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Old 29-10-2008, 19:05   #1
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California Cruising?

I was in CA a couple of weeks ago and snapped this out the front window; 70 miles an hour on I-5 heading south. This transport rig had a Canadian plate and was a loooong way from home. You gotta give the driver points for shear fortitude
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Old 29-10-2008, 19:10   #2
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I betcha he has a pocketful of loonies and a mindset to match.



Just look at those suspension springs!
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Old 29-10-2008, 23:41   #3
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What lengths will people go to in order to prove their cat is faster than a mono...

Looks kinda like Fred Flinstone's car...
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Old 29-10-2008, 23:47   #4
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I can't believe we won't find the boat laying on its side attached to a car!
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Travels with Miss Cindy. Adventures with a 16' Microcat cruiser.

The owner's blog. We do that sort of thing all the time in Canada. I towed a 2000 lb 4' x 4' x 8' box trailer across Canada. With a Mazda 626. With a 4 cylinder 120 HP engine. Managed just fine.
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And a station wagon no less. Don't see those often these days. It is an interesting looking cat.
I would say that was taken right around Cottonwood between Redding, and Red Bluff?
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Travels with Miss Cindy. Adventures with a 16' Microcat cruiser.

The owner's blog. We do that sort of thing all the time in Canada. I towed a 2000 lb 4' x 4' x 8' box trailer across Canada. With a Mazda 626. With a 4 cylinder 120 HP engine. Managed just fine.
Well that sure blew up my afternoon. What an amazing blog. I love the part about when he gets into california and the CHP can't find anything to violate him on. Even better is Mexico where they don't need anything to violate him on. They just takes their bribes - LOL...
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Great writing with a twisted sense of humor. I'll be looking forward to reading much more.....lolololololol
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Wow, read his blog. Thanks for the link. What an interesting trip he's having.

Interesting also how the Mexican police fish for "donations"...
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Sometimes it is a WEE BIT more than fishing. Sometimes it is like extortion. I once was fined in Mexico about checking out, and back in. The Captain emptied my pockets, and then sent me to the next office. He was going to put his hand in my pocket, and then I showed him they were empty.....LOLOLOLOLOL

He asked how much I paid. He stamped my papers, and beat me out the door straight for the Captain's office. I think he was going for his share.....LOLOLOLOL
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Asia is very much like that as many already know. We used to be particularly careful around mid-day as they collected "lunch money" and end of the month when they collected "bonuses."

A friend of mine paid an excesive "fine" on a major highway. He was definitely speeding along. He told the policeman that he was happy to pay the "excessive" fine but that he wanted him to radio ahead so he didn't get stopped again.

Allegedly he passed 2 more radar sites without getting stopped.

Some toll roads are just more expensive than others.
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Great Blog! Great Storytelling! and I said before, brilliantly done by an original Canadian Looney. Made my day!
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Gumpsion!! Hah I like it.
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Classic!! Just good old fashioned fun!!
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If a person takes the time to read Tony Bigras' blog, it will quickly become clear through his entertaining writing-style that he had a detailed plan, summarized as:

- Design and build an easily transportable cat where he lived in western Canada, buy an old clunker capable of getting him and his creation, Miss Cindy, from Canada, through the states of Washington, Oregon and California, into Mexico and to the Sea of Cortez.

- Launch his cat, move aboard, get rid of the transport vehicle (sold it to a fellow Canadian retiree for $1) and set out down the Baja side of the Sea of Cortez, then cross to the mainland.

- Sail down the Pacific coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua bound for San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

- Transport Miss Cindy up to Lake Nicaragua, sail the lake a bit, then down the Rio San Juan into the Caribbean.

- Sail offshore to the Cayman Islands, sail the islands then head north to Cuba, sail the Cuban coast to the western end of Cuba, then sail across the Gulf Stream to Key West, Florida.

A very ambitious plan in a very small boat . . . but . . . he did it! He worked his plan, accomplished his goals, completed his voyage. If anyone would like to know what it was like to go to sea in such a small craft, read Tony Bigras' blog.

But if you would rather experience such a voyage for yourself, and do so without having to build the vessel from plans - you can do it. Miss Cindy is for sale.

You can reach Tony at bigrast at hotmail dot com. Live your dream!

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