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    Got back about 5pm from a Potomac Chapter Fall Tour with travelers from Allegheny Region, Ohio Region, Keystone Region and Potomac. We had optimistically predicted having 20 people when we first started planning this, but we ended up with 54.
    The Eastern Contingent started from Boyce, VA (US 340 and US 50)toward our destination, The Inn at Snowshoe (WV), about 160 miles. First bad thing- after nine easy miles we hit a freshly tarred and graveled road (five-mile stretch)[xx(][xx(]. However, after an hour and a half of gorgeous scenery and a terrific lunch at Oneill's in Moorefield, WV, spirits were improved. Unfortunately, about 20 miles later in Petersburg, WV, the oldest car in the parade, a pristine '50 Champion developed a fuel problem that couldn't be fixed along the road. They got roll-backed at the way back home (about 150 miles), but even after waiting five hours for the tow truck, they got back in their Brand C and drove to the hotel arriving at 2am.
    (Added by edit) Forgot to mention that after leaving Petersburg we stopped at Smoke Hole Caverns and got a great tour. I'm not much for tacky tourist attractions (and this looked like one), but was a truly interesting well-presented tour. Leaving Smoke Hole we trucked on getting (end edit) to the hotel past our happy hour time, but after dinner we changed it to a happy evening. Potomac Chapter furnished the live music with our Darrell Carr and his guitar and Allegheny's Jim and Kay Dowdy furnished the libations- a case of their EXCELLENT home-made wine.
    Saturday morning we sleepily lined up to caravan up to Snowshoe Village, elevation 4800 feet).



    Studes all made the climb with no sweat. Here are a few of the cars in the parking lot at the Village (Snowshoe is a major ski resort).



    After shopping/eating/riding a 3850-foot long chair lift at Snowshoe we headed down the mountain toward Green Bank, WV, site of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Here we saw the largest steerable radio telescope in the world, 100 x 110 meters of surface (2.3 acres), 485 feet tall. Digital camera weren't allowed on the tour due to stray interference they can transmit- fascinating place with a great, almost Sci-Fi Visitor Center/Science Hall.
    From NRAO we drove about 10 miles back to the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park where they run restored Shay locomotives pulling the original logging cars up the mountain. These are extremely powerful machines capable of climbing 11% grades. They were used in the early 1900s to haul timber out of the mountains to a railhead in the valley at Cass, WV.



    Their engines are much different from the typical locomotive in that they have vertical pistons turning a very long crankshaft that is geared to each set of wheels, even those on the tender. We rode the "Fiddle and Vittles" train to an old logging camp at nearly 3300 feet where we had a catered barbeque and bluegrass entertainment. These engines aren't very fuel efficient- used 1500 pounds of coal and 1200 gallons of water in the roughly four-mile trip.





    While everyone was tired, Dowdy's still had some wine and the guitar was still working so...[8D]

    This morning after breakfast the western contingent went their way and we started for home with a stop at Seneca Rocks, a spectacular rock formation, one of the premier rock-climbs in the Eastern US. Here is part of our group with the rocks behind us. Some of the others were wandering around when the shot was made.

    [img]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/SDC%20Pix/Copy%20of%20misc%209-20-23%201
    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
    It looks like you had a good time Paul and I bet the weather was a lot cooler than it was at the Field Day of the Past outside of Richmond!

    Leonard Shepherd
    http://leonardshepherd.com/

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    • #3
      It looks like you had a good time Paul and I bet the weather was a lot cooler than it was at the Field Day of the Past outside of Richmond!

      Leonard Shepherd
      http://leonardshepherd.com/

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      • #4
        Wow! Sounds like a GREAT tour! Neat!!![]

        Miscreant adrift in
        the BerStuda Triangle


        1957 Transtar 1/2ton
        1960 Larkvertible V8
        1958 Provincial wagon
        1953 Commander coupe

        No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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        • #5
          Wow! Sounds like a GREAT tour! Neat!!![]

          Miscreant adrift in
          the BerStuda Triangle


          1957 Transtar 1/2ton
          1960 Larkvertible V8
          1958 Provincial wagon
          1953 Commander coupe

          No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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          • #6
            Paul,
            The Cass Weekend was great! Traveling down the road in a line of Studebakers in a forty-something year old vehicle, listening to AM radio on the rural roads of WV, enjoying the scenery, is a throw back to "the good old days" when driving was fun. As much as I appreciate my daily driver with all its amenities, I always have a good time DRIVING my Studebakers.
            Only two "incidents" in 428 miles -- on the way to Snowshoe on Friday a car pulled out in front of me at an intersection while making a left hand turn. Not too close as I expected it and had time to brake. What I didn't expect was driving back to the motel and having my lights suddenly go out!
            There were no cars in front or behind me (I was the last leaving the train station) so it was REALLY DARK even with the full moon. Fortunately the lights came back on in a moment, although it seemed like an eternity at the time. Then just as I caught my breath, they went out a second time. When they came on again this time, I had switched to low beams and they stayed on the rest of the way to the motel.
            This hadn't happened to me for several years. At that time a car was approaching and as I switched from high beams to low, the lights went out. This time the high beams were on and just went out (including the dash lights) without my doing anything. It definitely gets your attention, especially considering the winding mountain road and potential wildlife.
            The trip home was without incident. This was a worthwhile weekend. I got to meet and hang out with some new Stude folks that I knew only from the internet. Darrell's music and humor were a plus, reinforcing what I always say about Studebakers: "It's not just about the cars; it's also about the people." I hated to see it come to an end. Won't be too long before it will be time to mothball the Studes for the winter months. And I'll miss them.
            Thanks for setting all this up.
            JWW (John Wherry)
            '64 Daytona conv

