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MH2

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 4, 2010 - 03:54am PT
The highway here was flat and straight, shining dull white in the moonlight: it was an old concrete slab of the type Williams’s uncle Sam had made a fortune building after the war. The road followed the river, always angling south and west, but Williams couldn’t see the river, not even on the turns, because since they had left Paducah the road never got high enough. About fifty miles west of Paducah, he saw a mountain to the north, on the Illinois side. This was a surprise, since he knew there were no mountains in Illinois. As a kid Williams had dreamed over the “Mountains” section in the World Book, fascinated, as only a child from the bottomlands can be, by the pictures of Colorado and Tibet, Switzerland and North Carolina. Even Pennsylvania, with its long folded ridges, had made him envy kids who grew up where they could look up and see something besides sky. Williams knew that there were no mountains or even big hills in western Kentucky or southern Illinois. But there it was – long and black with timber, looming against the midnight sky.


(This is a re-post to get around the Photobucket problem. The only post I can edit is the original, so I have moved the main storyline and photos to it.)



Jaybro:

Night driving Doroworth?



Would you rather be right, or would you rather be happy?

(the link to a Dorworth essay in Idaho Mountain Express no longer works)





Powered by four massive eighteen-cylinder Wright Cyclone engines, the Lockheed 749 was one of the most successful of the piston-engine long-range airliners. With its gracefully drooping fuselage, it suggested today’s supersonic Concorde and is still considered one of the most beautiful piston-engine airliners ever built. The 749A Constellation, of which 233 were built, had a cruising speed of 327 knots at 21,000 feet and was sold to TWA, Air France, KLM, and other major intercontinental airlines. One was lost over Brooklyn, New York, in a spectacular collision; another was lost over the savannah of western Africa, where the foxes today nest in its long bones; and another on a flight over the North Pole.



Reilly:

^^^On my first flight in one the five-year-old me is reputed to have loudly exclaimed in mid-flight,

"WHEN ARE WE GOING TO CRASH?



gf:

MH2
A nice challenge for a turkey digesting day -say caught the shining sea yesterday at 16:30 in perfect light -wimped out at the wet streak on the dyke slab moves though



Reilly quote

^^^On my first flight in one the five-year-old me is reputed to have loudly exclaimed in mid-flight,

"WHEN ARE WE GOING TO CRASH?
....................................................






gf quote

caught the shining sea yesterday at 16:30 in perfect light
........................................................................................



That was a day of generous warmth for October.






I got a call from Robert H.

"Do you want to climb, today?," he asks.


"What do you have in mind?"


"Oh, maybe Grand Wall and Chimneys, or Freeway, or...."


"You need a stronger partner. If I get a few things done I'll give you a call back at noon."



Looking down, Williams decided his cousin would never know the difference if he got off at the Morgantown exit, looped back two miles and finished the trip to Bowling Green on 431, so he could drive past the old place. Looking back later, he could see that this was where he began his trip to the North Pole.









Picking up the story where we left it:





Then Williams saw the most beautiful car he had ever seen.


It was a red and white '62 Chrysler New Yorker two-door hard-top with a red and white leatherette interior. The tires were up but old and dry-rotted. It looked like the car hadn't been run for a long time. The seats and the dash were covered with fine dust, but even through the dust the dashboard was gorgeous: clear plastic dials standing upright on a black field, covered with a clear dome like a city in science fiction.









‘Poland might be, in fact, considered as a country in the moon.’

Edmund Burke, 1772


Quoted in A Country in the Moon by Michael Moran

“I overcooked my approach speed and the car violently bottomed.”

“The underside was intact but I had struck a rock and broken the left bank of the exhaust manifold at the elbow. Experience has taught me that although they are strong nothing is simple to repair on a Rolls-Royce.”

“Jan the mechanic stood in the doorway of the farmhouse. He was a gangly, hyperventilating man with a cracked spectacle lens and a comforting smile who told me he ‘spoke American’.”

