The call… “We are ready to let them go. Come get them, we want you to have the boats” I hesitate to even write this knowing the crap that may ensue. But here goes anyway. On Saturday at 5 AM, we loaded up the trucks, jacks, spare tires, straps..lots of straps.. grease gun, wd 40… box of fig newtons…no water.. All that make us do is stop to pee. It would be a one day hale mary run to pick up the barn finds of the year…decade… We were on our way to Massachusetts from Virginia to pick up Thayer IV and The US Mail Boat Mariah.
Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg to be precise. Yup, the wacked out story of the #1 Picture boat from the Film On Golden Pond was in a Barn on Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg. Yes, that’s not a typo, nor did my keys get stuck. The family was all there , Boats out of there resting places. The Thayer IV on a new trailer… ” It was new 9 years ago” Thats what the owner said.. I suppose after a 30 year time frame it was new.
The Mariah.. Not so lucky.. That needed the flat bed. 1/2 hr later we were on the road for the 8 trip back home. This time we will go around NYC.. We did make it home. Alive. Nancy and Paul, the owners emailed, texxed, and phone every hr or so make sure we were fine. Jimmy Scott went above and beyond in what was a last minute” want to go on an adventure” call.
So. whats next.. Lake Dora of course. Yes, we are bring Thayer IV U22-1460 to Lake Dora and she will be the boat at the Chris -Craft Antique Boat Club and Woody Boater tent. Still in untouched barn dirt mold condition.
Yesterday was spent looking for new tires and welding up some of the areas on the new 9 year old trailer. So, my back is already killing me, I got the fig newton girgle going on and i could not be happier looking forward to another 15 hr drive. . Just three more days.. Woohooo.