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#1 motobreeder OFFLINE  

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Posted October 14, 2012 - 06:27 PM

Was the road trip successful or not? 1,100 kilometers, 3 tanks of gas, 4 meals on the road and GT parts purchases - the value of GTs in the trailer wouldn't cover the money spent (read on).


First stop was Doug's place (DH1). Ian and I finished loading a couple GTs with no motors and one with a frozen rear that had to be dragged. That's when Doug showed up - I think he was waiting around the corner. :smilewink:

Ian is the most inquisitive lad. He couldn't wait to ask was what under the tarps. Doug was more than willing to show us everything. He wasn't the least bit tentative about letting Ian run around on his MF he converted to battery power.

Video of Ian on Doug's electric MF. Wasn't sure he was going to come back.
http://youtu.be/wmjhYV7G_VE

Smiles all around.
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For the next hour, the conversation was about how we were going to convert one of our GTs to electric. We spent some quality time at my brother's place.



On Saturday, we drove to Will's (iamsherwood) place. Will spent a generous amount of time showing us his Massey hall, collection and hide-away. Getting a close-up look at the ELF was a real highlight.
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But the best moment had to be watching Ian feeding the trout. Will gave Ian a paper cup with some fish food. He tossed a few pieces in the water - nothing. Will called down to him to take a hand-full and throw them into the middle of the pond. As soon as the food hit the water the feeding frenzy turned the dead-calm water into what looked like a full rolling boil. Ian's startled reaction had Will and I in a full belly laugh.

After loading up the Moto-boy at Will's place we continued our road-trip home through Algonquin park. The trees in full vibrant fall colours.

During the ride home, we stopped and looked at a Moto-mower 708 (1970s, made by Roper) that wasn't for sale, and a 1952 Bolens Ridemaster the seller bought new in 1953.


Back to the question - was the road trip successful?

Two days of 1 on 1 time with my son, meeting two awesome GTTALK forum members and memories that make you smile - the GT stuff in the trailer was added value.

Answer: absolutely.


Thanks Doug and thanks Will for being part of memorable weekend.
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Posted October 14, 2012 - 06:55 PM

Great post those memories will last a lifetime. I wish i could get to meeting some of thease guys.
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Posted October 14, 2012 - 06:57 PM

Sounds like a memorable time that will be cherished forever! Thanks for sharing.
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Posted October 14, 2012 - 06:58 PM

Thanks Dwayne.
It was a pleasure to finally meet you in person, and to meet your son Ian.
He had a heck of a good time. I know that, because, at one point, while you
and I where yacking,in the background, I heard him say, "Dad, this is the best road trip ever".

Glad to hear you made it home safely.
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Posted October 14, 2012 - 07:14 PM

:ditto: It was good to meet you and your son, hopefully the 2 tractors you picked up live up to there expectations.
Anytime Ian wants to drive ET2 just bring him on over.
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Posted October 14, 2012 - 07:23 PM

Sounds like a great time!
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Posted October 14, 2012 - 07:29 PM

Thanks Dwayne.
It was a pleasure to finally meet you in person, and to meet your son Ian.
He had a heck of a good time. I know that, because, at one point, while you
and I where yacking,in the background, I heard him say, "Dad, this is the best road trip ever".

Glad to hear you made it home safely.


Ian will ALWAYS remember this day! You did good Dad!
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Posted October 15, 2012 - 10:21 AM

Great post! Great story! Great memories! Thanks for posting!
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Posted October 15, 2012 - 10:42 AM

Sounds like a great road trip, especially for the boy :thumbs:

As the guys over on the Bolens forum know, I will go on road trip at the drop of a hat :D :D :D

Fortunately, I have a wife that LOVES road tripping, and she doesn't include the road trip costs as a part of the tractor/ attachment cost. Our longest one so far was from here to just outside of Baltimore MD. That was @800 miles, round trip.

Sometimes we take the F150, and other times the motorhome, which she like better than the pickup for some reason :smilewink: :smilewink:
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Posted October 15, 2012 - 11:33 AM

Very glad to hear you got to meet a couple of great members. That tour is on my bucket list.

Did you buy aly ELF ears at the Massey Hall Gift & Novelty Shop? Does he have his "I sat on the ELF" t-shirts in yet?
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Posted October 15, 2012 - 12:42 PM

Does he have his "I sat on the ELF" t-shirts in yet?
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Not quite sure the non GTT public would understand that.
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Posted October 15, 2012 - 04:20 PM

Sounds like you and your son had a great time. Thanks for sharing that great road trip with us.
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Posted October 15, 2012 - 04:57 PM

Sounds like you guys had a great time!
Get any pics of that Ridemaster?
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Posted October 15, 2012 - 06:55 PM

That was a great story! I'm glad that your son had a good time on the trip. My daughters have both done much shorter road trips with me and seemed to enjoy them. One of these days I hope to take a trip up to meet Will and see the incredible Massey Hall in person! Thanks for sharing the story!
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Posted October 16, 2012 - 09:43 AM

Get any pics of that Ridemaster?

Figured the bolens crowd wouldn't let that go....

Took me a while, but I found the property on maps.google.ca:
https://maps.google....4,,0,14.89&z=19

I took a couple pictures in case I wanted to go back. The address is hard to read. No phone number.

The fellow selling it recalls buying it with his dad - new/old stock from the dealer - one owner.
He called a place in the US - they confirmed it was a 1952 based on the type of ignition.
He's confident it will start on the first pull.

He was told by a dealer that it's worth about $5,000. He was willing to take $3,000.
Since that was way out of my league, and raining, I didn't feel like pulling off the tarps.

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I'm not ridemaster knowledgeable, but the mower (sickle bar) appeard to be all there.
One of the original wheels had a flat - it's not missing.
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I'm able to read:

Inquire / John <?>

4540 Hwy 60

Dwight (postal code)






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