As regular readers here would guess, I follow several different online sites that feature pictures of old pickups. It's great to see what others do with their projects and I've picked up some great ideas for my own, but the main reason I enjoy looking at all the photos is because I know there's a story behind every single truck. I love to hear these stories. I love to see the patina of a decades old pickup and imagine the original owner driving the shiny new beauty off the showroom floor, where it went, all the different things it's hauled over the years, etc...
Last spring, 34 years after my brother drove it home from Missouri to Connecticut and into our family, I finally lived the dream of driving my truck for the first time. My story is a tribute to Mom, who died tragically while my brother was making his way home with the truck in 1981. It's impossible to look at or think about this old Chevy without also thinking of her.
My mother always loved the idea of an epic road trip, which is something I've also been dreaming about since my teen years. I can recall a specific conversation where she talked about her desire to drive the entire Alaska Highway, and I said how I would totally want to ride along. My dream is a coast to coast run, including Route 66 end to end and rolling into Ohio for our annual family reunion on the way back, where I saw this truck for the first time.
We're obviously a long way from being ready for such a tremendous jaunt, and getting there will not be cheap. As I'm sure all the working people with similar dreams understand, the day job alone won't get it done. So I decided to put my story out there for three bucks a pop, hoping to bring in enough extra cha-ching to make the road trip dream happen. It's definitely a long shot, but the ideal scenario would have it happening in the summer of 2018, with the truck cruising into our 50th family reunion that August.
It's my kind of e-book: A short story with lots of photos. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. I would be honored and very appreciative if you would like to help this overgrown boy live his dream. And of course please feel free to share with friends... ;-)
Thank you! See y'all down the road!