Wednesday, August 27, 2014

No need for speed

I am not a fast driver or rider.  Speed is addictive and when I was younger, I used to drive faster than I should have.  I drive faster in my Honda Civic than my sports car.    When you have a big engine with power, there is no need to prove anything to anyone

I have no problems passing anyone if I wish to.   Before this trip to Bowling Green was planned, we had a chance to purchase Lap time on the Kentucky Speedway as we would be passing through Florence, Indiana and Kentucky was just on the other side of the Ohio River.

Most others in our group were purchasing lap time so not to feel left out, I purchased a lap session too.  I had never been on a race track before and I was afraid that I would be too slow and hold everyone up

At the race track they have rules.  You have to sign waivers.   You are only allowed to walk into certain areas

and because most of use were first-timers, we were limited to speeds and had to follow the pace vehicle and not pass anyone.   I had also never driven on a banked road surface before

So here is a very rare time where I would have to wear closed toe shoes during my vacation.  And there are also those important Drivers' meetings before you are allowed on the track

Driving on a race track is not something that can be done easily.   You just can't drive by in your rental car and decide to pull in and do a lap or two.   Anyway I survived and it was fun.   I have never driven my car this fast before.   Remember that this is an oval track and the straight section is not that long.  You have to build up speed on the corner,  hit the throttle and then be careful to make the corner at the end of the straight section.   It takes guts to keep the power on until the last moment

We have not had internet for the past 3 days so I am behind.  Some of my stories will have to wait until I get  home.   We also leave early and get back late.   Tomorrow is another 5am alarm and leave by 7am.   We are staying just outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky.   We are melting in the humid heat.  Even the locals are moaning and groaning.   We are here for the 20th Anniversary of the NCM: National Corvette Museum

We started out as a group of about 200 Corvettes traveling with the New Jersey Corvette Caravan.  Included in our group are Corvette Clubs from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI: Prince Edward Island.   I now have new friends in Atlantic Canada.  Today we were joined by two other Caravans from Mid Atlantic USA so this morning we were a group of 400 Corvettes traveling together down I-65 to the Corvette Museum

Also the other cars from our Club,  BC Corvette Club arrived late this afternoon.   They drove from Vancouver and left August 21st.   So now we have 15 cars from our group all here in Bowling Green, KY.  It's nice to see familiar faces

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

No Internet, on the road

I am so far behind. Lots of stuff happening the past few days but even though we were supposed to have FREE WiFi yesterday, it wasn't working

Now we are in Florence, Indiana and they want $9.95 per day for Internet access and I'm not going to pay . Would you believe that we had to go through Kentucky to get here

If you click my Spot link you can find my location

I hope to have Internet access again next Wed or Thursday

Tomorrow we are going to do a few laps on the Kentucky Speedway Track on the other side of the Ohio river

Sent from my iPhone

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Day 7: On the Road

We arrived in Harrisburg, PA last Monday and today we are moving to a new location.  Tonight we will be in New Stanton, PA

Running out of time, so this is just a short update

Yesterday found ourselves heading west to the Gettysburg, National Military Park

This is also the site where they fought the Battle of Gettysburg.   The battlefield was 25 square miles so we took the 2 hour bus tour with narrating guide

It was so sad to see one country in so much turmoil over the freeing of slaves

What luck to find the traveling gnome who had just come back from overseas

to come here to visit with President Abraham Lincoln

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Sea of Corvettes at Carlisle, PA

Today was the first full day of activities.  Yesterday was only for vendors to set up their tents

This is one of the largest gatherings in North America, of Corvettes

If you needed anything for your Vette, then this is the place

Over 150 acres of everything under the sun.  You can buy a car, get financing and insurance.   Or you can get new mufflers, tires or new seats  installed while you watch

there are cars in every direction

The sun may not be out but it was hot and humid and it was a struggle to see everything .  They also had a car corral

and here's beautiful car . . .

better than new

and I also saw another car which caught my attention

Out of the thousands of cars on the field, this may be the only one with this colour

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Corvettes at Carlisle, PA

We came to Carlisle to attend THIS  event, Corvettes at Carlisle    We registered months ago

and this pass grants us admission for the whole weekend

Officially things don't start until tomorrow but today is the day that the vendors were setting up their stalls.  Lots of things for sale, seminars, used parts and tech sessions.  You can also buy a new Corvette from a dealer here

We started out mid Morning from our hotel in Harrisburg and drove the 15 miles down to Carlisle

We brought our canopy and our club banner.  There are many clubs from all over the area.  In fact two Corvette clubs are staying at our hotel so our parking lot is full of 'Vettes

Here we are trying to snap a photo of a butterfly

This butterfly seemed to like my friend

Even the travel Gnome was there

This beauty caught my eye.  I like mid series convertibles.  Maybe one day when I win the lotto

Did I mention there were many used parts vendors there.  If you are restoring a classic Corvette, you may find your parts here if you look had enough

Here's the GM Engineering tent full of  2014 new C7's   Later they displayed a cross section of a C7

so you can see how it is assembled

the transmission is on the rear axle

this may be the transmission cooleer

The battery is behind the right wheel

the oil reservoir is behind the right front wheel

There were lots of cars there even though things don't start until tomorrow.

we even had time to relax and enjoy the day BUT little did we know that there was an extreme storm warning and in less than an hour there would be torrential rains mixed with hail,  and it was still 30c,  Hot and Humid.   We rushed back to our hotel to take cover and have dinner.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Day 3: Hershey, PA Chocolate Day

Firstly, Richard . . .  I am having computer problems.  An ultrabook i5 running win 8.1   Took 3 tries to boot up.   Everytime with a blue screen, sort of like it had no video card.  Now tonight I had to boot up 2 times and lost the screen with all the apps.  The other night Windows Live Mail stopped working and I had some drive errors,  missing the cabinet.dll files but it came back to life with a disk scan and somehow it repaired itself.  This is a new computer which I bought at Christmas but never used until 2 weeks ago

Today was a relaxing day and it started at  8am as usual with a small breakfast then we headed on the road

to Chocolate World in Hershey PA.

We took the quick tour of the factory

where we sat in cars which sped along to different areas of the chocolate production

It was an audio visual presentation with narrative

we are moving along self propelled tracks.  Sure was nice to be able to sit down after the long walk from the parking lot, under the hot, humid sun

The cars snaked along the curved track  .  .  . with singing animated animals along the way

and when the tour was finished it brought you back to their retail store

where they had lots of branded clothes and chocolate for sale

It was hard to buy any chocolate to bring home, unless you wanted a melted glob, since it would be too hot in our trunk

World's largest chocolate bar in the background.   Only $40.

Later we drove up the hill.   That's the Hershey complex at the bottom

We drove around the town.  It seemed old and historic

I have never been to a Bass Pro shop before

They sell lots of firearms and hunting equipment here.  In my youth I used to have an archery set so I wanted to hold this compound bow

Only window shopping today.  I left empty handed.

There was an interesting motorcycle display in the mall.   We had lots of showers today but it cleared for the time we were in Hershey so we decided to stay close to our hotel