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Convoy 2KX

The Idea

’Way back in the mists of time — the year 2000 C.E., to be specific — an intrepid group of fellows attempted to re-create the cross-country trip that was described in the song “Convoy”. These three hearty men began near Shakytown (a.k.a. Los Angeles, California) and, in the space of five days, traveled nearly three thousand miles to the Jersey shore, avoiding bears, potholes, construction zones and traffic jams — despite their unintended separation between Gallup, New Mexico (or Shamrock, Texas, depending upon your point of view) until a happenstance reunion near Breezewood, Pennsylvania.

All three of these fools are contemplating another attempt at this coast-to-coast run, to be undertaken in the late Spring of 2010. Details will be provided as planning progresses, assuming that the parties involved do not come to their senses and abandon this project. The current route is planned to be from Santa Cruz, California to Cape May, New Jersey. Yeah, it’s not the “classic” route, but have you ever tried driving on a freeway near Los Angeles?

So if you have been thinking about an excuse to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, in five or six days, along boring stretches of Interstate highway, and experience the shock of paying for 6000 miles worth of gasoline, please pencil in the first two weeks of June (6 through 12, just for the main event) for the vacation (ha!) of a lifetime.

So far, those three travelers of Convoy 2000 — Skywalk, Snoopy, and Silversmith — are clearing their schedules for a week of road-running. Want to join in? You can drive yourself, or bring a friend. Alan Chafin — the same guy responsible for plotting Convoy 2000 — is once again planning the route. Contact him if you might be interested in joining us in this endeavor. Convoy 2KX will run from June 6 to June 12.

Also, Alan (a.k.a Skywalker) is looking for someone to ride shotgun with him. If you don’t want to drive solo, you can split the car expenses with him.

The Plan

In Convoy 2000, ten years ago, the route that we drove was essentially the same route that was described in the song “ Convoy ”. This time we’re taking a different path.

Please note that this schedule is not finalized; check the Convoy 2KX page for changes and further details.

Here’s what we have planned, so far:

June 6: We depart our starting point in Santa Cruz, California. That night, we’ll stop in Rachel, Nevada, home of the famous Little A’Le’Inn , and the doorway to Area 51.

June 7: saddle up and ride to Ouray, Colorado, the home of the person responsible for C.W. McCall, Bill Fries!

June 8: a day in Ouray. Maybe you can drive the Black Bear Road. And, if we can persuade him, dinner with The Man himself.

June 9: back on the road, heading to Dodge City, Kansas.

June 10 through 12: pedals to the metal as we head east to the Jersey shore, crossing the finish line in Wildwood, a resort town on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

Thoughts to Think

You may not want to drive from your home to Santa Cruz, or drive home from Wildwood. Consider flying to Santa Cruz, renting a car, driving to Wildwood, then flying home. There are many airports near these cities.

Wildwood is a resort town. Think about taking a few days off to lie in sun.

Our stops along the way will be planned. We’ll make allowances for plenty of rest, refuel, food, and motels.

Bring your cell phone; and if you have one, a CB radio. We’ll have a lot of time to talk on those long drives.


Convoy 2000

’Way back in the mists of time… wait, I already said that. Well, back in the year 2000, there was a coast-to-coast trip across the U.S.A. However, unless you managed to uncover the relevant back issues of The Legend-News, a task that was until this week nigh impossible, then you’ve never read the entire story, or at least my version of it. Now you can!

This week, I’ve begun a massive cleanup of The Legend-News . You can find the stories about Convoy 2000 in the issues from 2000 June 26 through October 30 . You can also read the entire Convoy 2000 saga by itself in the Convoys section, although I haven’t yet posted all of the articles that originally appeared in The Legend-News .


The Archives of The Legend-News

As I just mentioned, I’m cleaning up the back issues of The Legend-News . Every issue is now listed in the archives , and I’m removing or correcting URLs, fixing some strange formatting, and in general making the back issues useful. I’m also taking articles from The Legend-News and adding them to the already-established sections on this site: for example, the articles about Convoy 2000 and the Old Home Café commercials.

This cleanup will take a week or two; but in the meanwhilst you can easily find the individual issues.


Next Week, on NCIS

You may have seen the clip in the Drive-In Theater from “NCIS” season 6, episode 8, “Cloak”, wherein DiNozzo riffs on C.W. McCall and Smokey and the Bandit.

Well, in the “next week” promotion of this week’s episode (February 2), you can hear a bit of “Convoy” behind the action in the upcoming February 9 episode, “Jack Knife”. Someone at NCIS is a Crispy Critter, there’s no doubt about that. View the “Jack Knife“ promotional spot.

(Thanks to Critter Greg Lucke for alerting me to the promotion, and to Critter Chris Doyle for pointing me to the YouTube clip.)


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