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7mg2 Andrew Hardie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1969 MG MGC GT "Mr "C"
1972 MG Midget MkIII
Donna and I stuck around in Louisville for a couple of extra days after MG2016, while Henri and Nicole travelled to Columbus Ohio to visit friends.

On Friday we took one of the shorter "self drives" ( it's a long drive home after all ) out of the book given to us at the convention. Some beautiful scenery and twisty MG roads totalling 60 odd miles NE of Louisville, most roads being smooth asphalt, some even newly paved. A good number of these roads offered plenty of shade, so despite the hot afternoon it was comfortable in the car.

Our evening was spent getting ready for another car the British Car Club of Louisville"s annual British Bash, back at Waterfront Park tomorrow.



Andy

NAMGBR# 20-7738
AMGCRA# 1678



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7mg2 Andrew Hardie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1969 MG MGC GT "Mr "C"
1972 MG Midget MkIII
Saturday 18 June

Back to Waterfront Park for another car show.

A better showing for me today.............a first in class for Chrome bumper Spridget's, eclipsing Jack Orkin's lovely '74, which eclipsed me in Thurday's show at MG2016.
Once again, a great gathering of top notch Midgets ( mostly....a couple of Sprites were present also ), so this one was sweet.
The local club were impressed several " out of towners " including us, had stayed in town for their show.
There were some very high quality early MG's, and the largest gathering of AC Cobra clones I think I've ever witnessed.

A great show with something over 100 cars gathered.

Back at the hotel by 5 pm, and preparing for the start of the trip home tomorrow, and a rendezvous with Henri and Nicole in Auburn Indiana.



Andy

NAMGBR# 20-7738
AMGCRA# 1678


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MGBGTee Gold Member Henri Lefebvre
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
Day 13, Monday, June 20, 2016 ,

Today is humid hot day, about 90 f.

We begin the day slowly, with a short drive and walk downtown Auburn, IN, and pause for coffee at the local coffee shop. We then we head to the National Auto and Truck Car Museum (NATMUS) and the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum (ACD). Andy has been to both more than once and guides us and provides commentaries. The NATMUS has a fun variety of cars and trucks, whereas the ACD is simply awesome. The building itself is a nice sample of Art Deco and the automobiles, ranging from about 1910 to 1938, are unbelievable. There are also a variety of newer significant automobiles to round-out the collection. After a couple of hours of looking at the this enormous collection it seems the mind cannot absorb it anymore.
After a lunch stop, we resumed our drive west, and even encountered some refreshing rain; we stopped in Hebron IN for the night.
Over dinner, we reminisce again about the fantastic vehicle collections we saw.

Below: The ACD Museum, site of the original manufacturing and offices; a record setting Auburn, Frank Lloyd Wright's Cord, and a Duesenberg.



Henri Lefebvre
Calgary, Alberta

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7mg2 Andrew Hardie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1969 MG MGC GT "Mr "C"
1972 MG Midget MkIII
Day 14 June 21

From Hebron we continued our progress westward using non interstate roads in order to give Chicago and environs as wide a berth as possible. There are some treasures to be found on the back roads, and having spent a chunk of my life plying my way around major routes all over the USA and Canada in an 18 wheeler, I'm relying heavily on Googlemaps GPS to find those less travelled. Henri and Nicole are brave souls to trust themselves to a guide who's essentially flying blind.
Today's treasures were found on county roads not always found on official State maps, as well as generally excellent US highways. One of our gas stops happened to be on a poorly marked stretch of the famous Route 66 in small town Indiana.

We are finally getting to enjoy some cooler temperatures, and things are definitely more comfortable in the car. We actually had the top down today.

Today's target destination was to be Madison Wisconsin for Henri to purchase some new shocks for the GT at Peter and Jane Caldwell's World Wide Auto Parts. The quality of these things is legendary, and Peter gave us an explanation on the improvements he makes to the original Armstrong design to eliminate their tendency to leak. He also gave us a quick tour of the parts warehouse, an eye opener indeed.
Being a bit late in the day to forge further west after our stop at World Wide, we elect to stay the night in Madison and plan a later than normal start tomorrow, for the 1 hour drive out to Spring Green Wisconsin and our pre booked 12 noon tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin.

