Our Goal: The AROC Convention
Monday July 8th: Our day day began with gratefully cool weather. But that was in Yosemite, where we did a little more sightseeing.
The California Central Valley was once again headed towards 100º highs, and already in the 90's when we reached CA 99.
Rather than sloughing it up the sweltering valley to Sonoma, we decided to head right for the coast at Santa Cruz. It was another tough hot weather drive, punctuated by a cooling system dump. Self inflicted, in this case.
Back in Oklahoma, we hit a massive heat swell in the roadway, which nearly launched us. A hose clamp head on the oil breather tube came in contact with the hood when the engine bounced, and put a dimple in the spider's hood. (the new engine mounts raised it 1"). Ouch; only serious injury all the way across the country. Well, I rotated the clamp 45º so as to remove the possibility of it happening again. Four days later, the clamp had cut into the upper hose. Luckily, I had a spare in the trunk. The repair was quick (only two easily-accessible clamps), and the system accepted (and kept) a gallon of antifreeze and a gallon of water.
At that point, we were on the cooler coast, and we put the top down. And soon put our windbreakers on, as the temperature dropped all the way to the 50's near the Pacific.
The run up coastal Rt 1 was invigorating and scenic - admittedly not quite as spectacular as the PCH further south. It was getting late when we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and entered wine country.
The Convention's Alfa Parking Lot was nearly full by the time we arrived. What a marvelous sight!
The journey is over, and 'Old Reliable has once again carried us successfully across the country. A bit more dramatic than doing Rt 66 in a new SUV, but far more civilized than crawling along in a Model T.
- Michael & Kathy