Tuesday, April 10, 2018

California Again: Trip Three

Image result for 1937 chevrolet In 1944 we moved to Colorado Springs but Mother's family was still in California so another trip was planned, this one a bit different from the two previous trips.

The war was still on and rationing was still in effect. Gasoline was severely limited.  But Dad had a "C" coupon due to his occupation.  He had a friend in the same line of work who had the same rationing status and he had a 1937 Chevrolet.  He and his wife wanted to make a trip to California but there was the gasoline issue.  The parents decided that Mom and the kids could make the trip with Mr. and Mrs. Meyers and by sharing gasoline rationing stamps they calculated the trip was possible.

So three adults, two children along with luggage took off in the old Chevy, California bound!  And just how was this trip memorable?  In order to conserve fuel, Mr. Meyers calculated that a speed limit of 35 miles per hour would best serve that end.  Therefore from Colorado Springs to Southern California and back, the car never exceeded a speed of 35.

It was a long trip.


Vee said...

Ver-er-er-y long!

Secondary Roads said...

Meanwhile, the kids were singing, "This is the song that never ends."

vanilla said...

Vee, details of the trip elude me. Perhaps my defense mechanism involved a lot of sleep.

Chuck, it certainly seemed that it was the trip that might never end.

Lin said...

Hahaha! I like Chuck's comment.

Sounds like the Trip from Hell. Were they at least nice people to travel with?