After only logging 128 miles yesterday due to the museum visits, we manage a whopping 214 today.



Andy

NAMGBR# 20-7738
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7mg2 Andrew Hardie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1969 MG MGC GT "Mr "C"
1972 MG Midget MkIII
Day 15 June 22.

We start our third week away from home with a cool cloudy morning and the threat of rain. Before getting out of Madison, Andy heads for an exit off the freeway to find safe refuge to erect the top with some help from Henri as the rain comes on strong.
Returning to the freeway, we plod along slowly through major construction in the pouring rain. Once clear of the city, the rain subsides, and eventually stops before reaching Spring Green.
With a little time to spare, we make a side trip to The House on The Rock, a local curiosity developed over the past 50 years or so just south of Teliesin. Rick Ingram and Peter Caldwell had made the suggestion we stop for a look if time permitted. Unfortunately we only had time to drive in, park, and check out the reception and ticketing area before heading back to Taliesin and our noon tour appointment.

Teliesin is in the spectacular Wisconsin River valley surrounded by lush farms and wooded areas. The house and other buildings on the estate blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. The tour we have purchased is a guided 2 hour house and grounds tour. Group sizes are small to prevent crowding within the house itself.
I would like to have lingered longer in many areas of the house and grounds. Wright's use of the surrounding landscape to create this residence makes it a place that is hard to leave. Magnificent.

Too soon, it is time to resume our journey home. A brief stop at the tour and information center ( a former restaurant designed by Wright, and later bought by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation ) for lunch and some souvenirs is in order first though, followed by a fuel stop in Spring Green.

Once back on the road, we deviate from US 14 onto Wisconsin 60 so that we can experience some more of this beautiful valley before coming to the Mississippi which we will follow up to LaCrosse, our planned night stop.

24 miles west of Spring Green, all hell breaks loose on a particularly rough section of route 60, as Andy's right rear wheel decides to part company with the car. ( I briefly thought I had a flat tire ) A brief rodeo breaks out as the car slithers and slides half on its belly after being launched into the air momentarily as the rear of the car climbs over the departing wheel.
Once at the side of the road, we determine that everyone in both cars are none the worse for wear, and an inspection of the downed corner shows that ALL of the wheel studs have broken, 3 of them within the hub, the 4th breaking as the wheel left as the stub of it still remained.

It was a frustrating 3 hours that followed, as we tried to find a flat bed tow truck to come out to tow the car. A local farmer whom the ladies found as they walked up the road out of sight, told us of a tow in a neighbouring town after AAA proved useless. A call to him had him on his way to us quickly, and on arrival he skillfully slid his deck under the wounded Midget rather than dragging the car onto the deck as some might have done.
He was equally skillful at depositing the car into a bay of his body shop where it could spend the night, before driving us to the local Ramada where we spent the night.

Drinking and story telling took place in the bar for some time once we had deposited our luggage in our rooms.
A great day with a less than ideal ending, but feeling lucky it wasn't much worse.

91 miles driven today.......................about 200 to 300 yards on three wheels.

Tomorrow we hunt for parts. The car needs 4 studs, 4 nuts and a brake drum so we can drive it home.



Andy

NAMGBR# 20-7738
AMGCRA# 1678


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7mg2 Andrew Hardie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1969 MG MGC GT "Mr "C"
1972 MG Midget MkIII
Day 16 June 23

The hunt for parts proves fruitful courtesy of Peter Caldwell in Madison who has everything needed on his shelves.

Henri puts MGBGTEE into taxi mode to ferry me in and out of Madison, with a brief stop on the way back to buy fresh strawberries ( and very good they were ).

By 14:30 the Midget is back on 4 wheels, ( the black painted spare is UGLY, but does a fair job of keeping the brake drum off the road ) and despite a more severe than normal tire rub with the fender on the left side, it is decided to drive it home.............carefully, and perhaps a little more slowly than normal. Lunch first, and then we're off via direct to LaCrosse. A detour on US 14 puts us on yet another scenic SW Wisconsin State highway, which feeds us back onto US14 as we enter LaCrosse. A short stint on the interstate to cross the mighty Mississippi and back on to the Great River Road for a scenic drive up the Minnesota side of the big river.
Nightfall sees us in Red Wing MN having covered 166 more miles towards home. Henri of course has done 150 or so more courtesy of the flying trip to Madison for parts.

