Sunday, June 18, 2006

DAY 1 OF THE CONVOY SAN FRANCISCO TO RENO NV

On the road at 6:15 am in order to make it to Lincoln Park, (this was the ending spot of the 1919 convoy when they crossed the San Francisco Bay on two ferry boats.) Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta was the keynote speaker. He talked about the importance of the Highway systems over the last 50 years and illustrated the importance of the next 50 years. Andrew Firestone also was a speaker and discussed the relationship that his great-grandfather had with my great-grandfather Dwight David Eisenhower. Then it was time to depart from Lincoln Park to move onto Reno at 9:30. One of my favored things was the view of the city from Lincoln Park. I have never seen anything like it in my life. It was nice!

On the way to Reno is when all of the excitement really happened in the 1919 convoy. They had many problems moving to Carson City in Nevada. This is from the Daily Log of the First Transcontinental Motor Convoy that was filed by the United States Government after the original San Francisco trip:
"Aug.30: Departed Fallon, 6:30 a.m. Followed direct road to Carson City, via the Lahontan Dam. Heavy trucks had some difficulty in getting through soft sand holes about 2 miles west of camp. Five or more trucks were chained together and men not driving helped by pushing." On that day they only made 66 miles in 20 hrs.
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It was not as hard on the trucks and the drivers this time. We made it through Reno with a huge state trooper and police escort to the National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno. Along the way we did run into a few problems when Dan McNichol's 1951 Hudson car had mechanical difficulties and had to be towed to Reno.

The Automobile Museum was huge with over 200 different cars. It was a really exciting place with my favorite car on display: a red 1965 mustang and it was amazing. After a speaking program where Nevada Senator William Raggio spoke we had lunch.

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