in the end, photos are the only evidence i bring home that a road trip was taken.
i've arranged the photos into two loose groups; group drives and solo trips. group drives are fairly straightforward; tours and rallies where i'm on the road with other people, all of us participating in a social drive. they're great and i'm doing every one that i can. solo trips are different in quality. sometimes i drive out and come back without much human contact, but most times i'm nominally going to visit someone(s) (eg. friends in Santa Fe) and so the focus of the trip varies.
josh and i have done a number of road trips together, one or two are below. one trip was an 11,000 mile loop around the US, in 1996. took us six weeks. San Francisco to Seattle, east through WA, ID, SD (Sturgis during bike week, pure coincidence), Dearborn MI to visit josh's family, then to MA to visit mine, then Atlanta (brother), Gulf Coast, New Orleans, Tucson?, Los Angeles then back to San Fran. all in the propane-powered Rambler wagon, zero breakdowns, one oil change. i suppose i should scan those photos.
but trips josh and i take are more family vacation than road trip as i'm
presenting here, and so i'm not documenting those in the same way.
i arranged the Fool's Errand TT tour/drive in June 2019 when another customary event didn't happen. it worked out pretty well. i'll probably do one again next year.
Tad organizes the SoCal TT event, spring (two wheels) and fall (four wheels). sometimes vehicles with the wrong number of wheels participate. as an early test of Ride With GPS i plotted the 2018 Fall SoCal TT routes, visible here:
the California Melee OMFGihadsomuchfun in 2018 damn right i'm going again if they'll have me. all that remains is this disorganized pile of photos. it's a three-day event, plus for me a day up and a day back.
the rally, not the
track races (those are fun too). i drove the 24 Hours of LeMons Hell on Wheels
Rally 2016 with David and Jim Forbes in their Edsel. here's a video ("Still
life with Edsel") of the entire four day drive reduced to one hour. starting
in Monterey, over the Sierras, to Fallon, Ely, Las Vegas, Death Valley,
Bakersfield, Central Valley, Santa Cruz, back to Monterey for "Car Weak". four
days, some 1200 miles. same as below, on
in May 2008 four of us raced our '93 Escort LX at Altamont. we had a blast.
|SoCal TT, October 2017|
|Arizona, 2018, Chuck and Tina's drive to Grand Canyon Caverns|
|Mount Baldy, Jan 2019, an improptu new year's day drive with HAMBers|
some trips are more interesting than others, and some have stories within them, mundane or otherwise. i intend to expand on these.
the results of a desert dance party, aug 2018 that didn't work out as planned but ended up something interesting anyway.
a research trip to Essex Army Airfield, December 2009 in the '63 Rambler Classic wagon.
14 nov 2014, on I10E, E. of Blythe, heading to Tucson
before 1997 i lived in San Francisco, 1998 and 1999 in Tucson AZ, from 2000 on in Los Angeles. as mentioned above, these aren't strictly solo-by-myself but i put them here for now.
|Santa Fe, 2000, for Erika's TERRIBLE BEAUTY show opening. drive photos only, not much.|
|Los Alamos NM, 2000|
|Santa Fe, 2002|
|camping with Josh and Molly, Independence CA 2005|
|Panamint Valley, 2016|
|southwest road trip, Jun 2017, long trip through AZ and NM|
|Tucson, Mar 2017|
|Highway 39, sep 2018, to Falling Springs, up towards Angeles Crest Highway|
|Los Alamos CA (not NM), apr 2019, a "drive and tune" (carburetor) and scouting trip|
the images below are from various road trips that i had pulled out (duplicates, probably, but not certainly) for some reason now forgotten. probably i just liked them better than the rest.