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Cross Country Bugeye Completes 4200 Mile Journey

Rick and Abby are now safely parked in their Seattle home garage. They rolled into their driveway about 13 days and 4200 miles after departing Connecticut.

Here are Rick’s videos from his last day of this great adventure. Congratulations Rick and thank you for inspiring us all to get out and use our little british cars. Thank you for sharing your journey with us all!

Cross Country Bugeye Reaches Oregon, 3500 Mile Mark

Rick and Abby continue to enjoy their journey. They started today in Sacramento and made tracks North through California to finish tonight in Grant’s Pass Oregon, a distance of about 340 miles. They should reach home in Seattle on Wednesday or Thursday.

Here are some great videos from his day on the road:

Cross-Country Bugeye reaches Sacramento, California!

Rick and Abby arrived in Sacramento today. They’ve covered about 3300 miles to get there, and at 50 mph average that’s about 66 hours in a Bugeye Cockpit. Just two more days to go before arriving home in Seattle.

Way to go Rick, and thanks for inspiring us all to get out and enjoy our little British cars!

Cross Country Bugeye Sprite Road Trip-Morning Maintenance

Rick departed Kingman, AZ today, bound for Bakersfield, California. He managed to avoid the snow storm that is now forecast for Flagstaff to Amarillo, so it looks like he won’t be testing the snow traction on this trip (that would not have been pretty).

The forecast is good now for the next few days as he starts heading North to Seattle. At Bakersfield, he will cross the 3000 mile mark, with about 1000 miles to go. This is a great accomplishment for any 50+ year old car, and Rick and Abby have had a mostly trouble-free journey.

Below is a video of Rick’s morning maintenance ritual:

The tachometer and speedo have been his biggest challenges, and they have been minor at that. If you are unfamiliar, both are cable driven, with a system not unlike the what I had on my stingray bicycle back in the 70s. We changed what seems like at least 100 parts before Rick departed on this trip, but we didn’t put in new cables because they were fine at the time. When his speedo cable started causing the instrument to jump wildly, Rick removed the cable to spare the instrument. Bugeye tachs drive through a reduction gear, and Rick’s got noisy back in Oklahoma, but he packed it with grease and now it seems to be working fine.

His other trouble was with one stripped lug nut he discovered while re-torquing his wheels. A tire shop in Kingman helped him improvise with a replacement. All in all, the trip has been largely trouble free. It took us about 3 weeks to prepare the car for this trip and we are excited that the voyage has been so successful!

Cross Country Bugeye Adventure-Abby Crossing Arizona

Rick and Abby have now logged more than 2800 miles on their Bugeye road trip and they are running strong in a variety of conditions including altitudes up to 7000 feet. They stopped Saturday night in Kingman AZ. Ride through the high desert with them in the videos below:

Cross Country Bugeye Crosses Texas, Approaches 2000 Mile Mark

Rick is rolling across America in his little Bugeye!

Here’s Abby at the national Route 66 museum in Oklahoma, followed by a pile of good Texas chow for lunch. He finished last night in Tucumcari, New Mexico, about 2000 miles into his adventure.

Rick reports that by far the most popular question he gets is, “How do you fit?”

He has the perfect response given his current location:

“It’s like a good pair of cowboy boots, a bit hard to pull ’em on, but once you’re in, they feel pretty good!”