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Thursday night around midnight I was finishing the task of packing my bags for the Power Tour. For me the thought of being a Long Hauler was really bittersweet. As a child I remember flipping through the pages of Hot Rod magazine and dreaming about driving across the country with one of the cars that adorned the pages.

Since that time however, I got a case of the wife and three kids… Even though my wife probably enjoys some time away from me, just the thought of not seeing her pretty face and my three little princesses for an entire week really tugged at my heart strings. That being said, I zipped up my luggage and decided that a healthy dose of horsepower and good regimen of open road would help me get by:thumbsup:

Friday morning luckily came and went fairly quickly and right before noon I was clear for take-off. I hopped into the company Camaro and headed north. By the way did I mention that this is part of my Job!

Heading through central Indiana I stopped for a quick pit stop just outside of Martinsville. Looking across the parking lot I saw a sign saying The Knuckle Sandwich. With my curiosity peaked and my stomach growling I decided to check it out.
Some friendly service and flat top grilled patty melt later I was back on the road. On a side not, for anyone traveling on 37 through Indiana, the overall diner experience was excellent. Getting back to business, I continued north towards Wisconsin.

A few hours later and a couple hundred more miles down it was time for another food and fuel stop. The City of Oglesby was the next sign I saw and I left the interstate. Ahead a few classic cars were turning in to a parking lot and I figured that must be the spot. As luck would have it, there was a root beer stand having a cruise in. With the clock running and daylight disappearing I only spent a few minutes taking in the automotive scenery and decided to mark The Root Beer Stand as a future Friday night stop.

Further down the road and with the trip odometer hitting 486 miles the light had already left the sky as pulled into the hotel parking lot at Madison, WI. Today is the official start at the Alliant Energy Center here is Madison. If anyone is out and about, stop by the Ridetech booth to say hello!

I’ll try to post a recap of each day for my experience. Post your own personal experience too!
 

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Yeah thats the old A&W Rootbeer Stand Drive In Diner in Oglesby, IL.
You were pretty close to my House outside of Town.
Seen A group of Muslecars going North bound on I-39 Friday afternoon.
 

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Yeah thats the old A&W Rootbeer Stand Drive In Diner in Oglesby, IL.
You were pretty close to my House outside of Town.
Seen A group of Muslecars going North bound on I-39 Friday afternoon.
You live in a friendly place :) Several people made it a point to say hello as i walked around looking at the cars.
 

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From Madison to Champaign it rained fairly steadily. About 5 miles outside of Parkland College the rain stopped and the weather remained warm and windy with no rain. I didn't here the number of attendees but the venue appeared packed. I ran across several of my customers that are on the long haul. I also met a few Forum members in person.
The word came out that bad weather was on the way and luckily we were packed and on the road quickly. I entered the hotel with a sunny sky and 15 minutes later looked out my window to see the down pour. We are currently under a Tornado warning...

On to Saint Louis Tomorrow!
 

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From Champaign, IL to Madison, IL (St. Louis) was a wet one... Just as we rolled into town, the sun showed up and took care of business.

I met a couple more forum members today which was awesome :), and as far as that goes, anyone that stops by the booth to say hello will get a Ridetech mystery gift!

I met allot of new people today. Its really amazes me on how many people from all over the US and farther get together to share their appreciation for hot rodding. I talked to people from Oregon and Washington and California that all drove here to be on the tour.

So far it has been a great trip and I am excited for the rest of the week. What a great Country we live in that we are able to do things like this!










my boss's white C7Z with some of the Lingenfelter cars

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I didn't get an opportunity to post an update yesterday, but the trip down to Memphis was a good one. It was a perfect day to leave the windows down and crank up the radio. Farm land stretched as far as the eye could see.

Seeing the plains sweep across the fields and then abruptly dart up and turn sharply only to do it again sure looked like a true form of freedom. I can only image that the folks flying those planes are having just as much fun as myself and the other several thousand that are driving across our great country.

114 cars doing a simultaneous burnout was also achieved for The Guinness Book of World Records at the Memphis International Raceway.

 

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I had a few technical difficulties with the communication between my phone, camera, and laptop and didn't get a chance to post each day.

The General experience of Power Tour was a great one. Yes it was hot, and when it rained, it rained allot but it was all worth it. Seeing the wide open fields and crop dusting plains and eventually the hills and valleys cutting through the landscape down to the gulf was all a great experience but the best part of the trip was the people that I met along the way.

I developed a few new customers and friendships and had the opportunity to meet some people in person that I had only previously known from phone or email conversations. It was hard being away from my family for over a week, but I am already planning my trip for next year! I hope to meet some of you along the way.
 

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a Ridetech equipped C-10 that I saw at nearly every stop





Cool Van I saw filling up along the way, turns out it was built by one of our dealers and is running ridetech shocks
 
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