Route 6 day Five (updated)

We had two open houses today, an early one for the people at the campground, and a later one for the people of the town. We had a pretty heavy turn-out with lots of friendly folks, curious about our rigs.  

 

Beth Holds Court

We had to set up the movie equipment, so we had Chicken Kiev and noodles, cooked in the MoHo, and served on the dash!

Dinner on the Dash

We then showed the “Long, Long Trailer” in the “Par-villion”

Route 6 Day Four (Updated)

Last night we had endless hard rain, flash floods and Tornado Sirens to wake us up! 

We are all hooking up to move on to the next stop. 

Time to say goodbye to new friends, like “Son of Shack”  

John and Dot's New Friend "Son of Shack"  

Rain means wet Campsites, And we all had a little trouble making it out. First Bert and Dot got stuck trying to pull forward to dump, We tried to rock him out, but that didnt work at all. 

Bert digs to China

So John to the rescue, he would use The Shack to gently pull Bert out, but as he backed off the gravel… 

 

So Diane ran up to the office and got a tractor… 

And got her Dad pulled out. 

The Brookdale Canal

Once The Shack was clear they got Bert out. 

More ruts

Even the Mighty Revcon had i bit of trouble pulling out! 

Beth shows off her tracks

Once we all got onto firm ground off we went. 110 miles to the City of Port Allegany where they were having a show in the town square just for us. On the way we stopped at the Dam. 

Pulling up the Mountain

Lots of run-off from all the rain the night before

 

Awwww! Nice Dam photo!

 

 

The a quick stop in Smythport, so everyone could regroup… 

Beth finds her namesake

Then we had fun at the show.. 

Show in the town square

Then off to Moe’s for a burger! 

Breat food and Onion Rings

Three Amigos!

Then 11 miles down the road to Port Allegany Campground, a very nice friendly place.  We will settle in tonight and have our second Open House tomorrow.

Route 6 Day Three (Updated)

Forrest by the Banner

First Open House:

Not much to report on day three. Diane was kind enough to shuttle us into town a few times for provisions before and after the open house. I thought the public that came to walk through the units were a little less friendly then usual, and for a weekend the attendance didnt seem to be very much, i mean if you subtract out the people that were already guests at the campground.

Open House

Open House

Open House

 

Later on we found out that Forrest had been approached by people when he was in town asking why TCT was CHARGING ADMISSION to look at the old trailers. He let them know that we NEVER charge admission. They told him that they had seen in the local paper that we were charging $4 per adult. It’s true, We later found out. The campground was charging spectators to enter the campground, totally without our knowledge. She told us that she was happy to host us, and comp us one nights stay, in return for the publicity for her campground, and the draw we would be, bringing local folks in to see the campground. She never mentioned charging. We also found out that the rate she charged us for the one day she didnt comp was higher than what others were paying.

So a bit of a sour taste from day three, but a lesson learned for all of us.

Route 6 Day Two (Updated)

 

Route 6 Day Two:

Sitting here in the Revcon, fresh from a hot, hot shower, sipping on a delicious Gin and Tonic (see a theme here yet?)

Well Diane caught back up to us today, so we had 6 rigs making our leg 2 of the journey 99 miles from Brady’s Leap Plaza to Brookdale Family Campground . Sounds rather simple, right? But they have these things here in Pennsylvania they don’t have back in Michigan, they have a word for them…. Mountains! apparently the Revcon likes to go up them at about 35 mph but down them a LOT faster! I had one hand on the wheel, and one yanking the shifter into 2nd gear a couple of times, and from what I hear these are foot-hills compared to what is to come… No worries, We are running fine.

Following 6

Meadville in sight!

I can’t repair the temp gauge, it is mechanical, not electric. It will have to be replaced. I am debating doing it out here or waiting until I get home, still a week of  left 500 miles out and back, I would like to know how hot it is getting, maybe……

Our home for the next two days

The park is very very nice, spotless, and our hosts have been amazing. (NOT so amazing, see next post).They and the folks from the visitors bureau arranged for an Amish family to take us into their home tonight for dinner, and it was OUTSTANDING! A real once in a lifetime experience.

