Aaron (Euro Nation) and I flew out last Sunday night, arrived in Albany, NY about 9am Monday to drive a car home for a friend of ours.
Here's the car after washing it.
Why would we wash a car before driving it across the country you ask? Simple, the black wasn't doing it for us. We like our S4's in Nogaro blue.
Problem is we couldn't afford paint....
This should do the trick. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
4 hours, one pizza and 4 and a half rolls of tape later we were ready to hit the road.
We didn't have any plates so I figured I'd make one so we didn't get pulled over.
That should keep the coppers away.
It ended up being more like 3250 miles or something.
Didn't take long before we saw something interesting, a big rig and some flashing lights.... this should be good, I got out the camera...
Whoops. Looks like a job opening if anyone's interested..
Not a lot more going on that night picture wise, got some fuel, stuck up some stickers and discovered the truth behind the toll highways.
The way I see it, Mcdonalds puts up these highways they trap you on and the only thing to eat is mcdonalds and dunkin donuts. Your tolls go towards building the (I think they called them) Service Areas on every exit. They sure as hell don't go towards fixing the screwed up roads.
So you're trapped on this beat up highway that you have to pay to drive on and you're stuck eating whatever they want you to eat, which happens to me mcdonalds. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG]
We starved ourselves til later that night when we saw a Denny's. Not much better but I'll eat dog food before I'll eat Mcdonalds.
Stomachs slightly upset we head out of New York with Aaron driving while I sleep off the jet-lag so I can drive later while he gets some sleep. Halfway through Ohio I wake up and inform Aaron he's going to have to pull over cause that food isn't sitting well.
He says "You gotta ****?" I said "I'm not sure which end, but it wants out." He pulls over and I say "I hope this doesn't take long, I hate the feeling of waiting to vomit." I step out of the car, stand up and shoot half digested eggs, hash browns and french toast a good 3-4 feet in front of me.
Lucky for you guys Aaron couldn't find his camera fast enough.
2 kids dressed in all black standing next to a $40k car covered in tape on the side of the Ohio turnpike at 3am. One kid projectile vomiting while the other one tries to take pictures. I'm sure that was quite a site for passers by.
We find somewhere I can brush my teeth and finish emptying my insides and get back on our way. Aaron drove a bit more then we pulled over and both slept for the night.
The next day I drove while Aaron tried for a little more sleep.
Got into Chicago, if you live there, I'm sorry. What a terrible place. If I hadn't swerved for a few spots the s4 wouldn't have an oil pan anymore and we'd be pushing it back home.
All kinds of bad drivers and rusty cars. Saw this guy rollin fat rabbits style.
I guess his springs rusted and broke or something.
By this time (probably noonish) we were both starving (no food since the Denny's I puked up the night before) and the car was low on fuel so we pulled off a random exit to search for a fuel station and some eats as they didn't have any signs telling you were to find anything.
After a few blocks of no restaurants or fuel stations I spotted a home depot. I slammed on the brakes, cut off 2 other cars and turned into the parking lot. A home depot? Yeah, a home depot.
I did the front wheel while Aaron resentfully (it was only 20 something degrees with strong winds. ) did the rear wheel then the front plate.(good idea ) A couple guys came by and asked us if we were going to rob a bank. I told them "Maybe "
I also picked up a new marker cause the old sharpie was getting tired and we added more scribblings on the car.
We found some food, a little fuel and booted up Google Earth on the laptop to find our way back on the freeway cause there was no entrance back onto the highway we came off of.
While Aaron was on the internets I told him to go to roadsideamerica.com and find some stuff to check out.
First spot we hit was an exit in Wisconsin where we spotted our first cow.
It was a pretty happening place. We found a couple other landmarks..
The elephant rockin nerd goggles was my personal favorite.
I touched this picture up in photoshop cause there was writing all over him. Aaron tried to point out the irony of me stickering it but blue tape peels off.
More roadside oddities we caught along the way.
It's a pizza delivery PT loser with a moose humping it.
Aaron playing the internets whilst the large mouse gets his cheese on.
The biggest Sinclair dinosaur I've ever seen.
Our first muffler man of the trip. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] Someone turned him into a cowboy. He was behind a fuel station in North Dakota.... or was it Wisconsin?
Aaron took over driving again and I got some sleep. We got into Montana and he decided he was tired so we stopped to switch and I spotted this..
I stopped for fuel again and spotted this..
Their sign is melting.
Aaron spotted a giant cow from the freeway, still not sure how I missed it but we took the next exit and found this...
That's a lotta cow.
The car.... with nothing but flat behind it.
Look, more nothing!
We grabbed another random exit just for fun and found this body shop with some cool cars out front.
From there we drove around town a bit more searching for more cars. We actually found some VWs. Our first rabbits on the trip.
Through the trees Aaron found what we thought was a wrecking yard so we went to check it out..
Turns out it was this guys yard, we talked to him for a half hour or so and snapped a bunch of pictures. I didn't get as many pictures as I would've liked cause it was about 18 degrees out with all kinds of wind. The guy was really cool. He took us in his shop and showed us a bunch of old pictures of cars he's owned and painted and worked on. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
It was kinda weird to find this sitting on the ground....
Don't see these too often...
I would've liked to get more, better pictures but it was cold and we were talking to the guy.
Random tractor on a stick.
Another random exit in search of food brought us a buick..
And this beauty was just sitting in front of an antique shop.
Should've brought a trailer.
In the middle of nowhere there's nothing to do but drive on the wrong wide of the road to entertain yourself.
We saw a sign for the "Enchanted highway" it was supposed to have giant statues so we pulled off and went a ways til we found the first sculpture..
Now that I look at the website we should've stayed on it and saw more stuff but it would've taken us out of our way and after a ways of no statues we turned back.
I got bored so I started playing with tape.
Got my bad boy boser blik on....
I couldn't see very well but that's ok. There was nothing to look at.
It wouldn't fit in one post. See next post for the rest.....