Back in December my car got hit by the Harvard Road Egg Squad. early this morning, they were at it again. This time, however, I think I got most of the egg cleaned off without problem. The last hit caused some damage to the already slghtly weak paint that I have had to touch up a couple times.
The car hit 100,000 miles as I hit 6th and Iowa coming home from Kennedy Glass after replacing the Spark Plugs, wires, and the air filter.
I noticed a falloff in fuel mileage, and wanted to be proactive to prevent any problems. The spark plugs were visibly worn to the point where the excessive gap was visible. The air filter had not been replaced since I bought her.
Back in March, I went to the Treasurer’s office and applied for the new personalized “Vanity” tags. I paid the fee and went on my way.
Today, I went to the courthouse to renew my tags and pick up the new plates. My car now carries my “handle” of ‘ROUTE56’
Here’s a shot of the front plate. In Kansas, vanity plates are presented in pairs, even though only the rear plate is technically required. I’m holding on to it until I can mount it where it belongs 🙂
At Colby, Kansas tonight
Parts of old US 24 are still maintained by the Colorado Department of Transportation, including a short segment east of Burlington apparatntly to access a CDOT maintaince facility. It’s hard to tell what part of the frontage road is state maintained, as the pavement is consistant, if a little rough, all the way to the border. In addition, westbound traffic on old 24 encounters a “Welcome to Colorful Colorado” sign.
There’s an old rodeside park on old 24 between Burlington and the border. All that’s there is a fire pit, which has a plaque dedicated to the Blue Star Memorial Highway
two days on the road…. we’ve made it to the Quality Suites at Evergreen Parkway on the west side of Denver.
When fueling up in Wakeeney, the Phillips 66 station offered 89 Octane gas as regular, and 90 for midgrade. Ethanol fuel, anyone.
At Goodland, several members of a car colector club happened to be travelling back to Denver. The group dove around in classic Fords and Mercurys.
when attending a meeting on the new US 59 freeway, I was reconized by two folks there, one a retired KDOT engineer, another one of the KDOT reps there….
I left Lawrence after 7:15, and headed to Kansas City to “find” Ben. I found him, and he informed me that personal issues had come up (namly, relatives in and the baby is trying to come out early.
I leave the metro by heading down the “Freeway of Love,” AKA US 69. Four-laning of the highway is complete from Louisburg to 359th. Both Carriageways have been paved with concrete. South of 359th to the Linn County Line, work includes grade-seperations of the current intersections. In Linn County, it appears to have insufficient ROW to four-lane, this probably means KDOT will have to purchase it (I’m presuming this *has* been financed)
I turned east on K-52/MO 52 to catch US 71. I caught a pic of a bridge on Miami Creek west of Butler.
I also made a run around through Neosho to kill a little time (I was at the US 71/I-44 interchage at 11, I said noon 🙂 I took MO 59 south to where it re-joins US 71 at Neosho, turned back north to Joplin
I arrived at Pizza by Stout at Noon. The younger David Backlin was already there, and the Older David soon followed. We all tried to get separate tables, but we settled for a corner booth while we talked shop and had the Pizza Buffet. After Lunch, Young David and his friend departed, but not before I got a couple pics outside. I cleared a spot for the older David in the shotgun spot in my Buick.
We went west on MO 66 out to Galena. We made a loop around on a bypassed section of 66, then turned south of 26 (along the entire route) and turned east onto an older stretch of 166 that returned us to Joplin, to which we turned north of 71 toward Carthage.
In Carthage, we headed north on MO 571 (stopping at a roundabout for
pics) to MO 96 which, besides being an extension of “Hockaday’s number,” is also part of the old route 66. Along the route (on the old pavement) are three truss bridges: One single-span thru truss, one three-span pony, and one single-span pony.
At Halltown, we turned south on the “lettered roads” to MO 174, which itself was a part of 166. 174 heads due west until 44 cuts across. From there, 166 ran along what is now I-44, and portions of the old
route are still used as “outer road.” We followed the old two-lane 166 route until it ended, then rejoined 44 back to Joplin.
After bringing David back to his vehicle, I headed back to Galena. There was a interesting sign for the Will Rogers Turnpike (!) just south of the 26/66 intersection. I got a pic of the Will Rogers sign, along with the north end of K-26 (got the south end on the “first pass”), then headed for US 69A at Riverton. From Riverton, I turned north to the US 69/160/400 Junction, and turned east on Old K-96 back to Missouri. I
turned north at 43 to a lettered road, then headed back to 71. There was a pony truss bridge on the route I was on, but didn’t get a pic. I took 71 north to the Grandview Triangle, then 435 and K-10 home
Total miles on the Buick: 595, with good mileage 🙂
Last friday, I purchaed a new Car Stereo for the Park Avenue
Today, I had it installed.
I had a little bit of time to listen to the new stereo (both the radio and CD). It sounds good.
Now, I just neet to find a place for the old unit…
The Harvard Road egg squad did their random attack and struck my car. I had to go over to the car wash (in sub-freezing conditions) and get it off.
Damage to the paint appears to be minimal. The paint came off in a couple of small spots around where one of the eggs struck on the rear quarter panel. I had other spots on the doors and roof before the egging, and was already planning a session with the touch up paint….
On my way home from Union Station (see yesterday’s blog entry), I jiggled around with the wire running between the swith and the cruise control on the PA. I set the cruise at 65, and lo and behold, the darn thing finally works (and I located the “Cruise” light that turns on with the cruise control)
One less thing to worry about. I think I got most of the “kinks” out of this car. The paint job still needs to be touched up.