Looks like you’re having a great time grizz, we’re not jealous at all! Oh and if you’re at any more flea markets, steer clear of any Harry Potter books, apparently they have been banned in part of the states over fears they are black magic if read aloud! Don’t need you getting burned at the stake, or was that burned steak?😬
Largest vintage, embossed Coke cooler to add to his collection of Coke stuff......
Remember last year, he bought the full mechanical stop sign off a school bus and carted it home in his baggage.
I recall brining a ski bag filled with chrome trim, stainless bed strips and a steering column for my Chevy C10 from Texas a few years ago.
Most random purchase of the day award goes to Adam, Dennis’ son.
He bought buddy Tyler who got me that bad bottle of Jim Beam last week, a VW Beetle door.
After all, what do you get a guy who is a VW fan, but has everything.......
So from Nixa, we headed further west toward Arkansas
Using a very meandering back road route, seeing loads of old cars, trucks, tractors and other cool stuff.
See the surprise on the barns face?
We eventually made it to one of Adams best mates, Corey’s farm where they had just stopped for a break under the trees
When you work hard, you play hard, so Corey has a moto-X track and a load of bikes, quads and side by sides in his toy barn.
Adam took me around the Moto-Cross track in the side by side, interesting.
Corey has loads of old cars, trucks and implements on his farms, as does his dad and mum, they all farm independently and successfully..
Loved this Dodge service truck, one of a few on the farm.
After a few hours on the farm, and picking some of his barns for some pretty cool stuff, and helping his mum load a ton of dirt for some landscaping at her remodelled home, we headed to his dads one farm to see another car in a field.
Bought new by his grandfather and in the field many years, it is for sale.
Ahhhh yes, previous tenants moved out.
Interior needs work, but complete with resident hornet nests.
Back in the truck, headed out on back roads, we headed toward Cassville.
Family restaurant time for a very late lunch.
Anastasia, sweet, innocent and and the floor manager, plans on moving to the UK to study medicine......
So sweet and demure, so asked her to put a bit of spirit into it.
Back in the truck after a couple of Fleamarket shops, which included me getting a pair of spurs, at last.
Craig also got something he wanted, a Coke belt buckle from 1975.
Back on the road, we hit the Arkansas state line soon.
This meant we had some way to go, but next stop would be Clem and Kim’s place in Fayetteville
My fifth year visiting this amazing couple.
They have recently converted their homes to AirB&B accommodation for rent.
Clem has also enlarged his shop space by a significant margin.
BASS Pro is a must stop place for me when I visit Florida. Great memories of buying lots of Leatherman and Gerber Multitools when the £ was buying almost 2$, i was like a kid in a sweet shop! Not so great memories a few years later when one of my kids did a Narnia trick and walked through a large tent and out the back door of the store leaving me in a complete panic. The staff however were superb, locked the store down and reunited me with her when a staff member noticed she was little young to be heading alone to the parking lot.
Wow the blue and yellow colour scheme in that service truck is ace.
And I tip my hat to CraigRK for buying that cooler. I was sizing up the modern equivalent a few years ago in Walmart thinking I could wrap it it cling film and fill it full of clothes in lieu of a suitcase lol.
Keep it coming boys, reading about your trip sure makes a pissy day in Ireland a whole lot more bearable.
So we made it to Fayetteville and Clem and Kim received us like long lost family, the animals too.
Once the helloing was done, we went out to look over the new shop extension Clem has been working on.
28’ x 36’. Inner measurement will make up the new body shop, four doors, very tall roof and much usable auxiliaries
Meet Widdle Cat, he is was a tiny widdle kitten who was quite feral and lived in the hedge, but Clem is his buddy, so he is now an indoor/outdoor feral cat who lives his live entirely on his own terms. I was honoured with a few head buts and butt rubs from him so far.
Of course once we parked up, a few beers were cracked open, and when it was my turn to fetch more, I found the truck like this......
One forgets, this is,Arkansas and stuff is really safe here.
Nothing moves, unless you move it yourself.
Later, back indoors at the gas station the animals happy, we continued our chats and catch up.
The Gas Sation and Rock House are both on AirB&B so available for rent.
No waitress at TGIF (ate at the bar with a barman), and no waitress at Andy's, but we managed to entice an unsuspecting member of the public to take the mandatory pic with grizz . Her friend declined as her Marine Corps husband was in the car watching and wouldn't approve. Needless to say, we didn't push the issue!!