept like a stone.

Monday April 30th - Jonesboro Arkansas to Round Rock Texas.

Dad woke Eddie and I at 9:30. Later than we'd planned, but we needed the rest. After couches and hotels, the big soft bed at my aunt's home was heaven. I love her house. It's an old farnmhouse in the trees, and they have a converted barn/garage and some property where they once raised Christmas Trees, but they stopped years ago and now there are HUGE towering trees back there. Took this pics that morning.



Here we are at 10:30 leaving for Texas. Final Day!


Just south if Jonesboro you fall onto the Mississippi River Delta part of the state. It is FLAT AS A PANCAKE and quite a change from the views of the past few days.





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BALD KNOB. Got to love Arkansas!


Do you think Eddie likes his new toy?


We stopped for lunch in Little Rock and then headed east into the pine hills. It's amazing how much of a contrast there is between the delta part of Arkansas and the southwestern hills!


Bill Clinton's sign in Hope Arkansas. Where's Monica's sign?


And then, 2 1/2 hours later.... Could it really be?? YEP! TEXAS BABY!!


Ah Texarkana....only 6-1/2 hours from home!


SO GOOD TO BE HOME! Have not seen this sign for a week!


Texas....Wide Open Spaces!



We may not have green mountains but our sunsets are hard to beat!



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