What to do when it rains 5 September 2014

IMG_1761Waking up to rain, we were so glad to have our Frogg Toggs pants and wished we’d gotten jackets as well. The water logged holding grounds held more as the rain poured down most of the morning. Scheduled to leave the tractor parking and journey to the Mackinac Bridge was delayed by the Bridge Authority on account of lightning, so we waited and soaked the sog into our bones.

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Finally the word to begin came and we took off with over 900 other tractors to drive the five mile long Mighty Mac. The storms continued to roll around as all the tractors took over the outside lane and rolled up the bridge accompanied by over 900 smiling faces. The people of the Ausable Valley Engine & Tractor Club welcome these Coloradans as their own. Lynn and Snowman and Nancy and all the rest!

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The fog came over just as we reached the top and the wind and rain we’d come to know as intimate friends, returned to ride with us over the top and down the north side onto theUpper Peninsula and St. Ignace. It was glorious.

IMG_1830Looking back over my shoulder, Robert and the John Deere A emerge unscathed and ready to tackle the bridge again some day. For now, the tractors sit on the show grounds basking in all the attention of the hundreds of people gawking at these old workhorses who built this country.

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About Sally Gerard

I am a writer, runner, teacher, singer, guitar player, mom, lover, coffee drinker, hunter, antique tractor driver, horsewoman, sister, and lover of the outdoors. Did I mention that I love lighthouses?
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