I caught a nasty head cold in Denver & haven’t been able to do much besides drive & sleep. I’ll catch you up this week!

So the plan was to leave Tuesday and head to Virginia for the Virginia Wine Tasting and Fly Fishing Festival. As fate would have it the exhaust fell off of my truck so I spent Tuesday doing some repairs on the exhaust and built a small shelf system for the van to give me some more space because at the beginning of these world tours I have boxes and boxes of Ty-Rites and very little space and the shelf seems to have alleviated some of that problem. I also went to Western Machine and Supply looking for some Taps that I need for our Ty-Rites. The guys there were great and spent a lot of time solving my problem. Also found a machinist that will make some of the dies and so forth that I need to bring the tapping of our Ty-Rites in-house which should increase profit. Farhat is a nice man who works out of his home and has quite the sweet setup in his garage. I woke up Wednesday morning did some laundry at my sister’s house, said my goodbyes and headed out on the road. There has been a distributor that has eluded me for a couple years and I just could not find where they were headquartered. Well through a strange turn of events I was told that they were based in Greeley, Colorado and wouldn’t you know I’d be driving right by so I made a phone call to the number I had been given by Donnie at Jax in Broomfield and headed to Stone Creek Whole Distribution. While doing this I stopped by the house I grew up in until 8th grade minus a couple years that we lived in Golden Colorado on a farm my dad’s Uncle owned. The trees you see in this picture my mom and dad planted and my brother and I would get in trouble for jumping over them all the time. On the way out of town, I was driving 287 and went by our old farm that I grew up on…. It’s now condos and a hospital! I don’t even recognize the area anymore other than Chuck Waneka’s farm is still there being operated as a Co-op farm/open space but all the other farms in the area have long since been developed. Colorado is nothing like it was when I grew up there. Also took the time to drive by my old high school and ironically other than being added onto multiple times it still actually looked the same but instead of 900 students, they’re up to thousands.

I had a long but good productive meeting with Rocky and Pam from Stone Creek Supply and we may be able to do some business. They carry the knock-off and are not happy with the quality so hopefully, we can get in and replace that and start getting The Original Ty-Rite back out to the stores they supply. I didn’t really leave Colorado until Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. which of course meant that I was going to have to do some night driving which is okay with me because I have lots of auxiliary lighting and there’s much less traffic. The observations of the road this blog, people in Missouri are some of the most selfish unaware drivers in the country, truck drivers have become inconsiderate assholes but that could be due to the increased numbers of idiots driving these days.

One of the greatest pieces of legislation ever passed by the Michigan House and Senate AND enforced by the State Patrol was making it a law that driving in the left lane except to pass was prohibited. Traffic on the highways in Michigan moves so well because everybody’s in the right lane except when you’re going around somebody and you are allowed to accelerate to get in front of them. Other states need to adopt and enforce this policy! Missourians could care less about the flow of traffic and I actually saw 3 cars move into the left lane when a third lane was added to the highway and continue to drive slow while the rest of us passed them on the right. Where has common sense gone in this country? The other thing that just drives me nuts is paying tolls on highways that my state taxes and gas taxes have already contributed too! This was once again the thorn in my side as I had driven 576 miles on I-70 through Colorado and partially through Kansas and then Kansas decides to charge $4.75 to drive on a section of the same Highway that the federal government is paying to maintain and every other state! I drove for another 700 miles on I-70 without a toll??? Where does Kansas get the right to charge a toll for a highway that the federal government maintains and is free on both sides of the state? Taxes should infuriate everyone as it is our government stealing money they we have learned and I’ve already paid taxes on once in the form of payroll taxes. We need to shut down the government completely and start over in my opinion. Our congressmen and Senators, for the most part, do not work for us anymore. Enough on that subject. The states I drove through on this leg of the trip are: Colorado Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia & I’m in Virginia with about a five hour drive to the venue.  Spent the night at a rest stop on I-64.Driven

1763 miles this leg & used 195.8 gallons of gas….the ol girl isn’t getting the milage I’m use too, but she’s running like brand new! Must be time to clean the K&N air filter.

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