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Event Coverage B-bop's Laid off, make the most of it Solo road trip

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by b-bop, May 23, 2016.

  1. b-bop
    Joined: May 19, 2008
    Posts: 915


    Congrats on the retirement. If I make it, I will buy you and toast you with a frosty beverage. :)
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  2. ffr1222k
    Joined: Nov 5, 2009
    Posts: 1,187


    B-bop are you going to Bonneville again this year?
  3. Yes, inquiring minds want to know.......
  4. philly the greek
    Joined: Feb 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,865

    philly the greek
    from so . cal.

    What a nice way to spend a couple of late night hours reading this thread . I'm leaving next month with a few buddies on a 4K mile road trip back to Speedy Bills via CA, NV,ID, WY, SD, NB, CO, UT , AZ , and back home to CA. Hope that we have half the fun that you did . Thanks for the inspiration .
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  5. b-bop
    Joined: May 19, 2008
    Posts: 915


    Not sure yet guys, I have a 5 year old now on all my roadtrips. His mom is unable to take care of him, and I am not sure if he is ready for B'Ville. But if I do make it, you know there will be another thread to cover it.
  6. b-bop
    Joined: May 19, 2008
    Posts: 915


    Thanks Philly, I hope you guys all have cameras along and take lots of pics and write a thread about your adventure. I love a good road trip thread. :) Safe travels.
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  7. I took my son(him in my avatar at 17yo) when he was was challenging. They have really short attention spans at that age. I don't regret it now, but at the time was wondering why I did it?
    Still hope to see you there!
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  8. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 13,120

    from KCMO

    Sounds like most of us lol
  9. Great thread! I’m building my teardrop now. Automotive projects next in line. Prepping for my future retirement in 5 to 10 yrs. Hope to have similar adventures then.
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  10. Texas Drifter
    Joined: Oct 8, 2016
    Posts: 60

    Texas Drifter

    OK so its a number of years later but after reading all about your adventures with the tear drop, I'm now going to research teardrops. I may build one just for something to do. It's be interesting pulling one and traveling as I do with the Coupe. Something to definitely think about. I enjoyed reading about your adventures. Thanks for letting us enjoy your travels.
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  11. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,725

    Atwater Mike

    My younger brother had a 5' X 9' teardrop in the '80s...Hooked it up to my F100 for the Goodguise show in Pleasanton. (CA.)
    I laid back at the swap site, Teardrop is a handy friend. (had a LARGE size cooler, many frosties...Adolph Coors was along, with Bud. Lots of 'em...)
    Younger bro hooked up the Teardrop before we left, (he was 'in the bag') I asked "Locked down? Chains hooked up?"
    He replied how he knew all about his teardrop, don't worry... (Army man). :rolleyes:

    About 60 MPH on a downgrade, h'wy 680...I glanced to the left, Bob's teardrop was passing us...Looked great, just cruising by. He jumps forward, yells "Mike! Get it stopped!" Well...I wasn't going to pass it, get in front of it and kiss my tailgate g'bye...
    About 1/4 mile, it slowly changed lanes, got in front of me. The grade was leveled out by now, and the Teardrop found a concrete abutment to glance off, then rolled slowly to a stop. Prayer worked...
    After a quick inspection, (latch was 'up', never secured...chains were hooked back to the tongue. Never attached: grrrrr...)
    Well, luckily, I was able to re-attach the hitch, click the lever down, and insert the safety pin. And hook up the chains! Also, the lights never got plugged in.
    Little Bro's Buds were rationed from then on.
  12. b-bop
    Joined: May 19, 2008
    Posts: 915


    This thread has been sitting around collecting dust for a while but I came across this video today and thought it was a good addition for “what to do when ya gotta go”. Or how to have a dump on a road trip.
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  13. e1956v
    Joined: Sep 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,793

    Alliance Vendor

    Man that’s a crappy video, favorite line if we’re gonna live wild and free in nature we gotta figure out howta poop
    Good one b-bop
    What a crappy job for a pretty assistant
    Dog biscuits anyone?

    Sent from my iPhone
    Should I rush your rush job or the rush job I was rushing when you rushed in?

    Elwood: There's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark out, and we're wearing sunglasses.
    Joliet Jake: Hit it!
    Last edited: May 1, 2021
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  14. That video has not been approved by the NDDA. National Dumpster Divers Association. Too many unpleasant surprises.
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  15. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,070

    from So Cal

    Just read through this thread after following a link to it in another thread. What a great adventure, thanks for sharing it with us. Should be about time for another road trip by now!
  16. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 4,209


    What a great roadtrip. Thank you for taking the time to post up about it so many years ago. Epic!
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  17. b-bop
    Joined: May 19, 2008
    Posts: 915


    BlueS4U, I am so overdue for another road trip, it is killing me. This whole Covid gongshow has kept me mostly off the road. I cannot cross over the US/Can border, and so much stuff is closed in Canada, its not really worth the effort. I did do a big trip in the summer of 2019 but it was with my mini van as it was the middle of summer and the end game was to see my new grandaughter that had just been born in Las Vegas. My grandson and I were on the road for 41 nights. My A/C in the model A would not have kept up on those 120 degree days. Kinda kicking my ass now that we have been shut down for the last couple years
  18. Looking forward to your next adventure.
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  19. bigmikes50chevy
    Joined: Mar 19, 2010
    Posts: 359


    as am I. Hopefully, this whole "can't say anything nice, so I won't" thing will end soon, and our northern brothers and sisters and get back on the road!

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  20. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 4,912


    Above is b-bop's post # 221 in this thread. This is were my signature line came from; with his permission. That was such a cool road trip.
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  21. ekimneirbo
    Joined: Apr 29, 2017
    Posts: 2,184

    from Brooks Ky

    Not thread related, but you might want to consider starting a consulting service and make yourself available to your old company for a "reasonable fee"..............knowledge and experience are especially valuble when things go south!:)
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  22. Just went through the thread again. Always a fun read!
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  23. Davesblue50
    Joined: Oct 25, 2021
    Posts: 36


    Great thread indeed. I do miss road trips. Sure would like to see the plans B-Bop followed to build the tear drop. Closing in on retirement and I can see these trips in my future. Thanks for the pics and updates.
  24. b-bop
    Joined: May 19, 2008
    Posts: 915


    Hey Dave, I don't have any plans for the Tear Drop, but the best place for information on TD's is here There is a a set of plans you can download on that site as well Mine is slightly different as my rear hatch does not go to the floor level.

    Thought I would toss in another pic here as well. This is my month in the Cool Tears magazine calendar. Dammmm I miss the open road :(

    Last edited: Nov 11, 2021
  25. Thanks for the rabbit hole links, I may never come back out.
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