Ocean to Ocean in a T

The Centennial of the 1909 Ocean to Ocean Endurance Contest

Jon Griesenbeck
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  • Roanoke, Virginia
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This site is primarily for drivers, copilots, and support personnel for the ocean to ocean run. Friends do not need to be members in order to view content. Please indicate year and model car and relative association to this event.
JON GRIESENBECK (Driver) TOM HONER (Co-Driver) My brother Robert Griesenbeck will also join me on this trip. Driving a 1920 Model T Ford Coupe, with a Lane Gear Box and Rocky Mountain Brakes. This trip is being taken in the memory of Joe Chopski.


EURO-SPECIALTY INC. (Collision Repair Shop)
Special thanks to Willie Amos and Billy Laprade and
the rest of my staff that is making this trip possible. Also special thanks to Chris Walker who is running my office while I'm Gone. Dave Snow, Jeff Wendell, and John Baker are also helping out to make it easier on the staff THANKYOU!

My Wife: Janet
who has listened about this constantly for 5 straight years

Ralph and Irma Griesenbeck
My mom and Dad, dad will be with me the first day from NewYork to West Point, mom and my wife will follow in a modern vehicle. God Bless family.

Wonder Drug
Bea Chopski and Family
15818 Stewartsville Rd.
Vinton, Virginia 24179

FinishMaster (Paint & Supplies)
1930 Salem Ave
Roanoke, Virginia

Colonial Avenue Baptist Church
4165 Colonial Ave
Roanoke, Va 24018 (With Their Prayers)
"Powered with Prayer"

Magic City Ford
809 Williamson Road
Roanoke, Virginia 540-345-0911

ENTERPRISE rent-a-car
Melrose Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia
Any rental contact : 800-rent-a-car


Anchor Sales & Service Inc
Mike Trenor and gang
1425 Lynchburg Tpk
Salem, Va 540-389-4366

K.B Harris Construction
Kyle Harris

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Jon Griesenbeck commented on Willard Revaz's photo

Bob & Kevin

"Bob who's the guy your with?"
Jun 20, 2011
Jon Griesenbeck commented on Willard Revaz's photo

Bob & Doug enjoy some "Comfort"

"Bob you look the same (OLD) but Doug you look like a new man!   Bless you both!"
Jun 20, 2011
Jon Griesenbeck commented on Willard Revaz's photo

On the way home Fun!

"curbing your tires makes for one bad day!  "
Jun 20, 2011
Jon Griesenbeck posted a discussion

Posted my book on shutterfly of your trip

  I have posted my book of our trip on shutterfly so all can see and read.  www.oceantooceaninamodelt.shutterfly.com See More
May 13, 2011
Jon Griesenbeck commented on Gail A. Shafer Crane's blog post Clara gets a new body
"That's great a rebirth, need photos. Good luck Jon"
Nov 9, 2010
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O2O Reunion tour change requested by Dennis Flemming

Hi John,Martha and I have decided to invite everyone to Fairview Grocery for ice cream on the day we go to Luray. So here is the tour direction change.Leave Luray Cvaerns SOUTHEAST on CAVE HILL RD toward US-211    (0.1 mi.)GO THRU LIGHTCAVE HILL RD becomes NORTHCOTT DR (0.1 mi.)Turn LEFT onto US-211 BR/W MAIN ST. (1.6 mi.)   This is through the center of the Town of Luray you can stop and shop the antique stores and gift shops.Turn RIGHT at LIGHT onto RESERVOIR AVE.- RESERVOIR AVE becomes…See More
Jun 14, 2010
Jeremy R Wilkinson replied to Jon Griesenbeck's discussion 020 First Reunion Tour Map routes 4, 5
"OOps! And there it was! Sorry for sending the last note as it was premature! I shoulda looked more closely. Sorry and a further thank - you for your work in all the preparation and for posting the Triptiks for the 5 days! See you in 3 months! Jeremy…"
Mar 24, 2010
Jeremy R Wilkinson replied to Jon Griesenbeck's discussion 020 First Reunion Tour Map routes
"This is great Jon, many thanks. Will you be producing the other days triptik? I have printed the 3 days as here, hope you can do the next sequence days. We are looking forward to reuniting with as many 2009 020ers as possible! Jeremy and Kate (UK)."
Mar 24, 2010
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Mar 23, 2010
Jon Griesenbeck replied to Jon Griesenbeck's discussion 020 First Reinion Tour
"Days 4 and 5 maps"
Mar 23, 2010
Jon Griesenbeck commented on Kathryn L. Koch's blog post DVD set of Photos are ready!
"Thank you Kathryn! I can't wait to see them. From my preview I know its going to be awesome. Thank you so much for making this trip complete. Jon"
Mar 17, 2010
Willard Revaz commented on Jon Griesenbeck's photo

2010 02 07_1601

"Hi Jon, Nice to see the pix of the Coupe in the snow. You guys really got whacked recently with that white stuff, but it does make for a pretty picture. Barbara and will be off to the Winter tour in Gainesville, FL next week with my 1911. We will…"
Feb 15, 2010
Barry W. Fowler left a comment for Jon Griesenbeck
"Hello Jon: Good pictures, and of course we have heard the 'snow' news. I think you have surpassed our snow (about 4 feet so far) this year (average for Anch is about 6 feet by spring). I would not have guessed that Virginia could look so…"
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Feb 14, 2010
Jon Griesenbeck left a comment for Kathryn L. Koch
"Just finished watching the DVD it worked just fine. Thank you, Thank you. Jon!!!!"
Feb 9, 2010
Jon Griesenbeck left a comment for Kathryn L. Koch
"Received disc today will take home tonight and check it out. I will get a check in the mail tomorrow Thank you so much, Jon"
Feb 8, 2010

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Good Pictures!!!!

