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Road Trip!!!

Discussion in 'Microvans' started by Koffer, Jun 20, 2020.

  1. Koffer

    Koffer Active Member

    Had taken off work for Spring Carlisle 3 times this year , 1st time In April rescheduled/postponed , 2nd time in May , same thing . The 3rd time was for this week and the week before screwed up my hip/leg at work that ibuprofen and walking it off wasn’t working and meds from the hospital wasn’t doing a thing . Thought I was out for the trip . Gave my passes and spaces to the buddies I go with and told them to enjoy
    Went to the orthopedic doctor, he gave me a MRI and some meds that were a adult male over 75 lbs ( his words as he asked how the stuff was taking was doing and when told they didn’t do dick he wasn’t surprised)
    Within 2 days of taking a Steroid for my size I made a game time decision 11:30pm the night before , loaded up the little Subaru with a overnight bag, small tool kit and a AAA card ;)and left in the morning for a 155mile trip to PA . Cruised at 65-70 the whole way on the highway tacking at 5400/5500rpms , temp gauge never going above half .
    The little thing did fantastic just zipped along . Got on the fairgrounds and parked , could have sold it 12 times over within 2 hours of being there . The show had a very light turnout because of the rescheduling and the State of Pennsylvania heath dept was trying to shut it down and filed for a emergency hearing on Wednesday the day it opened . They said there was going to be 100k people there , when it was like 5 to 6k over a 100acre fairground , One of media outlets used a old picture from a Saturday a few years ago off of Carlisle Events web site showing it mobbed .

    Found quickly what I was looking for part/tools wise and then opened up the windows,sun sun roof turned the front seats around and just hung out talking to people from the comfort of the van , handed out a bunch of cards and had a great time .
    More people stopped , looked , took pictures and wanted to ask all about it the. The stock 69 GTO convertible got less looks,that was parked one row away . ( the little stock Mitsubishi mitymax pickup parked next to got more interest)
    Was able to go out to eat ( 1st time in 3 1/2 months) that night , went back on Thursday just hung out , gave out more cards , answered a ton more questions
    At the end of the day , got another meal that wasn’t carry out or delivery . Hopped back on the road at 9:45 pm and was home by 11:30 .
    My MPG was only about 20mpg on the way out , might be a little better on the way home but I didn’t check it yet . Hit 30k miles on the odometer ( 48,280kms) during the trip home
    Ordering the rebuilt motor for my other one with a wrist pin slap I picked up for the transmission ( was going to be parted out if I couldn’t fix the transmission in this one) on Monday
    Hoping to have it done and ready to sell at the Fall Carlisle Show so I can finance my next toy
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  2. Reese Allen

    Reese Allen Member

    Sounds like a great time. It seems like every time I drive mine, it's a mobile car show in and of itself.
  3. juliasiren

    juliasiren New Member

    I'm glad that your little Subaru held up and that you were able to find the parts you needed.
  4. mogandasmogandas

    mogandasmogandas New Member

    Wow, it sounds like you had quite an adventure getting to Spring Carlisle! I'm glad to hear that your little Subaru made it there and back without any issues, and it's great that you were able to find what you were looking for at the show. It's also awesome that you got to go out to eat and enjoy yourself after a few months of not being able to. I hope your rebuilt motor project goes smoothly and that you're able to sell it at the Fall Carlisle Show.
    BTW, consider staying at the Accor hotel and search for "accor hotels near me". The Novotel Surfers Paradise looks like a great option, and I've heard great things about it.
    Last edited: May 24, 2023
  5. TrevorBB

    TrevorBB New Member

    It's great that you were able to go out to eat and enjoy some time hanging out at the fairgrounds!
  6. gabriellewhite

    gabriellewhite New Member

    I'm glad to hear that your steroid treatment helped with your hip/leg pain and that you were able to make it to the Spring Carlisle Show after all. It's great that your little Subaru held up well during the long trip and that you could find the parts and tools you needed. Also, congrats on hitting 30k miles on the odometer!
    BTW, I recently traveled to the Philippines and learned that Cebu is home to the biggest seaport in the country. It's fascinating to learn about different cities and their unique features. Thanks for sharing your story, and I hope your rebuilt motor project goes well!
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2023

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