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Last drive in the Alfa for 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

You will see the Alfa in my profile picture. It is a replica of a 1932 Alfa Romeo, which Peter built over 2 years on a VW Chassis. It's an open car, no top and only very small windshields (2 of them) which are so small that you look over them rather than through them. Even slouching, I can't get much protection from them, and I'm only 5'3".

Peter has a funny habit at the end of the season for the bikes and cars. He wants to get the odometer to an even number, preferably ending in 000, but if that's too much, 500 will do.

He suggested today that we "top up" the Alfa. The temperature was only 3C or 37F, so we dressed warmly... Flannel pj pants tucked into woolen knee socks with another pair of pants. On top I had a short-sleeve tee-shirt, topped by a long-sleeve tee-shirt,topped by a sweatshirt, topped by my padded Alfa jacket. I wore a woolen hat under my helmet and tied a wool scarf around my neck. Goggles and lined leather gloves completed my costume. Oh... and I had a wool blanket over my legs.

We needed to drive 136 miles to bring the mileage up to an even 29,000. We left home about 1:30 and drove north and east for 65 miles before heading west, then south toward home.

We got home with 5 miles to spare. Peter topped up the gas, added stabilizer and will drive around town until he gets to exactly 29,000 as he pulls into the driveway. He's been known to go around the block backwards if he goes over.

Meanwhile, I've taken off only the scarf, jacket, hat and gloves and am sitting by the fire, which feels wonderful.

Unfortunately the Sprite still needs 400+ miles. At least it has a roof!

Thanks for reading,
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PATRICIAANN46 10/29/2013 2:48PM

  Hi Gail..........
I can completely understand your being frozen solid. We have been known to take our Mustang Convertible for Fall rides with the heater on for warmth. Our two dogs used to come with us and ended up under my feet huddled together as if their lives depended on it.
Thanks for the memory-jog!!!
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Patti
PS.......I am still smiling thinking of your husband driving backwards around the block.

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KATHRYNLP 10/29/2013 9:36AM

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 10/29/2013 5:10AM

    Isn't it great !! When our mates have quirks that we sort of love and sort of don't all at the same time. Keep smiling and having fun... and allow me to be just a tad jealous.
Hugs Audra

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NEW-CAZ 10/29/2013 3:04AM

    wonderful! emoticon

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NORASPAT 10/28/2013 9:48PM

    Gail. I have been trying to remember where the Sprite comes from. I actually commented on my response to my challenge partner and asked about the sprite she says she drinks cola, forgot which one.
I kept thinking about the red car. DH said it was not a Sprite but now he thinks it is an Austin Healy. Tell me he is right HUGS Pat in Maine.
ESSO happy Motoring HUGS emoticon

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MADAMES 10/28/2013 7:17PM

    How funny! I love your emoticom to express your sentiments!
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