Tomorrow we start early and try to find a way around Minnesota's twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, not wanting to hit the Interstate until absolutely necessary.



Andy

NAMGBR# 20-7738
AMGCRA# 1678



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7mg2 Andrew Hardie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1969 MG MGC GT "Mr "C"
1972 MG Midget MkIII
Day 17 June 24

The effort to avoid St Paul and Minneapolis involves crossing the river back into Wisconsin, but not before we are advised by a local while gassing up, to take a quick drive up to a local park overlooking the town, the river and the bridge to Wisconsin. Just up stream from the bridge is the tightest bend in the whole of the Mississippi River navigation system we are told.

The drive on the Wisconsin shore is gorgeous on smooth surfaced roads, and we run up to Stillwater to regain the Minnesota side, and suburbia for a while before hooking up with US10 to put the twin cities in the rear view mirror.
GPS makes this little exercise a breeze, and as we say goodbye to the mighty river, we brace ourselves for the long boring drive across the flat lands of western Minnesota and beyond.
We had Carrington North Dakota as a goal for today as we left the hotel in Red Wing, but our little side trip and slower than anticipated progress around the twin cities makes this a big "ask", so we settle for Jamestown instead, and once through Minnesota choose the interstate to up our average speed.

We settle in fairly early in Jamestown and cool off from another hot day in the car by spending some time in the pool, before dinner.
The feeling that our vacation is fast coming to an end is now very real, and a sense of urgency in getting home to Calgary intensifying.
There isn't much to distract us from here on in, so progress will be swift.

An enjoyable day with widely varied driving roads, our last with any promise of interesting roads to enjoy.

401 miles covered today.



Andy

NAMGBR# 20-7738
AMGCRA# 1678

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7mg2 Andrew Hardie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1969 MG MGC GT "Mr "C"
1972 MG Midget MkIII
Days 18 & 19. June 25 & 26

There really isn't anything earth shatteringly interesting to slow travel between Jamestown ND and Calgary, but it is more than can be done in one day, so a night stop in Moose Jaw was in order.

Save the Midget having insufficient gas to make Moose Jaw thanks to the Esso in Rouleau ( Dog River to you Corner Gas fans ) being OUT of all grades of gas, the trip back to Calgary went without incident. It was only a short round trip for Henri and I to fix the problem this time though, while the girls got cozy in the dead Midget, parked safely off the highway in a county gravel yard.

Our prayers for cooler weather were answered in such a way as to remind us "one should be careful what one asks for ".
Temperatures in the low double didgits with rain and wind made the final sprint for home a rather cold and miserable one, but the first time on this trip that I gave thanks for a working heater.

We arrived home in good time for supper having covered over 4200 miles in dead reliable cars ( well, except for the wheel deal ) on a trip of a lifetime..............a real adventure ..............and have tales to tell for the rest of our lives.

We're already looking forward to the next "adventure".............San Diego for MG2017.



Andy

NAMGBR# 20-7738
AMGCRA# 1678

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MGBGTee Gold Member Henri Lefebvre
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
I agree with Andy's comments on the last two days of the return trip; cooler driving weather, scenery that is less exciting and get home safely.
This was an absolutely fun trip, with plenty of new sites visited, great scenery and side trips and visits; definitely tales for a lifetime. It was a great pleasure to team up with Andy and Donna and have the opportunity to share our experiences along the way.
The MGB GT covered 4,765 miles and used less than a pint of oil and probably dripped as much coolant through the heater valve during a few stops when it was VERY hot; I am very pleased with that performance!
After a few days of rest and unpacking, we can now begin thinking about San Diego 2017, especially that Moss has a few cooling system improvement parts on special presently.
I also have to give the TR8 some attention, and prepare it for the European Meet on July 23rd and the All Triumph Drive In in Campbell River in August.



Henri Lefebvre
Calgary, Alberta

NAMGBR member 16-6307

71 MGB GT, Midnight Blue
80 TR8, Platinum Silver

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