Ocean to Ocean in a T

The Centennial of the 1909 Ocean to Ocean Endurance Contest

All who have been following us might have noticed that there have been no entries for the past two days. Well for good reason. On the way from Rawlins to Rock Springs, Bob's engine broke the crankshaft flange!
For an "A" crank, this is the most vulnerable part of the conversion. NOT GOOD! We were towed into Rock Springs where a positive diagnosis was made and it was not a good day. Hiowever, our good friend, Ken Hummel, quickly offered the use of his 1912 engine and a swap out was initiated. The swap was 80% done in Montpelier with only the peripherals needed to be assembled during the 2 day layover in Pocatello on days 20 & 21. Many thanks to Ken for his kind generosity which will allow us to finish the last 1000 miles of the tour!!! Then another major breakdown, not with our car, but with good friend, Jon Greisenbeck's 1920 Coupe. It initially was thought to be a rod knock, but when we arrived ar Montpelier, it was identified to be a break of the crank in the middle of rod journal #3. Dejection and dissappointment do not begin to describe Jon's feelings, who spared no effort in preparing his car for this tour.
We will continue updates and pictures over the next few days and appreciate all your concern.

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Comment by Bill Osborn on July 4, 2009 at 11:52am
You guys are incredible! One way or another you will make Seattle!
Comment by Jeanne M Riggs on July 3, 2009 at 4:07pm
Burlingame keeps you in our thoughts and prayers!
I know you'll make it to Seattle!
Comment by Newell Atwood on July 3, 2009 at 1:41pm
Sorry about the caption on our picture - our neighbor took the picture and put the wrong year for the car. Hope the weather holds out for your journey - we've had downpours and bad flooding in Mystic and Guildford. 6 inches of rain in a short time. Rains almost every day here lately.

We've enjoyed following the trip and look forward to messages and photos every day.
Comment by Newell Atwood on July 3, 2009 at 1:35pm
Sorry to hear about your breakdown. Glad to hear of your firend, Jon's generosity to keep you going. Let's hope you can continue and get to the destination to Seattle. Our best wishes to you both on your journey. What an incredible trip. We've seen some familiar sights that we saw when we went to Colorado on tour a few years ago. Keep on T'in.

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