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Cross Country Elan

PostPost by: Ross Robbins » Sat Feb 06, 2021 1:46 pm

Some of you may remember that I am planning a cross country trip in my Elan this spring. In preparation for that adventure I have begun a blog to get the word out to anyone who might be interested in either meeting up somewhere along the way or just following the progress and story.

The original post is here: https://lotuselan.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=47576&start=15
I also am soliciting donations to the kids at Roundup River Ranch and have set up a donation page for the Ranch. While I will be funding my own expenses for this trip, I would appreciate any support you may feel like contributing for the kids.

The link to the blog called Cross Country Elan, is here: http://www.xcountryelan.com

If you want to be notified of any updates to the blog as they are posted, just subscribe using the FOLLOW button after entering your email address above that.

If you wish to donate, use the rounded button marked DONATE HERE and give whatever you can even if it is a small amount. It all adds up and it helps the kids.

And, finally, if you wish to connect along the route which will be published as a general path soon and with specific daily routes about a week in advance, click on MENU (the three bars in the upper right hand corner) and use the contact button.

Here’s hoping to see you or virtually connect with you in the next few months.

Cheers,
Ross
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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:37 am

Safe Lotusing! Hope to see you when you are out our way.

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PostPost by: Ross Robbins » Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:00 pm

I am blogging regularly about the preparations for the trip here http://www.xcountryelan.com and I am about to post daily driving segments. If any of these look like they will be near you and you would like to meet up or join me, let me know with the contact button on the upper right of the page in the menu.Or, email me at lotusross at comcast dot net.

If you have local knowledge that can warn me I have made a poor choice of available routes, let me know that too.

I have my Covid shots so I AM going the first part of April!!
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PostPost by: 69S4 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:48 am

That's one hell of a trip Ross. I'm pretty sure both you and the Elan are up for it though and I'll be following the blog with interest. I was just reading the section bemoaning the shortcomings of the std Elan soft top and, as the owner of the coupe version, I'd just say be careful what you wish for. :lol: The soft top may leak like a sieve but by the time summer arrives you'll be grateful for it. A couple of years ago I took my car down to the south of France in August and the temperature hit 45C (110+F) inside the cabin. Those temperatures and vinyl seats are not a match made in heaven!

I'm guessing Covid travel restrictions are not as big an issue in the US as they are in Europe. It's not really possible to go anywhere at all over here at present so my (smaller scale) similar ideas have been put on hold for the second year. My plan was to take a 53yr old two stroke motorcycle from the UK down to North Africa, duplicating a trip I did in 1970 and compare / contrast / draw conclusions about life/ the universe/ everything between the two trips. That latter part would (will) see the light of day in book form, the initial spark for which I have you to thank when you helped me out with the mechanics of getting into print many years ago. Reading through your blog has reminded me I ought to do something similar. In the meantime I'll be taking inspiration from yours.
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PostPost by: Ross Robbins » Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:42 pm

Thanks for the support Stuart. As Tim Wilkes said,..."it's only water and as we know, skin is waterproof!"

As to Covid and travel restrictions, you are right that it is a bit easier in the USA but also I will be essentially alone most of the time and will have had both jabs (second one scheduled for March 3!) and will be on back roads and small towns so the risk seems small. Besides, someone needs to provide a great act of individual liberty to start the mainspring of commerce and it may as well be me.

I had looked for your book on Amazon but did not find it. Could you send a link so that I might buy a copy. I would very much like to have it. Your next one sounds equally amazing. Make sure to let us all know when it is available in a year or two.

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