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    Good Day eh.
    We are in Gold Beach Or.
    Kurt and Jackie drove with us from Fox Island to Depoe Bay last night.A nice dinner out
    overlooking the Bay then a couple of glasses of wine to watch the sunset on the Pacific.
    Today we stopped at Coos Bay where there was a show and shine and I won $80.00 at the casino. Watching the rollers crashing on the rocks and realizing we have salt spray on the windshield.Hopefully top down weather tomorrow as we cross into California.
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    Another short but interesting day, about 350 miles with several stops. The Cadillac Ranch with the line of very abused hulk cars.

    We stopped in Tucumcari NM to see a museum (didn't stop) but enjoyed the murals painted on the side of many local buildings. Another nameless "66 stop" and then we headed up US-84 to Santa Fe. What a desolate stretch of road.

    Santa Fe was our main stop where we walked the the historic area, inspecting the shops and many galleries. On the drive to Santa Fe, we crosses a crest at 7,600 feet. The combination of lack of power and the high gearing made the car struggle.

    Our final stop was Albuquerque. When driving out to dinner, we stumbled on the monthly "cruise night". Albuquerque has some nice cars and nice people; very surprised to see a 190SL drive in.

    Helen .... My plans are changed, we will drive closer to Laguna so that we can arrive early Wednesday afternoon. Needles is too hot. Thanks.
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    Jim Villers
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    Walt, I've never heard of the before. i assume you have extra points with you. Bosch makes a dst. cam grease, did you use any?

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    Ron,

    Laid the points out for packing but somehow missed them. These will hopefully last till California where replacements are available. Grease sounds like a good idea.

    Why is it that problems always occur in pairs, making them more difficult to solve !

    Walt

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    Another 384 miles and we are pausing in Flagstaff AZ. We again took many little side trips and stops;we even drove through Laguna! Some very scenic driving roads.

    The Rio Puerco bridge was built in 1937 and was hardly one lane wide. At the continental divide was 7,245 feet, complete with a tacky "66" Indian curio stand.

    We ran into three T-Birds several times over the past hundred miles. The are doing tour of the 48 state capitals. He said goggle "48 in 08" to read their tails.

    Who could do Route 66 without a stop in Winslow AZ to stand on the corner and visit the Wigwam Motel.
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    Jim Villers
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    Crossed the California border @ 8:40 this morning,
    the weather has finally turned hot, top down T shirt weather.
    Today we drove the winding road from Legget to Westport. Lots of 10 MPH and 15 MPH turns and switchbacks - double clutching , heel and toe - Sandy wore out the imaginary brake on her side of the car.
    Back on the coast the views are magnificent, the big rollers are coming in from the Pacific and breaking close to the road - how close? we have salt spray on the car again. Lots of fun and we are having a great trip. If I could
    figure out Vista (sigh) on this new laptop you would see some great pictures.
    Nick Newell

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    Nick: Welcome to California. Maybe somebody else can tell you about Vista. I too have it on this new laptop but I'm too dumb to notice any difference so my photos have worked. I have a Dell XPS M1330, a red one. What kind is yours?
    Jim Villers-- Where are you?
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    Helen ..... We are getting ready to leave Flagstaff on our way to Barstow. Then we are not sure where. We have a day to kill and want to stay out of the smog. Any ideas?
    Jim Villers
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    Nick: Did you install program for Pictures? Did you upload photo from your camera? I notice that on desktop it's called My Pictures and on laptop it's called Pictures.
    Jim: A little town called Arvin in Central Valley is supposed to be worst smog in country. Azusa also bad. LA horrible and supposedly have worst smog in 6 years. All I know is Laguna Beach is better, is Orange County. I am super sensitive to smog and get nauseated so I live as close to coast as possible.
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    Nick: On new laptop am getting "upload failed" when trying to send photos. Works with desktop. Vista doing this?
    Jim Villers: You are sending photos. Do you have Windows Vista?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimVillers View Post
    Who could do Route 66 without a stop in Winslow AZ to stand on the corner and visit the Wigwam Motel.
    Jim - Great pictures, did you stay in one of those Wigwams? - All 'mod-cons' I'll bet

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    We toured and pushed a little while touring route 66 stuff, 466 miles from Flagstaff AZ to Ontario CA.

    The town of Williams AZ had an interesting Indian trading post with carved posts for the roof. The little town of Ash Fork had a Desoto on the roof of the Desoto beauty parlor.

    At Seligman, we took a 50 mile section of 66 to the north through Peach Springs and Hackberry. Hackberry is nothing but a "General Store" with a Corvette in front, the best stop on the entire trip. The side trip is highly recommended.

    We continued through Kingman, Needles and the long drive across the Mojave. The climb up from the Colorado River (700 ft) to the first crest at 2,400 ft in the 100 degree heat put the stress on the old car but the temperature gauge peaked at only 190 degrees.

    The California stops lacked much of the flair of many of our previous stops. The 66 Motel in Barstow and the very excelent 66 Museum in Victorville were highlights.

    We are now in Ontario and will be looking at doing laundry and cleaning up the car after our very enjoyable heritage tour.

    See you at the Convention.
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    Jim Villers
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    Jim, Walt and Nick,

    Thank you all for sharing your experiences as you travel west. I've really enjoyed reading about your travels and look forward to meeting all of you on Thursday. Jim, your photos are great and made me envious that I wasn't traveling behind you both. Perhaps one day I'll be able to travel east in my SL to visit you folk in your turf.

    I certainly hope you enjoy your visit to the State of California. You picked a good time when the smog isn't that bad, even in Ontario.

    Best,
    Richard J. Arnold
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    Never seen this happen before - limped to Laguna on an old set of worn out points and was saved by Jim Villers. He packed an extra distributor with electronic internals.

    Walt
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    We made it ,
    arrived this afternoon around 4:00, yesterday was the biggest push from San Rafael
    ( where we stayed with Robert and Katrin ) to the Disneyland Hotel. We ended up on the Santa Anna fwy last night doing 60MPH with cars blowing past us on both side doing
    80MPH. Anyway we had a relaxing day at the park and a leisurely drive to Laguna Beach
    where we have already met up with 190SL friends from the Sonoma Convetion.
    Thanks for the picture downloading advise - hopefully someone here will be fluent in Vista
    Nick Newell

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