Vintage Airstream Club - 2004 Rocky Mountain Rally
It was definitely a case of "Better Late than Never", as my temperamental vehicles (the third one was the "charm" - - well, sort of . . . ) finally allowed me to reach Colorado Springs on the last day of the Rally. It was quite a site approaching Colorado on I-70 West from Kansas - - on Tuesday, August 3 as about six Vintage Airstreams passed by on their way East on I-70. It was great to renew acquaintainces as well as meet several members for the first time.
I had never contemplated attending a Rally without my trailer, but it worked out rather well in the end. Had I known about the tow vehcile issues a little earlier, it may have even been possible to obtain accommodations in the host park's Camper Cabins; as it was there were a number of reasonably priced motels in the area. One thing that I did realize was that I had forgotten what a convenicne RV travel could be - - I definitely don't want to return permanently to the motel/suitcase brigade (I had forgotten how much I hated having to deal with loading and unloading luggage at each stop).
This year's trip to the Rally will go down in my "Murphy's Law" notes. July 26, learn that the Cadillac has a left front torsion bar that must be replaced before it will be safe for travel - - out of service indefinitely as part is NLA. July 27, learn that the Suburban will require new electronic module that will allow it to be taken out of four-wheel-drive - - part ordered by GM dealer on overnight-shipment (when the third part hadn't arrived on July 30ths shipment gave up on Suburban - - the part didn't arrive until August 9). Chevy Blazer checked-out by dealer and readied for trip on July 30 with departure on July 31 - - blew plastic radiator drain valve on West of Oakley, Kansas on August 1 (towed into Goodland where repairs were completed late Monday). The remaining 2,700 miles were uneventful (decided to recreate my Colorado tour from 1982 following the Rally; and then took the scenic route through the Smoky Hills/Flint Hills/Gypsum Hills of Kansas - - some of the most enjoyable driving that I have experienced recently).
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)