June 12, 2006

The PPG/STREET RODDER Road Tour has been rolling for two days and we are having a blast! Over 45 vehicles rolled out of Vintage Air in San Antonio early Sunday morning. Our morning took us through San Antonio and west on Route 90. After a gas stop along the way, we arrived in Del Rio, on the U.S.-Mexico border. Your reporter took a wrong turn and I found myself in a line that was headed toward the Del Rio International Bridge over the Rio Grande River. I quickly realized that I was about to take the Road Tour to another level and decided this was not the year for that move. I got out of line and turned around. I still beat the crowd to the Sirloin Stockade and narrowly avoided an international incident.

After a very healthy lunch, we all continued our trek up the border on Route 90. The educational stop for the day was the site of the court of Judge Roy Bean, the only law west of the Pecos for many years in the 1800s. It was a nice display of an interesting combination of pool hall, tavern, and courthouse. After about 30 minutes of touristing (I think I just made up a word), we headed toward our destination of Fort Davis, Texas. The evening was also very educational as we spent about two hours at the McDonald Observatory looking at the planets and a very full moon.

Monday morning some folks checked out the restored fort in town and others spent time doing some repairs to their vehicles. After a beautiful 35-mile drive on Route 118, we reached the first interstate highway of our trip. I-10 was our route to our lunch stop at MSD in El Paso. The folks at MSD really rolled out the welcome mat with some great barbecue and very interesting tours of their facilities. Thanks to everyone at MSD for a great lunch break.

Our destination for the evening was Willcox, Arizona, and we all arrived by 6 p.m. It has been a great two days on the tour, and we still have many miles to go before we arrive in Los Angeles. Next up are Tucson, Phoenix, and lots of fun stops. Check back--I'll keep you posted on our progress. Jerry