I left on Monday morning and made it to a rest area Richmond, VA that night next to many trucks. The next day I started early as it was going to be a long drive trying to get as close to Mapleville, Rhode Island. Right before getting to New York a storm came up with high winds so I pulled over for an hour to let it pass. I was heading up I-95 around New York and came to a stop because of the toll booth to get across the Washington bridge. It was $8 a car but cost me $40 to cross and about 45 minute later I was bouncing up I-95.
I made it to Connecticut that evening where I stopped at a service plaza for the night. Wednesday morning after a biscuit I only had about a 2 hour drive to Addieville East Farm (http://www.addieville.com/) which took me to some small and curvy back roads that the Big Blue Truck would rather not go on. I had to turn around 3 different times to get into the Hunting club but when I got there it was a really nice place. Jack O’Brien, the manager, was very accommodating and let me park and plug into his electricity. The weather was perfect so I took my bike out and went for a ride that afternoon and rode about 75 miles. I stopped at a restaurant called Perente’s which had great fish and chips. I talked with locals about my taping the Charlie Moore show said they watched it every Saturday morning and were really excited that they had met me. Bob, a salesman for Royal Purple, said he shot pheasant at the club twice a year with Ducks Unlimited and said he watch the Charlie Moore show also.
That night I slept with the window open with a nice breeze coming in. Thursday around noon Charlie Moore and his crew showed up to shoot clay pigeons for the show called “Beat Charlie Moore”. We had teams for the challenge with Charlie and his buddy Joel and I was teamed with Mike Russo. Joel and Charlie were team “Mad Fish” and our team was team “STA-BIL®”.
It’s going to be a 6 week series with us shooting three stations a show (A total of eighteen stations). After shooting around 150 rounds my shoulder was a little sore but the outcome was good. After shooting we filmed the truck inside and out and Charlie Moore rode the Monster Mower and said it was the neatest thing he’s had on the show. That evening they had a local chef come in and cook steaks for every one and we all had a nice time. Charlie gave me a hat and his book that he signed. I told him that at home he would be a good old boy or a red neck just like me. The next day I drove to Norton Mass to film at Aubuchon Hardware where I had to turn around in a Dunkin Doughnut parking lot. I couldn’t get into the hardware parking lot and during this turn around I knocked off two hubcaps on the trailer. Had a good interview and talked about STA-BIL Marine Formula and how I beat Charlie Moore.
I left Norton Mass that Friday afternoon and headed toward Nashville, TN where I am going to visit my buddy Tim Ragsdale. I stopped that evening at a rest area in New Jersey almost to the Pennsylvania line. On Saturday morning I got started early, drove all day and made it to Knoxville, TN where I had the truck washed and stayed at a TA truck stop for the night. I grilled a Bubba Burger and watched the Darlington race that night. Sunday I made it to Tim’s house going thru Nashville that had been flooded the weekend before and it was amazed at the damage that I saw. After 2,200 miles and 42 hours of driving this week it was nice to relax at Tim’s house.
Until next time!
Bobby Cleveland - The Engine Answerman