Sunday, August 31, 2014

Been a While

Has it really been May since I last posted? WTF?

Looks like I have a lot of catching up to do, but where to start? End of May I was in Texas. Found a few new (to me) bridges and a few sign oddities. 
June I was in Kansas City and found 10+ bridges along MO 10 and US 65 north of Springfield. 
Then my computer crashed and I lost everything from May and June.

A month ago, I decided it was time to replace my old "war wagon".  11 years old, 280,000 miles, and starting to show. In 3 months time, I dropped over $600 on repairs. The I had to go back and get the repairs fixed due to bad parts. ENOUGH! 

So I want shopping. I found a "used" cargo van with less than 100 miles that I really liked. It was a year old, and had damage which had been repaired.  Well, by the time I got my money together, it had been sold (sitting unsold for over a year and it suddenly sold?). 

I spent about a week looking for similar vehicles only to find very few in my area. I finally found one in Siloam Springs. I took it for a test drive, decided I liked it, and bought it.

A week later, we went on a "shakedown cruise": basically taking the 2-Lane roads to Little Rock and Pine Bluff, north to Lehi, then home via Bald Knob, Searcy, and Conway. Two days, almost 700 miles, plus photos of several bridges and other subjects, including a couple nice old 1930's concrete railroad bridges. :)

So far, I've been very pleased with "Romana", though I'm sure it will take me a few more weeks for us to get used to each other, but so far, so good :)