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In my sister's driveway

In my sister's driveway
It really is the 100,000 mile road trip!
That, and then some.

Chicago tried to eat my car, but only managed to yank the cosmetic part of the front bumper loose, breaking the bit that anchors it on in the process. Six years of snapping the bottom piece of bumper trim back on paid off today -- after pushing and banging on it a bit with a rubber mallet, I lifted and pushed just so and the unsightly 3/4-inch gap vanished as the piece moved back where it belongs. There's still the broken bit on the side, so it's not perfect, but, hey, my car took on the ice of Chicago. It's a miracle it emerged at all.

Yesterday, I removed some of the ice that had been around the Yukon in my sister's driveway. Today, warmth and rain took care of the rest. Yes, that 57 degrees Fahrenheit exterior temperature that you see below the odometer is real. A big change from the -12 degrees I saw there just 6 days ago.

Today's jaunt was down to Battle Creek for a few more hours with my dad. We went shopping for a new refrigerator. When a freezer compartment rusts out such that ice forms on the top...on the outside...it's time to get a new fridge. In my father's case, it's been doing that for at least the last 17 months. It was well past time, so I took advantage of being present to help him make it happen now.

On the way back to my sister's, I glanced down and was surprised to see the odometer at 99,998. I knew I was going to be turning over 100,000 miles before leaving Michigan, but thought it wouldn't happen until tomorrow. Next up, straight 9's, and me without a camera. The 100,000th mile showed up shortly after I turned onto Tecumseh River Road, and Sue's house is less than a mile from there. I grabbed my camera and snapped a few shots to document the occasion. You may have to click on the one above to see it clearly.

I'm meeting netmouse and flinx for breakfast Sunday. I expected to then be setting out for the trip home, but the 35-40 mph winds that are forecast pretty much everywhere I'd be driving tomorrow have me rethinking that plan...

It's been a fabulous trip on the people front, but I do have to say, the weather has sucked pretty much everywhere I've been. Well, except for Corning, NY. The weather was nice in Corning.

Onward. Homeward. After maybe another day or so. Presuming I can get out in between the bits of freezing rain, that is.


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Dec. 28th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
Spiffy! Now, if you drive backward all the way home...you'll get a lot of tickets. :-)
Dec. 28th, 2008 07:29 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what's happening here in Kentucky tonight, but it's coming in with a vengeance. It's raining and the wind is blowing madly. We didn't need jackets today, but it is supposed to drop down to about thirty degrees by morning. I hope nothing serious happens. We have to drive back to Tennessee in the morning. I hope your weather holds out for you.
Dec. 28th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
How old is your car?

I've had my car for 33 months and it's driven about 25,000 kms. At this rate the car will do it's 100,000 mile (160,000 km) in about 15 years.
Dec. 28th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
Six and a half years. It took me considerably longer to put 100,000 miles on my last Toyota -- more like eight or nine, IIRC.

My car started in Minnesota. I drove it east once before my move, and then for the move itself. I've driven it back to Minnesota twice since I moved to Massachusetts, and to Michigan (and Chicago) at least a half dozen times in addition to that. Each of those trips adds 1,500-3,000+ miles to the odometer, and each of the kazillion trips to Boston adds 150 or more miles. So even though I work at home, the miles have added up in a hurry.
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