I had three weeks off after the Nationals East before it was time to head west toward Pueblo, Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain Nationals. The trip to Pueblo is about 1,500 miles from my home in Youngstown, Ohio.

I spent the first night on the road in St. Charles, Missouri, after spending Monday driving in on-and-off rain showers. Tuesday was beautiful and the roadster was running fine. I drove about 25 miles south of Kansas City to visit the Pete & Jake's facility in Peculiar, Missouri. This year's roadster is equipped with the new "Super Bell" forged Aluma Beam dropped axle from Pete & Jake's. I wanted to show Jerry and Jason Slover and crew how well the front end was working.

I stayed in Colby, Kansas, Tuesday evening. After a brief stop in Colorado Springs I pulled into the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo on Wednesday afternoon. The roadster had not missed a beat on the 1,500-mile trip to Pueblo.

The weekend at the Rocky Mountain Nationals went quickly and I was heading back east on Sunday afternoon. Sunday evening was spent in WaKeeney, Kansas. A very long day on Monday found me and the roadster in Indianapolis, just one mile from the speedway.

Tuesday morning I headed north toward Elkhart, Indiana, for a visit to Wise Guys Seats and Upholstery. I got a tour of the Wise Guys R&D shop and visited with owner Jim Wise.

I spent Tuesday evening in Toledo and even stopped at Tony Packo's restaurant for one of their famous hot dogs.

I made a few more stops on my way home Wednesday. My first stop was in Milan, Ohio, at the birthplace of Thomas Edison. Milan is also the resting place of my great-grandfather W.C.Dixey. I then stopped to visit the PPG folks in Strongsville, Ohio. Their bright yellow paint has turned many heads over the last three months and is holding up very well after 14,500 very tough miles. Then it was time stop in nearby Berea, Ohio, to visit our friends at Flaming River. They were excited to get a close-up look at the installation of their steering column, Vega box, and steering system on the roadster.

I rolled into my own driveway in Youngstown on Wednesday afternoon. It had been a 3,200-mile trip and the roadster was running fine. Get complete coverage of my Rocky Mountain trip in an upcoming issue of Street Rodder. Stay tuned: the second half of this year's Road Tour season should be even more exciting than the first half.

I hope to see you on the Road Tour...