On Sunday we headed for Northwestern Ohio for a family visit. My nephew was having a house warming party and we had to see the place. The house had a sad recent history but with a whole lot of work from my sister, her husband, and my nephew it is now a very nice little place. Bought for a song after a Sheriff's sale, the small house, a century-old tavern, and good size lot all across the road from the Maumee River represent an excellent investment. The property also holds potential as a life-long residence even for the young man now living there. Good luck, Ben, and may your new home be filled with good friends, good times, and happy memories!
Early in the trip my 2002 Honda Civic EX turned 100,000 miles. The car's in great shape which, to many people nowadays isn't a big deal. I, however, grew up in a time (not that long ago) when a car with 100,000+ miles on it was usually good and ready for the scrap yard! This baby is still rarin' to go, gets very good gas mileage, and looks great. Photo by She Who Must Be Obeyed shot whilst careening down the Ohio Turnpike, somewhere in Lorain County, at the legal limit of 65 MPH. Don't worry… I was driving, She was shooting.
I'm pretty sure some of our farm vehicles were over 200,000 miles! When things went wrong my father would "tinker" until it was fixed. Many cars now are so "computerised" I don't think that is possible. It must have been neat to get a photo as the number clicked over!
Amazing the farm vehicles were driven 200,000 miles! Usually they seem not to travel very far but those real utility vehicles get hard use. Of course, Australia's a pretty big place and I suppose your father had to travel a good distance to get from here to there. I remember a time when my dad came in, exasperated. He couldn't work on his cars any more… the "black boxes" had taken over to the point where mechanical talent, a screw driver, and a good set of wrenches just didn't cut it. The Photo? We were very lucky in that were traveling a series of curves when the odometer hit the magic number. For quite some time the sun was not lighting the dial. The car turned in just the right direction a few moments before the mileage changed to 100001 allowing my wife to catch the 100 grand. Come to think of it, 100001 is pretty cool, too! — JG
Some of our vehicles were probably 15-20 years old so that might explain the large numbers. You just drove them until they died. They would be unregistered once they became "unroadworthy" but our farm was nearly 3,000 acres so there was quite a bit to drive around rounding up cows & sheep, moving irrigation pipes etc. Ah… the good old days! You have brought back some good memories!
I never careen! Really glad you could come. We enjoyed your visit.