James and I spent the last weekend on the road with our friend Jim from the UK. He has never seen this part of the US, so we made sure to plan an epic trip for him. His parents own one of the Wooler Hodec right-hand drive DeLoreans (Wooler Hodec was responsible for converting a handful of DeLoreans to RHD for DMC in preparation for an expansion to European and Asian markets that never happened), so he is an extended part of the DMC family! Our rental car was a brand new Nissan Pathfinder, which was surprisingly peppy. We put almost 3,000 miles on it!
Our first stop was the World's Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City, Kansas. It has its own pedestal in town and has been extremely well maintained by the local residents. The town is a beautiful example of Small Town America, with a fully restored gas station from the 1920's across the street that can now be rented out as a hotel room. The Ball is currently 43 feet in circumference and weighs over 20,000 pounds. It was started in 1953 and has been added to by residents and visitors ever since. We were lucky enough to have one of the Ball's caretakers, Linda Clover, drive by as we were examining it and offered to let us add to it! It was awesome to help the twine ball grow. The Ball has its own Facebook page, which can be found here.
Next, we headed to Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska. It is a roadside attraction that is accessible 24 hours a day, although there is a small gift shop that has limited hours depending on the season. More information can be found at www.carhenge.com. Long story short, it is a replica of Stonehenge in England, but instead of using giant rocks, the builders used cars. There are also several other car sculptures on the grounds, including an Autograph car where you can leave your own mark or message. The sculpture has become inhabited by friendly pigeons, but otherwise, it had received a fresh coat of grey paint and was looking very photogenic against the passing storm system that we drove through while getting there. Some 360 photos for your phone can be found here and here. Let me know in the comments below what kind of cars you can see! There is a bit of everything...
Stay tuned for Part 2, showing our visits to Mt. Rushmore, Devils Tower, and Cadillac Ranch! Give my Facebook page a like so you don't miss it!
Update - Part 2 can be found here!
Hi, I'm Sarah and I'm a car nut, bird lover, and musician. I have recently transitioned from music teacher to automotive service manager, and there have been lots of cool stories and crazy characters along the way!