‘No big video! I fix mayor of Chicago Royce-a-Rolls when mafia blow him up with a bomb. No big deal this repair.’

“Each bolt was first hit a terrific blow with an iron bar and a sledgehammer to loosen it. I became nervous indeed of the beautiful machine and moved from foot to foot with a furrowed brow.”

“Go eat apricots from tree, Mike. You are make me nervous! Stop looking and worrying. We done this to Russian diggers and tanks. No big video!”

“The exhaust manifold was soon off and they hot-welded the cast metal after truing up the faces by eye on a grinding wheel. An art in itself. Russian tank gaskets were trimmed and glued to the faces. The repair came together perfectly and by late afternoon the work was finished.”




Meanwhile, back in the un-identified story, the Chrysler has suffered a broken oil pump close to the North Pole.

TM said there was a small camshaft-driven gear, Crystal said, under the distributor drive of the late-model Cyclone 3350, that would fit the oil pump drive gear in the Chrysler 413.



added 25 Oct 2010





Just then Williams heard a car start. It was an unusual sound in a junkyard late at night. It was unmistakably the Mustang. The deep-throated 351 Cleveland with the Memphis cam barked and then growled behind the mound.

Then, as the man and woman disappeared around one side of the mound, the Mustang came around the other.

The Mustang kissed off the side of a Pontiac station wagon, spun halfway around, and settled into the mud.

Talking Man dropped it into reverse and the wheels began to dig holes and climb out of them at the same time.

There was a boom and the left taillight disappeared.

The man and the woman ran around the side of the mound, high on the slope. There was a shot from inside the car and the man put his hand to his cheek then turned around, as if he'd thought of something awful. He dropped the shotgun and the woman grabbed it before it tipped over into the mud.

There was a boom and the other taillight went out.






Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 4, 2010 - 05:07am PT
Night driving Doroworth?
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 5, 2010 - 12:59am PT



Would you rather be right, or would you rather be happy?


http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2005130261



MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 11, 2010 - 09:03am PT
Powered by four massive eighteen-cylinder Wright Cyclone engines, the Lockheed 749 was one of the most successful of the piston-engine long-range airliners. With its gracefully drooping fuselage, it suggested today’s supersonic Concorde and is still considered one of the most beautiful piston-engine airliners ever built. The 749A Constellation, of which 233 were built, had a cruising speed of 327 knots at 21,000 feet and was sold to TWA, Air France, KLM, and other major intercontinental airlines. One was lost over Brooklyn, New York, in a spectacular collision; another was lost over the savannah of western Africa, where the foxes today nest in its long bones; and another on a flight over the North Pole.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 11, 2010 - 12:26pm PT
^^^On my first flight in one the five-year-old me is reputed to have loudly exclaimed in mid-flight,

"WHEN ARE WE GOING TO CRASH?
gf

climber
Oct 11, 2010 - 12:29pm PT
MH2
A nice challenge for a turkey digesting day -say caught the shining sea yesterday at 16:30 in perfect light -wimped out at the wet streak on the dyke slab moves though
gf
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 12, 2010 - 07:28pm PT
Reilly quote

^^^On my first flight in one the five-year-old me is reputed to have loudly exclaimed in mid-flight,

"WHEN ARE WE GOING TO CRASH?
....................................................







gf quote

caught the shining sea yesterday at 16:30 in perfect light
........................................................................................



That was a day of generous warmth for October.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 16, 2010 - 01:10am PT
I got a call from Robert H.

"Do you want to climb, today?, he asks.


"What do you have in mind?"


"Oh, maybe Grand Wall and Chimneys, or Freeway, or...."


"You need a stronger partner. If I get a few things done I'll give you a call back at noon."



Looking down, Williams decided his cousin would never know the difference if he got off at the Morgantown exit, looped back two miles and finished the trip to Bowling Green on 431, so he could drive past the old place. Looking back later, he could see that this was where he began his trip to the North Pole.