Loved the pictures. Hope today was a good day and Robert is enjoying the time with all your friends. Tell him I said Hi. Keep the pictures coming. Love you.

Posted on June 19, 2009 at 9:01am

Places that wish to assist us with mechanical or body work during our trip

HAMBURG, NEW YORK Peter Haid of Schmidt's Collision, if any participant needs the use of my shop they are welcome. 1.5 miles from Hotels. phone 716-648-4000, red29@aol, schmidtshanburg@choiceonemail.

Posted on June 5, 2009 at 2:07pm

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This is where I will be making daily Blogs about the trip each day. Enjoy, Thanks, Jon

Forty years ago I was introduced to the wonderful world of Model T's by Ballard Phleager of Salem, Virginia. I was a freshman at Roanoke College. I came out of the local pharmacy and spotted a 1920 Model T touring owned by Ballard. The T was Ballard's everyday driver. Ballard and I became very good friends. Everyday after class I would go to his little back alley garage and help him rebuild Model… Continue

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At 1:34am on February 15, 2010, Barry W. Fowler said…
Hello Jon: Good pictures, and of course we have heard the 'snow' news. I think you have surpassed our snow (about 4 feet so far) this year (average for Anch is about 6 feet by spring). I would not have guessed that Virginia could look so much like home:). Here is to warm sun and melting snow.

At 4:35pm on November 25, 2009, Barry W. Fowler said…
Hello Jon: All is well I trust. The local car club, Antique Auto Mushers of Alaska, has asked me for a presentation. Is it possible to obtain a copy of the short version that Kathryn is preparing for you? We are very eager to have the multiple CD set, but that would be a tad long for a meeting presentation. Thank you, and a wonderful Thanksgiving to you and all.

At 6:13pm on November 23, 2009, Kathryn L. Koch said…
Ok, I'll work on it tomorrow!
At 5:01pm on November 23, 2009, Kathryn L. Koch said…
Thanks! I hate to miss anyone, but people were trading places here and there and I lost track.
Did you want a DVD for your talk? If so,let me know how many photos and the theme.
Happy Thanksgiving! Kathryn
At 11:15pm on November 17, 2009, Kathryn L. Koch said…
Dear Jon,
I am still editing the photos for the DVD set. Peter Bernhardt and I met in Virginia last week to arrange a recording session with a technician. Once I receive their CD of the music I'll be able to edit that and then send the DVDs [a set of 3] for processing. So, I really can't predict the timeline yet. I'm sorry the whole job s taking so long, but it will be a good quality product when it is complete.
On another topic, I am hosting a get together of O to O Virginia residents and their families on 12/27/09 in Charlottesville. I've ordered invitations and reserved a room at the Royal Indian Restaurant on Route 29, 3450 Seminole Trail Suite 101-102 for 6:00 pm. The price per person will be $25.00. I'd love to put the invitations up on the wed site. How do I do that?
Take care,
At 9:16pm on September 14, 2009, Barry W. Fowler said…
Hello Jon: Say, if I recall correctly, there were some posters in Ellensburg (at the railroad station) that we supposed to be able to obtain. Several people gave address information on a flip chart in Snoqualme Pass Lodge. Have you heard anything about them?

At 4:50pm on August 27, 2009, Barry W. Fowler said…
Hello Jon: Doug had to fly back to New York for some work related stuff and left his car in my care. We watch it closely and take if for a short drive every couple or three days just to be sure all is still working properly. When he is ready to resume his travels, we expect to deliver the car to be shipped to Seattle. In the mean time, it sure looks good parked at our place!!


ps: Have you acquired a new T??
At 1:50pm on July 21, 2009, Jim & Carol Sanford said…
now that we are home,and have some time to reflect. I can look back and remember the help that you gave us ,while crossing the country.
You had electrical connections to get my new alternator up and running. you also had emergency brake springs when mine broke. and I inheatited your old inner tubes ,with dura beads inside. I patched it and will use it when I mount new "driver tires".
It was fun. Hope to see you at Hershey.
Fordually, Jim Carol
At 9:18am on July 20, 2009, Willard Revaz said…
You're a man of his word! Great touring with you and Tom. Will have memories for a lifetime. Talk soon, Best to you and Janet.
At 11:09pm on July 4, 2009, Vicki Honer said…
Hope the new engine brings you to the finish line. So sorry that happened after all your hard work, I guess God wants you to fully appreciate what you and others can do!!!!!

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