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Friday, May 21, 2021

Temperature Low, 62 Degrees; High, 84 Degrees

Solo Trip to Old Spokes

Well, this was a first for both of us. We both woke up at 5:30 am and neither of us could get back to sleep. Not that we didn’t try but it was no use. So, we turned the coffee pot on and grabbed a double chocolate chip muffin and sat back in our chairs and just chilled. Coffee and muffin finished, and at least one of us was finally able to fall asleep,. No, unfortunately it wasn’t me!

Speaking of first’s, I was going solo sightseeing today.

Ms. Barbara discovered that Old Spokes Auto Museum was only four minutes away. Did I want to go? You bet! She, though, had no interest in going. As she said All auto museums are the same to me. I guess I’ve taken her to one to many in the past.

Strictly speaking, this is not a museum but rather as its website states: it is the world’s largest Hudson automobile collection. The collection is owned by a Doctor in Manhattan and managed by a local resident. Tours of the collection are by appointment only. My appointment was for 11:30 am today.

The collection is housed in two buildings. The first building is where your tour begins.

This is the Maxwell Building which was at one time a Maxwell Dealership. This building houses the main Hudson collection. Let me show you a bit of what is inside.

I got a real laugh when I saw this picture. I guess RV’s are not the only thing that breaks down!

There was a nice collection of miniature cars.

Two Hudson Woodie Wagons from the 1940’s.

This is a 1918 Essex Limo with a novel twist – it has a

bathroom of sorts. That funnel in the floor pulls out and then you, well, you get the idea! I sure would not want to be behind this car when it is in use.

A 1920’s Hudson Dr’s Coup. The right front seat is a jump seat that folds forward so that a patient could be put in the back.

This is a 1923 Essex Barrel Truck that was commonly used in the wine country of California.

Because it was often far from any filling station it carried an extra can of gas and oil on the running board.

This is a Hudson Teraplane but with an unusual twist.

When it was discovered it was so far gone that the cost of restoration would have been prohibitive. So, they made a resto rod out of it. It has a small block Chevy, a Mustang Two front end, a Ford nine inch rear, and a two inch chopped top. The gentleman who showed it to me testified to the fact that it really, really gets up and goes!

This is a 1938 Hudson straight eight police interceptor.

So, those are some of the cars in the collection in building one. The amazing thing is, every car in the collection runs and is driven on a periodic basis. My guide who has the privilege of driving these cars says his hardest decision is which one to drive when. I can identify with that because I would have a hard time deciding also.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement. Once again even in the middle of nowhere I found something to visit close by. I will say that my first solo trip felt a bit odd. We’re used to going together hand in hand from place to place. I believe from now on we will continue as in the past – unless of course I find another auto museum!

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!


  1. Well, I do have to say, I would have stayed home with Miss Barbara. However, what you posted about the museum was more interesting than I thought it would be. These cars traveled well before all of today’s modern convenient travel stops. A bathroom in a car? Oh my! Glad you enjoyed the tour, but it’s all the sweeter that you want your sweetie by you. Hand in hand. 🙂


  2. It would be hard trying to decide which one to drive. I do love that little truck. It does look like a good way to spend the day even if you are on your own.


    1. Now If I had the winning lottery ticket, I could see a car trailer in my future and a Hudson in it for a toad. But which one? Well, since I don’t even play the lottery I guess I will never have to decide! Have a great day.


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