Sorry Ric, but I gotta post.
I totally agree about this year. In 07 we didn't know what to expect, and still had a blast. It seems that 08 was more of a destination, don't know why. . . but I can't explain it.
This year was fun on and off the road. Lisa had an absolute ball and claims she'll never miss another one. Yes, there were some hickups and issues, I got lost at least once a day, sometimes several times. . . just part of it though.
We also learned that a 1979 Kenworth could out run a TA, even going up a mountain. And that a 38 year old trailer could run 80+ miles an hour for 2,133 miles in one week. (By the way, the trailer is fine, it's been checked, washed and ready to go again). It's tuff, it has to be . . .especially in this crowd.
Lisa said it best, This is great bunch of people. She couldn't believe all the states represented in the convoy. I think a good example is Ric putting a video together for everybody free of charge. Wow. that says alot about the character of the group, and him. Everybody just wants to help each other. The Reed family was overwelmed by everyone's love of Jerry. Lottie and Lori will probably be with us next year.
I'll shut up so Ric can get some work done. It was an honor to ride with all of you and to call you friends. Hopefully the movie tour won't get rained out next year.
Maybe us old birds got it going in 07, but you young chicks gotta help improve it every year. Keep the spark alive! Now that it's an established tradition, even in a bad economy. Bandit Run 2010, here we come!!!!