Ocean to Ocean in a T

The Centennial of the 1909 Ocean to Ocean Endurance Contest

July 2009 Blog Posts (49)

From Larry the Limey and Friends

Dear All

I just wanted to write a few public words to express my personal thanks to everyone connected with this great tour, the camardrie, friendships born, the excitement of being part of this tour will be with us for all time, a big THANKYOU to everyone, you made the tour what is was.

We made history by being part of the history, we burnt some gas ( petrol to the Limeys), we left a little oil, and took away great memories, it was possibly the best thing I will… Continue

Added by Larry "The Limey" Riches on July 28, 2009 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

alaska pictures


Added by douglas hauge on July 27, 2009 at 4:54pm — 3 Comments

monday july 27,2009

to all my model T family that we had the pleasure to experence of a life time together. to all of my family and friends that helped make this trip possible. all i can say is wow, it hasn't ended yet. we traveled up through vancover island and took a couple of ferries and have landed in the state captiol of juneau alaska. the weathe has been great, top down every day with the exception of 1 day while we were on board a ferry and it rained. our car rosileeta was tucked away dry in the car deck,… Continue

Added by douglas hauge on July 27, 2009 at 3:15pm — 1 Comment

wednesday july something 2009

read this with a british columbia accent. a well we are in prince rupert. we have had great travels, road and ferry. the weather has been sunny during the day and cool and dry at night. we have found some great campgrounds at model t price of $10 the car and camper, rob and i are all doing great, my sprained ankle is doing better.a right on a. will write soon , on our way to juno love to all, doug and rob

Added by douglas hauge on July 22, 2009 at 6:04pm — 2 Comments

Hemma igen.


Nu har det gått en vecka och äntligen ges det tid att skriva de sista avslutande meningarna.

Söndagen den 12 Juli var sista dagen på det gemensamma äventyret Ocen To Ocen.

Start på förmiddagen mot Seattle vi bodde ca 4.5 mil utanför. Poliseskorten uteblev tyvärr och vi skulle följas åt 50 bilar med en ledarbil. Att det gick på tok var väl inte att undras på..... stadstrafik och 50 T-fordar.

Hur som helst så kom vi till slut till universitetsområdet och den så omtalade… Continue

Added by Sven-Olov Hansson on July 22, 2009 at 11:25am — No Comments

Check out http://picasaweb.google.com/kruglet/ModelT2009?authkey=Gv1sRgCOiW9qzgmK_r9wE&feat=email#slideshow/5352922554775116146 additional pictures in FT Collins. Fordually , Jim and Carol

Check out http://picasaweb.google.com/kruglet/ModelT2009?authkey=Gv1sRgCOiW9qzgmK_r9wE&feat=email#slideshow/5352922554775116146
additional pictures in FT Collins.
Fordually , Jim and Carol Continue

Added by Jim & Carol Sanford on July 21, 2009 at 9:23am — 1 Comment

A special chapter in my life

We woke early to beat the heat while in Kansas, left at 4AM, nobody on the roads but us. I sat in the back of our little 23 touring car clicking down the road in the dark. A bit of an evening chill but feels good after such heat the past few days. Our headlights point down the farm road and the stars by the millions above us. I look up, leaning my head back and watch the stars and the edge of the milkyway is easily seen, a few shooting stars too. It's early in the morning but the birds are… Continue

Added by Gary Foerster on July 18, 2009 at 9:22am — No Comments

today is ????thursday, july 16th i think

well, i dont know where to start. i have just had the trip of a life time. when my whole family was in white plains to see ry and i start the race, and then to have my brother scott, jonos girl jacklynn, and cuz russ meet us at the finish line. we were escorted into our first night at utica by UFD truck 1 and NYSP. 100s of my friends were there to great us and wish us a safe and happy trip. caorl and brian gave us and idaho sample plate for the front of the car. we wore it proudly across the… Continue

Added by douglas hauge on July 16, 2009 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Harriet is having a well earned rest!

I can only echo the sentiments of Kathleen and Gary Ebbert's blog. We have had the privelege to travel with them and know them as good friends now. The last day and evening were quite emotional, and the farewells were difficult. Friends and travelling companions scattered far and wide. Promises to stay in touch made and addresses exchanged. Thank-you to one and all for making this epic trip both successful and memorable. This morning, Mick Kemp (he of the 1925 Crusty Loaf van) and myself drove… Continue

Added by Jeremy R Wilkinson on July 13, 2009 at 8:36pm — No Comments


Glad all went well with the car and weather
Clyde sends his regards and feels much better

The tomatoes are red and clinging to the vine
The flowers are a beauty with the lovely sunshine

Will see you soon and just to let you know
Louisa, Diane and Beth are done with this show...

Added by Jim & Kathy Glendinning on July 13, 2009 at 2:38pm — No Comments

The Finish Line !!!!

The fat lady has sung and it is all over!!!!! We have met the enemy and WE HAVE WON!!!!

Although it was at times somewhat diffcult for us to make this journey in 2009, it must have been really "hell" for the 1909 drivers to have made this run.

