Finished up a drive from eastern Oregon from our roundtrip there and back in the LS, which ran flawlessly. Once again convinced both of us that an automatic tranny Giulia would not be the same at all.
Had headed south before to see the "Great American Eclipse". Ended up at a rest stop down near Durkee pretty much on the centerline of the totality band, on I84 (south of Baker City) to see the totality on the morning of the 21st. The rest stop was totally jam packed with cars and campers parked on the gravel side roads on either side of the highway.
The eclipse was absolutely spectacular. Have seen partial eclipses, but this was the first totality. Trust me, a partial is nothing like totality. When the sun finally turned black (so to speak as the moon covered it completely), the solar corona popped out brilliantly, everything eerily going dark, Jupiter glowing brightly in the dark sky, not a car on the highway, just some semis with their lights on. Traffic on the highway wasn't bad afterwards except just south of Baker City on the northbound return trip, where they had one lane closed for construction in two places. Long lines there, otherwise 75-80 mph.
Next US total eclipse will be in 2024 running from Texas to New England. Hope to see that as well. Have already booked our stay with Barb's bro in Hartford (Vernon), lol. Total eclipses are NOT to be missed, they are that spectacular, all two minutes of the totality.
Drove to Enterprise and Joseph to see that area after first seeing it in the early 70's. Very pretty, with the Wallowa mountains backing up Joseph. Trouble was, there was heavy forest fire smoke in the air from fires in central Oregon blocking much of the viewing. It had been perfectly clear for the eclipse the day before.
Did have a chance to stop in and visit Virginia (Veronica) and Gary in Athena, Oregon, out in wheatland country. Great and interesting well traveled couple. They did have a couple of interesting friends visiting from the Czech Republic. That part of Oregon is nice looking land, but not much there except grain fields and an occasional little town. They are still getting set to do the clutch job on their 164. Always welcome in Seattle if they can make it up that far.
1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 08-24-2017 at 09:41 PM.