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,