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The Over The Hill Gang

The Over The Hill Gang
Let's ride! Riders are Jerry Cole, Billy Niverson, John Nave, Jack McClain, Larry Davis, Larry Burk, Merle Combs, Charles Thomas, Art Adrianson, Larry Miller.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ride to Auburn, Indiana

Five of us met at Jackie's for a ride to lunch at The Country Post Restaurant in Huntington, IN and then a ride to one of the museums in Auburn, Indiana.

The lunch at Huntington went O.K. but the ride to Auburn, not so much!  Larry Burke's "Bumble Bee" couldn't keep up on the way to Huntington.  Larry attributed it to the new, bigger, better, windshield he had installed and I think part of the reason may have been a problem with the automatic transmission which let go about two miles south of Columbia City.  We left Larry (and the Bumble Bee) sitting along side of IN 9 after he assured us he would be O.K. and that his brother was coming with a trailer to pick him up:

Four of us rode on to Charubusco, IN where Merle told me he was going home.  Three of us rode on to Auburn where we toured the National Automobile and Truck Museum: National Automobile and Truck Museum Link

Here's John Nave out front of the museum:

and an old truck in front of the building:

There were many beautiful cars and trucks inside the museum.  I like the lines of this blue Hudson coupe:

Here's a video I took of the Hudsons:

The yellow truck at the end of the video was an "Indiana" brand truck.  It was made in Marion, Indiana in the same factory where they later made Crosleys and later still, where General Tire was located.

If you can picture this red 1951 Studebaker in a light green color then this would be my "date car" in my junior and senior year of high school (1956-57).  It was my Dad's work car that I drove after he got home from work.  It used more oil than gasoline, it seemed!

I took a shot of the two museums as we left to go home.  On the right is the Auburn-Cord Museum.

As we were coming up on Charubusco, it started raining.  It rained until we were south of Columbia City.  I think we dried off by the time we got home.  It was very wet and cold!  If you've never ridden in the rain, this is what it looks like:

Map of the ride today (Click on map to make larger):

I rode 171 miles today.  Temperature was in the 60s and 70s with rain.  We were in the 30%!

Riding today was Merle Combs, Billy Niverson, John Nave, Larry Burke and myself, Larry Davis.

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