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On the Wild Side? I think not!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

If you want to get somewhere in a hurry, you go by interstate, If you want to see the countryside, you go the back roads, If you really want to see the wild flowers on the road side, go by tractor.
I along with 100+ tractors went on a 2 day 100 mile ride. The oldest tractor was a 1937 John Deere, completely restored as were most of them. Newest was about a 1980. I would hate to guess at the drivers age but some had to be pushing 90+.
This is my 2nd. year of the 5th. annual 2 day ride. We live in N. ll. and 3 came from Canada, many from Iowa and Wisconsin. You sure get to meet some nice and interesting people committed to keeping the antique tractors alive and still running.
I drove my 1971 I-H 656, I have a 1941 I -H M but the tires aren't the best and the seat would definitely be a killer on my back.
Had 10+ lady drivers. Not all were farmers or ex but had some connection with "dirt" in their lifetime and can't get it out of their blood. It takes alot of organization to make all the connection of back roads so as not to cause an accident with all the fast paced people of our day.
Just thought some of you would be interested on what an "old farmer" does for entertainment in August.
Added one picture of my tractor when loaded for the ride to my Spark pictures.
Life sure is GREAT!

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QUEEN_REINA 9/6/2011 9:12AM

    Sounds like a wonderful time!

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SAHEDGES01 9/3/2011 2:57PM

    That would have been so awesome to see -- I can't count the number of hours I spent riding around on a tractor with my papaw when he was cutting or baling hay!

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TREBLIG71 8/31/2011 8:34AM

    You're making me miss Illinois emoticon Honestly, I love reading anything that takes me back home. emoticon

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ROCKSPARK2012 8/21/2011 10:11AM

    You wild man, you! With the weather in Northern Illinois this time of year, I bet the ride could get pretty WILD! Thanks for sharing that story. It makes me want to hear details.
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ELLENIRENE 8/21/2011 8:48AM

    I've gone on tractor rides,too --when I could trust my M. You do see a lot of countryside--and garbage in the ditch!

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GRAMMACATHY 8/19/2011 10:53PM

    Wonderful. Wish I could have seen that.


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ANNE403 8/16/2011 9:22PM

    My dear BROTHER!

My DH & I are so proud of you. Your blog is great & DH & I really enjoyed it. So happy you enjoy doing things like this. Keep it up. We love you Sis & DH emoticon

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MARVEEME 8/16/2011 9:09PM

    I think SO! This qualifies as the wild side....quite a feat, and awesome wheels too! Thank you so much for sharing this one. Loved it!
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