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    Saturday morning the Potomac Chapter met in Hagerstown, MD to begin our Spring Tour to Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia. The weather forecast wasn't great. Just as we were all getting ready to leave Hagerstown, it dumped- great start for a tour[V]. However, in a few minutes it quit and we drove on wet roads for a few miles, then everything was fine except that it was pretty warm and humid. We had a rest stop planned at he Seidling Hill Rest Stop on I-68. It was really busy, but we spent 20 or so minutes there. As we were pulling out, the Thrush's '54 pickup vapor locked. I had carried a two-gallon container of gasoline for that possibility and we got him going. Then when I tried to start- same problem (cheap 10% ethanol). I got going in a few minutes, but got way behind the others who had already left. Caught up with them just outside Cumberland, MD where we were to turn south toward Blackwater. Lunch stop at Keyser, WV- vapor lock again, but was rolling and got going ok before it stopped. The rest of the trip to Blackwater was ok though. Everyone got through a steep four-mile climb with no problem. By the time we got to the State Park Lodge, it was cool (about 3300 feet) and vaopr lock wasn't a problem. After checking in we toured the park. This is the group (missing four of the 28 attendees) at one of the great canyon overlooks-



    For next stop was the Falls Overlook parking area where most of the travelers braved the 214 steps down to the closeup platform at the falls. Down was easy, up another story.



    On the way back up, our Webmeister, Bob Johnstone demonstrated how to climb up on a BIG rock.



    Weather during our park tour was great, but after we got back to the Lodge it rained hard- no harm since we were through driving for the day. We had dinner in the Lodge Dining Room where they had set up a long table for the 28 of us. Unfortunately, this is the "in between" season for the Lodge and service was very slow, but we still had a good time. After dinner, "git'tar" virtuoso Darrell Carr entertained most of us (plus other lodge guests) in the large room off the lobby.
    Sunday morning, after a great breakfast buffet at the Lodge we formed up in 45 degree weather to drive 15 or so miles to the Canaan Valley State Park Resort.



    After a nice lunch at the Canaan Valley Resport Lodge, Dusty Bob Wagner formed us up below the Lodge for this grouping of our cars.
    14 cars, eight were Studebakers). We were all supposed to be standing by the cars, but the women generally refused to get out of the cars



    From Canaan we headed home. First stretch was a seven mile 10% downgrade which was a little thrilling, but every got to the bottom ok. Rest of the return trip was unevenful with good weather, beautiful West Virginia scenery and light traffic.
    For much more great pictoral coverage with commentary, Bob Johnstone has posted more pictures to the Potomac Chapter website- http://www.studebaker-info.org/photo...sdcst2009.html


    Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

  • #2
    Looks like fun. Thank you for posting.



    Gary Sanders
    Nixa, MO
    President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.
    Gary Sanders
    Nixa, MO

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    • #3
      it looks and sounds like a great time was had by all. Thanks for posting the pictures rw.

      rawise
      rawise

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      • #4
        You folks go on the best trips! This one is no exception. Thanks for taking us along with us by posting this here.

        Joe Roberts
        '61 R1 Champ
        '65 Cruiser
        Editor of "The Down Easterner"
        Eastern North Carolina Chapter
        Joe Roberts
        '61 R1 Champ
        '65 Cruiser
        Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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