6427 Miles: A Tour of America
By Gerard Forgnone
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Lockwood, CA to Scotts Valley, CA
Day 2 started
at my brother Fred's house, with his wife Kathy, in Lockwood,
California. Their property line abuts Camp Hunter Liggett,
for your Central Coasters who know where that is.
Fred taught me how to shoot skeet. I hadn't touched a gun
since the last time he took me shooting in 1974 or so. I
did pretty well!
Fred and Kathy had a neat little Miniature Pinscher dog that was
fearless, and would run like the dickens, even when we rode
around in the Gator. She's a cutie!
Well, you never know what trouble may happen when your big
brother gets hold of ya. A little beer, a little bit of
firearms, and a chicken. What the heck???
This is what it looks like near my hometown of Salinas,
CA. Rows of lettuce in the rich soil.
I've tried to find pictures of them, and explain them to people,
but nobody outside of Salinas or Yuma knows what a Fabco truck
is. These are 6-wheel drive, and go right into the muddy
fields to pick up the boxed lettuce, then right on the road to
the cooler to deliver it. Fabco has been making these
things for at least 50 years, and they haven't changed much, if
Another thing that anyone outside the Salinas Valley never
understands, is that it's COLD in the summer here! The
date is August 31, and folks, that's FOG rolling into the
Salinas Valley. That cooling fog is one reason crops
grow so well in the Salinas Valley. I think it was 68
degrees outside at this point, and it went down to about 63
as I continued on.
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