It has been an "Endless Summer!"
Order Z06 March 3, 2003
Take Delivery April 23, 2003, NCM
Start Road Trip Friday, April 25, 2003, at High Noon, National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green, KY.
First. The ALL 50 Road Trip, Arrive back at the NCM June 26, 2003. 63 days 4 hours 21 minutes, 22,796 miles, Front door to Front door NCM. ALL 50 States, including Alaska and Hawaii!
Second, The Corvette 50th Birthday Party in Bowling Green and Nashville.
Third, My 50th, Birthday Celebration, July 7, 2003, at Little Pine Lake, Perham, Minnesota.
Fourth, The drive back to Alpine, CA.
This included picking up my cousin Jay in Miles City, MT and heading for Cody, Wyoming and the Buffalo Bill Museum. Dropping Jay off at his home in Livingston, MT after going over and through the Beartooth's and into Yellowstone and back to Livingston through Gardner, MT.
Then onward to Reno, NV by way of highway 305 from Battle Mountain to Austin, home of the Silver State Challenge.
Once in Reno, the ESPN Outdoor Games with my Fiancee Karen.
Over to San Francisco to meet Edward, the website guru, joining me for the trip south on Highway 1. First we stop in Los Angeles and have lunch with Tabitha from Pacific Air Cargo and Robin NIK Transport. If it weren't for these two, I would not have made Hawaii! After lunch, down to San Diego dropping off Edward at his home in La Jolla and heading for Alpine.
Getting home, Wednesday, July 18, 2003, the car is exactly 12 weeks old and has 27,135 miles from the road trip.
Fifth, Going to San Quintin, B.C. with my buddies on our dirt bikes
Sixth, Meeting College buddies, Joel, Paul and Rollie at Lake Powell with our Families
Seventh, Hot August Nights in Reno
Eighth, Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca in Monterey. My buddy Starr wins Rolex Trophy, Class 5 Best Presentation and Performance! The Z06 was there, in the pits!
Ninth, I'm still alive!
Ten, I'm getting married to Karen on October 11, 2003
I have always had the philosophy, "Its not the destination its the journey!"
This summer, its been quite a journey. I feel so fortunate, thankful and blessed for not only having the opportunity to accomplish this adventure, but to have done it safely and on time. I have meet so many nice people and seen such wonderful places, right here in the good old USA.
All summer I've been humming the tune for the old Chevrolet ad that went "See the USA, in your Chevrolet." Maybe that was the start of the idea for the road trip years ago as a kid?
I have multitudes of e-mails to answer. I will answer all. Be patient, "I'm a work in Progress"
Hopefully, and I'm not a writer, a book will be out in the not too distant future. In the mean time, please feel free to check back at this site for further stories.
Unfortunately, we did not have time to get notice on the website the segment on Maguiar's Car Crazy. As we speak, there are several publications that have contacted me for future articles
When these or other events unfold, we will post it on this site.
Thank you for your support on my journey.
I hope and wish those that dare to dream, can pull off such an adventure.