Relaxing and Laughing

More photos when i can get a decent signal! Most of our phones do not work out here at all.

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Route 6 Day One (Update)

Beth Photobombs HERSELF!

Route 6 Day One:

Here I sit in The Mighty Revcon, sipping a frosty Newcastle Brown Ale, impossibly icy cold from the cooler and blogging about the first leg of the trip, the 199 miles to the Brady’s Leap Plaza on the Turnpike.

Pinky watches the Garmin

Toledo Bridge

 

We made it down past toledo alone, then picked up Diane, Dot and John, and their group when we made a quick stop at a rest area just the other side of Toledo. Was good to carravan along the Tollway all together.

Real Caravaning

I got a few photos before disaster strick, Dianes 1936 Packard lost power JUST short of the next Plaza, stranding her on a very narrow shoulder. It started again after it cooled down a bit, enough to get her and her Bowlus trailer safely parked.

We all worked on it for a bit, then we sent the others on ahead. Between Diane bringing in the gurus via cell phone, John and I doing the troubleshooting, and Beth and Dot supplying moral suport (and beverages), we had enough people to fix it, if it could be fixed. Now I know what you are probably thinking…. old Packard, probably some rare old part broken. But it looks like it is the MSD ignition that died. After we all exhausted whatever ideas we had (its the ignition for sure, but not sure exactly what component) Diane called for a car hauler for the Packard, loaded with a truck to haul the Bowlus on the rest of the caravan! Never Say Die!

We left John, Dot and Diane about 97 miles back, they will bed down there and catch us up in the morning. We had Sabbaro Pizza at the wheel, on the fly, Made Brady’s Leap just fine, through some weird fog. Had a quick visit with the folks here, and then came in to write.

I will write more at the next stop, but for now… well that beer is still cold……

Fixing stuff in the Bus Lane

A journey of a thousand miles begins with….!

Ok, I went and done it, I’m a blogger! Because i wrote that line. Well, and this one. I guess the point is that STARTING seems to take the most energy. SO now We have started, let’s see what happens…

The day we bought it, THAT journey is a story in itself!

We have a 1976 Revcon Motorhome (The Mighty Revcon). The first exciting report will be updates on the Route 6 Tour. Starting June 3rd We join a caravan of classic trailers travelling across at least half of U.S. Route 6 in Pennsylvania with stops in several communities and campgrounds along the way. The tour is in conjunction with the centennial celebration of the RV industry.

From June 4 to June 14, a caravan of approximately 30 classic vehicles and camping trailers will visit communities and historic sites across the western half of the historic and scenic highway. The caravan plans to stop for two days in a town or at a campground and hold an “open house” for residents and visitors to see these antique and mostly restored cars, trucks and campers. They hope to create a fun and festive time for the towns. Following are highlights of the planned tour:

  • On Friday, June 4, traveling east on Route 6 from the Ohio line, the caravan will arrive at the Brookdale Family Campground in Meadville, near mile marker 24. An Open House will be held on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • On Sunday, June 6, the caravan will travel to the town of Port Allegany in McKean County, between mile marker 159 and 160, for a community event including a “Walk Around” viewing of the vintage trailers and motorcoaches, participation in a car show and a meal.
  • An Open House on Monday, June 7, will take place at the nearby Allegheny River Campground, Roulette, near mile marker 170 from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • On Tuesday, June 8, the caravan will travel to Galeton, near mile marker 198, where they will set up in the John J. Collins Memorial Park, right on the lake. An Open House will be held on Wednesday, June 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • On Thursday, June 10, the caravan moves in Mansfield, near mile marker 234 and will set up in Town Park. An Open House will be held on Friday, June 11 from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • On Saturday, June 12, the caravan turns around and heads back west to Conneaut Lake Park and ends its stay in Pennsylvania.

The Tin Can Tourists http://tincantourists.com is an all make and model vintage trailer and motorcoach club. Its goal is to promote and preserve vintage trailers and motor coaches through Gatherings and information exchange. For more information, contact the PA Route 6 Heritage Corp. at (814) 435-7706