Ocean to Ocean in a T

The Centennial of the 1909 Ocean to Ocean Endurance Contest

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 had gone back in time! We also had introductory talks by dignitaries from Snoqualmie and Issaquah outlining our scheduled activities for the next few days. Then there was an outside movie presentation of "The Great Race" with Tony Curtiss and Natile Wood which I had seen so I didn't watch it to the end.

DAY 27: We left with a 1926 Bentley escort at 9 AM through the national forest on "country roads" (can you say 'DIRT?') but with little or no dust like yesterday. State Troopers on BMW motorcycles escorted us on and off the interstate where there was no alternative and we arrived at our lunch stop around 11:30 AM. The wait for our baked salmon lunch was well worth it; prepared by descendants of the local native Americans. I joined in one of their dances which was a translation of their tribal lore. Then off to the destination we have all had in our minds for years; Issaquah. This our final staging hotel for the next two days' activities and it will all end here with our final banquet on Sunday evening. Upon checking in, there were hugs, handshakes, and cheers as we acknowledged our final destination. Cars were cleaned and tended to for the short trips to display events tomorrow (Day 28) and the official trip to the Drumheller Fountain on Sunday. We had dinner after the appropriate libation and then hit the hay.

On a sadder note, one of our own succumbed to yet another broken "A" crankshaft and had to be towed in to the hotel. Doug, we feel for you and one way or another you AND your car WILL make it across the finish line! Hang in there buddy!

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Comment by Newell Atwood on July 13, 2009 at 7:02am
CONGRATULATION!! for getting to the fountain. I just viewed the videos. What a wonderful accomplishment and it looks like you had a nice welcome celebration. Have a safe trip home and maybe we'll get to see you at Millie & Byron's on Saturday if you're not to sick of doing Model T stuff (can you ever be tired of T'ing?). Once again, Congratulations to you and Bob. Saw a picture of you coming over the finish line. See you soon!!
Comment by Newell Atwood on July 11, 2009 at 3:18pm
It was so nice to hear from you on the phone. Glad to hear you are doing well. Sounds like the celebreations will be something in itself to remember. We have so enjoyed following you along day to day. It made us feel like part of it enjoying your ups and downs and the beautiful country we live in.

As Newell said, the messages were from me but he truly has enjoyed following the videos, blogs, and slide shows. Glad the weather has been better than those rainy days at the start. We finally got rid of our rainy days here. Have a wonderful day tomorrow over the finish line.

Best Wishes to you and Bob on your accomplishment. The stamina and endurance to keep on
"T-ing " along and fter your rough start. We'll look forward to the last picture show coming up. It has to be very hard to say good bye to such great folks you have traveled with and the wonderful people you met along the way. I think that is one of the best part of "T-ing" are the great people out there who help along the way. Oh, if you see Katie, let her know the folks in CT really loved her videos.

PS - Our son Glenn is in VA heading to Luray Caverns Sunday or Monday. We have friends in Timberville he is visiting there.

Looking forward to tomorrows blogs, videos and slide.

Barb (& Newell)

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