Picking up the story where we left it:






Then Williams saw the most beautiful car he had ever seen.


It was a red and white '62 Chrysler New Yorker two-door hard-top with a red and white leatherette interior. The tires were up but old and dry-rotted. It looked like the car hadn't been run for a long time. The seats and the dash were covered with fine dust, but even through the dust the dashboard was gorgeous: clear plastic dials standing upright on a black field, covered with a clear dome like a city in science fiction.














‘Poland might be, in fact, considered as a country in the moon.’

Edmund Burke, 1772


Quoted in A Country in the Moon by Michael Moran

“I overcooked my approach speed and the car violently bottomed.”

“The underside was intact but I had struck a rock and broken the left bank of the exhaust manifold at the elbow. Experience has taught me that although they are strong nothing is simple to repair on a Rolls-Royce.”

“Jan the mechanic stood in the doorway of the farmhouse. He was a gangly, hyperventilating man with a cracked spectacle lens and a comforting smile who told me he ‘spoke American’.”

‘No big video! I fix mayor of Chicago Royce-a-Rolls when mafia blow him up with a bomb. No big deal this repair.’

“Each bolt was first hit a terrific blow with an iron bar and a sledgehammer to loosen it. I became nervous indeed of the beautiful machine and moved from foot to foot with a furrowed brow.”

“Go eat apricots from tree, Mike. You are make me nervous! Stop looking and worrying. We done this to Russian diggers and tanks. No big video!”

“The exhaust manifold was soon off and they hot-welded the cast metal after truing up the faces by eye on a grinding wheel. An art in itself. Russian tank gaskets were trimmed and glued to the faces. The repair came together perfectly and by late afternoon the work was finished.”




Meanwhile, back in the un-identified story, the Chrysler has suffered a broken oil pump close to the North Pole.

TM said there was a small camshaft-driven gear, Crystal said, under the distributor drive of the late-model Cyclone 3350, that would fit the oil pump drive gear in the Chrysler 413.



added 25 Oct 2010






Just then Williams heard a car start. It was an unusual sound in a junkyard late at night. It was unmistakably the Mustang. The deep-throated 351 Cleveland with the Memphis cam barked and then growled behind the mound.

Then, as the man and woman disappeared around one side of the mound, the Mustang came around the other.

The Mustang kissed off the side of a Pontiac station wagon, spun halfway around, and settled into the mud.

Talking Man dropped it into reverse and the wheels began to dig holes and climb out of them at the same time.

There was a boom and the left taillight disappeared.

The man and the woman ran around the side of the mound, high on the slope. There was a shot from inside the car and the man put his hand to his cheek then turned around, as if he'd thought of something awful. He dropped the shotgun and the woman grabbed it before it tipped over into the mud.

There was a boom and the other taillight went out.



MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 14, 2011 - 10:30am PT
The book has a new chapter which includes a book:


http://sonnietrotter.com/2011/06/19/busy-busy-2/


"I never did take a photo of the corner."
Sonnie Trotter





As for Crystal, she learned to plow with a mule, but she never liked it as much as that old John Deere "A," which always reminded her of her father, Talking Man, and their auto trip to the North Pole.
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 16, 2016 - 04:35pm PT
This may be a photo of the corner.

this just in

climber
Justin Ross from North Fork
Jun 16, 2016 - 07:37pm PT
Some great looking climbing. Thanks Andy, hope you are doing well.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Jun 16, 2016 - 08:31pm PT
Craig Thomson and I first climbed that corner with 20 A1 knife blades pounded and some other thin aid climbing gear. We had a little big wall experience involving schlepping the iron into an obscure location for the FA of Edge of Pan, as was the fashion of the day.

It got dark on us because the "In a Day" thing was what seemed to matter most at the time. The Pan Granitic Frogman Wall is still an exceptional place to find yourself, regardless of the route taken.

The original Pan Granitic Frogman Wall and the Son of Pan Wall are true hard nailing routes that share Daryl Hatten as the key motivator.

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