Fast cars and red rockets

8/16 – Buffalo
We have 200 miles to drive today, but pulling out of Andrews we see some drag racing. We try to get Christine signed up, but this is the annual fireman’s challenge; firemen from all over New York compete in races only firemen would do. It’s a teenage girls dream. This turns out to be the worst driving day yet. Every 30 miles we lose power and have no idea why. It may be the end. Although out of nowhere a rocket ship drives by us and gives us hope. It is an old amusement ride converted into a limo! Everyone all day has warned us about East Cleveland and we drive through at 12:30. At a stoplight, a man approaches, “Where’s your protection?” he asks, “From weather??” I say. “No, from people.” Drive drive drive!

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