Monday, September 8, 2014

Towing Tale from our past

1978 Grand Prix, 1970 Blazer, 1978 Corvette
Our Fleet in 1985 consisted of the three cars above. Bob drove the blazer to work each day, 95 miles round trip...

We had CB in the cars

and  CB in the house....  the CB was the instrument that introduced us and led to marriage.

He drove this bridge, that is about 5 miles long, every day and from the highest point he could Key the CB radio and shout, Cherokee Rose, I am on top of the sky-way... I would key in the house and say Got you...


this meant he was about 15 or 20 minutes out. I could only hear him from their because of the height of the bridge.

One day, he called a second time...

"Cherokee Rose, you copy me? " "Yes, what's wrong....

 he said "I am at 5th ave North at 22nd street. the timing belt came off the Blazer. Bring the car, you will have to tow me home."

 10 minutes later I pulled up behind him, he chained the Blazer to the Grand Prix

AND SAID

"YOU have to tow and I have to drive the blazer... I said "NO, I will NOT tow that truck. I can't tow the truck..."

 He yells "YOU HAVE TO Tow".. the person towing can't use the brakes, the person being towed has to use the Blazer brakes to stop both cars." You are not strong enough to do that."

I YELLED, "WHAT?  are you crazy? " NO NO NO... he said "GET IN THE Car" you can do it. I cried the whole terrifying 10 minutes that I towed the car home... without touching the brakes... I am hyperventilating as I type this story.

TAKE A MINUTE TO READ THIS BLOG Did you bring your cameras. AMAZING STORY

29 comments:

diane b said...

That is an impressive fleet and feat. great story from the past keep them coming.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Sandra, I would have felt the same way and have at times when I was afraid of being able to do something. Glad it worked out OK. Maybe a tow truck next time?

DeniseinVA said...

I am hyperventilating just reading this story ;) Well told Sandra.

Madi and Mom said...

good grief I am a bundle of nerves too....you were the little engine saying I think I can I think I can!!
Great story and photos
Hugs Cecilia

From the Kitchen said...

Between your towing tale and one look at that bridge, I'm hyperventilating now too!!

Best,
Bonnie

Molly The Wally said...

Hyperventilating ...... not surprised. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Optimistic Existentialist said...

WOW I can definitely understand the hyperventilating in this case!!

Cranberry Morning said...

Scares me just reading it, Cherokee Rose! Love the 'handle.'

TexWisGirl said...

you two were meant for one another. :)

Rose said...

I am about to hyperventilate just reading this!!! Glad you lived to tell the tale.

Ginny said...

That is horrifying! What if the brakes are brakes are gone in the car being towed???? I would have reacted the exact same way!! That Grand Prix and Corvette would be worth some money NOW! But we never know that when we need to sell or trade. Cherokee Rose...SO romantic!!!!

SweetMarie said...

you two remind me of my mom and dad! lol I would have been freaking out!! Love the Corvette. :) Those are great for cruising around the beach. :)

Susannah said...

Had to tow a car or truck a few times years ago. No question - JUST DO IT! I did not like it whether it was for my dad or hubby!! But I guess they trusted me and we always got home safe!

EG CameraGirl said...

OH MT GOODNESS! I bet you felt proud of yourself once you'd done it but my hands are sweating because I'm feeling scared.:)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love the cars. I would have freaked out and cried too! Thank you for that link. I love turtle and that was so amazing.

A Quiet Corner said...

Holy moosepoops! I would have cried too...over and out!...:)JP

Ann Thompson said...

That would have scared the heck out of me too. I'm pretty sure I would have been crying the whole drive :)

Ruth Hiebert said...

You need to write a book about all your adventures.LOL

Inger said...

Cherokee Rose, I love it! Those turtles will hurt you once they grow up, I think so reading Tex's blog about how they hurt the ducks' feet.

SquirrelQueen said...

That sounds like quite and adventure. I have been in the vehicle being towed but only once. Hubby never told me I had to stop him too and he used his brakes. But then he was driving a pickup and I was in the Camaro.

Willow said...

I'd be hyperventilating too !
Hey is that that Pensacola Bridge ?

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I would find that story scary too.....I cannot tow! Glad you made it and now it is just a memory

Cranberry Morning said...

How did I not notice that header? Did you put it up today? or was I just distracted by the towing story yesterday. Anyway, the sentiment expressed is so true. We let fear rule us needlessly.

photowannabe said...

I'm hyperventilating too.
Scary but you did it.
Being pushed completely beyond my comfort zone is the only way some things get done.
You've led an interesting life Sandra.

Maggie's Kitty Corner said...

Oh, nice new header!

I am proud of you for doing that, I would have out of habit hit the brake I am sure. That would have been scary.

Thank you so much for thinking of us during this sad time of having to say goodbye to our sweet Patches.

Hugs and nose kisses

LC said...

I, too, have towing horror stories thanks to my own Dear Hubby. And I share the leftover panic you experienced through recounting the terrible tow trip.

Michaele said...

Oh my! Now you must really tell is about the Vet!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness that would scare me to death too! You and Bob are great together.

Dee said...

Went back and read your anniversary post LOL...you guys are characters...have not met you but love ya...