There was some anxiety about the drive to the University of Washington today, as our police escort had been cancelled, but it turned out to be alrght, as we did have a volunteer leading us. Plus there were other volunteers from the For Culture… Continue

Added by Gary and Kathleen Ebbert on July 13, 2009 at 2:51am — 1 Comment

Seattle Rain Greets 50 Cars!

A joyous celebration greeted the 49 Fords that completed the entire trip. All participants were thrilled that the car that got rear ended in Wyoming by that nefarious garbage truck driver showed up for the concluding ceremonies.

I've added the photos I took today in case you haven't had a chance to post yours. I've made no choices. The good and the bad shots are on line.

Added by Michael J. Herschensohn on July 12, 2009 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Sista dygnet Sweden


Nu ar det lordagkvall och vi kan se tillbaka pa en manad med fantastiska upplevelser.

Otroligt att det gatt 30 dagar sedan vi kom till New York.

Idag har jag varit pa en mindre bil-marknad. Lars tog en langpromenad down town.

Ikvall besokte vi den lokale Fordhandlaren som anordnat en riktig fest for oss, mat levande musik osv.

T-forden ar tvattad och klar for att imorgon bitti ta oss de sista fa milen in till Seattle och sjalva malgangen.

Nar vi kommer… Continue

Added by Sven-Olov Hansson on July 12, 2009 at 1:24am — No Comments

Day 2 in Issaquah

We had a wonderfully FULL day in Issaquah today. This was to have been our "rest" day, but as I mentioned last night, the King County and Historical Society vounteers had a full day of activities arranged for us. So - as we are representing Washington State, we wished to attend. Our day started by driving to the train depot in old town Issaquah to meet and greet the people. Only about a dozen Model T's went, but the numerous people were VERY happy to see us and had lots of questions for us.… Continue

Added by Gary and Kathleen Ebbert on July 12, 2009 at 12:21am — No Comments

saturday, july ?????2009

well, hello from seattle washington, we made it. read the other blogs and see how busy we have been. parties, lunches, dinners, bands, indians, police escorts, fantastic warm welcomes from communities. it has been the most rememberal experiance of our lifes. we were under police escort yesterday when i joined the 2 piece crank club. my crank shaft broke about 3 miles from the hotel. we were picked up off the side of the road by the local model t club. they unloaded their T off their trailer and… Continue

Added by douglas hauge on July 11, 2009 at 1:46pm — 1 Comment

Issaquah, WA

Well - we actually made it to the Holiday Inn at Issaquah, this afternoon about 4pm! We can hardly believe we are here and that we are so close to crossing the finish line on Sunday and home (on Monday). This truly has been a great adventure and one we shall never forget. Our day started a little later than usual as we did not have to leave Snoqualmie Lodge until 10am. We left the Lodge in a group with a police escort, driving down the old Sunset Highway, which was the route back in the 20's.… Continue

Added by Gary and Kathleen Ebbert on July 11, 2009 at 3:02am — No Comments

Mortensen's made it so far, one more trip to Seattle for the finish line

I finally got our blogs and pictures updated. Check out the Mortensen's page from the members sections if you don't know how to go to specific people's pictures and blogs. I didn't place all 387 photos on there, we will bore you at home with photo albums if you really want to see it all. Hard to believe it is almost over. See you at the finish line

Added by Warren & Betty Mortensen on July 11, 2009 at 2:22am — No Comments

Days 26 & 27 --We Made IT!!

DAY 26: Didn't do a blog post for day 26 because it was a very busy evening arriving at the Snoqualmie Summit Lodge. This is at the peak elevation of the Snoqualmie Pass (3900') and the climb was not too difficult. After dinner we were treated to live music by a 20 piece band which featured early 1900s music like Scott Joplin and old time favorite songs which I enjoy. The first one I recognized was " The Connecticut 2nd Regiment Footguard's March" which was Bob Steele's theme song. I thought I… Continue

Added by Willard Revaz on July 11, 2009 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Issaquah by Harriet

Howdy folks! Yup! We made it from Yakima to Snoqualmie Pass after a day of Washington's finest welcomes and if you read Kathleen and Gary Ebbert's blog you will have a full record of the day. To day, we left the Summit Lodge at 10 am and went to a lunch (salmon bar be que) by the Snoqualmie Tribe (native Indians) and then onto Issaquah. We are here for 3 nights, and on Sunday we go into Seattle for the final run and a parade and then the final Banquet in the evening and the sad good-byes. I… Continue

Added by Jeremy R Wilkinson on July 10, 2009 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Snoqualmie Pass

We made it to Snoqualmie Pass. We have all been CELEBRATING tonight getting this far. The King

County DOT and the Kittitas Historical Society joined forces and gave us a great time tonight and in fact all day there have been celebrations for us in Ellensburg and Cle Elum before we even reached Snoqualmie. They are treating us so specially - almost like heroes! This morning we left Yakima with the help of a local guide. We traveled through Selah and up the Canyon Road. It was a very scenic… Continue

Added by Gary and Kathleen Ebbert on July 10, 2009 at 2:44am — 2 Comments

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