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            • #7
              Paul,
              The Cass Weekend was great! Traveling down the road in a line of Studebakers in a forty-something year old vehicle, listening to AM radio on the rural roads of WV, enjoying the scenery, is a throw back to "the good old days" when driving was fun. As much as I appreciate my daily driver with all its amenities, I always have a good time DRIVING my Studebakers.
              Only two "incidents" in 428 miles -- on the way to Snowshoe on Friday a car pulled out in front of me at an intersection while making a left hand turn. Not too close as I expected it and had time to brake. What I didn't expect was driving back to the motel and having my lights suddenly go out!
              There were no cars in front or behind me (I was the last leaving the train station) so it was REALLY DARK even with the full moon. Fortunately the lights came back on in a moment, although it seemed like an eternity at the time. Then just as I caught my breath, they went out a second time. When they came on again this time, I had switched to low beams and they stayed on the rest of the way to the motel.
              This hadn't happened to me for several years. At that time a car was approaching and as I switched from high beams to low, the lights went out. This time the high beams were on and just went out (including the dash lights) without my doing anything. It definitely gets your attention, especially considering the winding mountain road and potential wildlife.
              The trip home was without incident. This was a worthwhile weekend. I got to meet and hang out with some new Stude folks that I knew only from the internet. Darrell's music and humor were a plus, reinforcing what I always say about Studebakers: "It's not just about the cars; it's also about the people." I hated to see it come to an end. Won't be too long before it will be time to mothball the Studes for the winter months. And I'll miss them.
              Thanks for setting all this up.
              JWW (John Wherry)
              '64 Daytona conv

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              • #8
                quote:Originally posted by JWW

                Paul,
                The Cass Weekend was great! ... What I didn't expect was driving back to the motel and having my lights suddenly go out!
                There were no cars in front or behind me (I was the last leaving the train station) so it was REALLY DARK even with the full moon. Fortunately the lights came back on in a moment, although it seemed like an eternity at the time. Then just as I caught my breath, they went out a second time. When they came on again this time, I had switched to low beams and they stayed on the rest of the way to the motel.
                This hadn't happened to me for several years. At that time a car was approaching and as I switched from high beams to low, the lights went out. This time the high beams were on and just went out (including the dash lights) without my doing anything. It definitely gets your attention, especially considering the winding mountain road and potential wildlife.
                The trip home was without incident. This was a worthwhile weekend. I got to meet and hang out with some new Stude folks that I knew only from the internet. Darrell's music and humor were a plus, reinforcing what I always say about Studebakers: "It's not just about the cars; it's also about the people." I hated to see it come to an end. Won't be too long before it will be time to mothball the Studes for the winter months. And I'll miss them.
                Thanks for setting all this up.
                Thanks John. It was great meeting you and many of the others who are now my new best friends.
                I have had the same thing happen on my Wagonaire. I had installed halogen beams, both high and low. If I go more than a minute or two with all four lighted, my breaker "breaks" until it can cool. If I stay with low beams, it is ok. My plan is to do the relay upgrade. The old switchesjust can't take that much joice flowing directly through them.


                [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson
                '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
                '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
                '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
                Museum R-4 engine
                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

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by JWW

                  Paul,
                  The Cass Weekend was great! ... What I didn't expect was driving back to the motel and having my lights suddenly go out!
                  There were no cars in front or behind me (I was the last leaving the train station) so it was REALLY DARK even with the full moon. Fortunately the lights came back on in a moment, although it seemed like an eternity at the time. Then just as I caught my breath, they went out a second time. When they came on again this time, I had switched to low beams and they stayed on the rest of the way to the motel.
                  This hadn't happened to me for several years. At that time a car was approaching and as I switched from high beams to low, the lights went out. This time the high beams were on and just went out (including the dash lights) without my doing anything. It definitely gets your attention, especially considering the winding mountain road and potential wildlife.
                  The trip home was without incident. This was a worthwhile weekend. I got to meet and hang out with some new Stude folks that I knew only from the internet. Darrell's music and humor were a plus, reinforcing what I always say about Studebakers: "It's not just about the cars; it's also about the people." I hated to see it come to an end. Won't be too long before it will be time to mothball the Studes for the winter months. And I'll miss them.
                  Thanks for setting all this up.
                  Thanks John. It was great meeting you and many of the others who are now my new best friends.
                  I have had the same thing happen on my Wagonaire. I had installed halogen beams, both high and low. If I go more than a minute or two with all four lighted, my breaker "breaks" until it can cool. If I stay with low beams, it is ok. My plan is to do the relay upgrade. The old switchesjust can't take that much joice flowing directly through them.


                  [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson
                  '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
                  '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
                  '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
                  Museum R-4 engine
                  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

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                  • #10
                    Our chapter webmaster, Bob Johnstone, has assembled a great group of pix
                    from out Fall Tour last weekend.
                    See:
                    http://www.studebaker-info.org/photo...ur07/ft07.html


                    [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson
                    '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
                    '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
                    '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
                    Museum R-4 engine
                    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

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                    • #11
                      Our chapter webmaster, Bob Johnstone, has assembled a great group of pix
                      from out Fall Tour last weekend.
                      See:
                      http://www.studebaker-info.org/photo...ur07/ft07.html


                      [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson
                      '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
                      '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
                      '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
                      Museum R-4 engine
                      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

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