“The closest thing to flying, without leaving the ground.”

© 2018 will freeman  all rights reserved Blog entry #6      Mar. 16      Thank You, Captain Ball!   It was Captain Albert Ball who said that.  The British WWI war ace was also a Morgan 3-wheeler fanatic. One of the first to own one,  I'm guessing he had plenty to do with its ensuing popularity. From Nottingham, the home of another well-known mythical hero, Ball learned to fly by taking lessons at 3am before he began his normal military duties at 6:45am. Average in his flight skills in the beginning, he would go on to become a national hero with 44 kills (and many more undocumented).  The war, and the kills, began to wear on him as he wrote to his father in his last letter, "I do get tired of always living to kill, and am really beginning to feel like a murderer. Shall be so pleased when I have finished". Like so many who experience war, the moral questions began to outweigh the excitement, demands, and commitment to battle. Shortly…

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Now the Work Begins

© 2018 will freeman  all rights reserved Blog entry #5      Mar. 12     The Real Work Begins Evelyn and I had dinner in Des Moines at the British Car Club meeting last night.  I gave a short talk about the trip and sold some copies of The Quest. It was a great chance to meet others with the same illness. Thanks to Steve Davis for the invite and the introduction.  A fun evening with folks who totally understood why I am taking on this trip. There is lots to do now that the Spirit is home safe. A short list: I received several  packages today: From CocoMats:  samples and templates. The hard part is choosing the color from the 7 samples. I'm partial to Furstil 6.6, Calico.  I'll do the templates tomorrow and send them off. The refrigerator magnets I ordered to hand out arrived.  they are of the trip logo above. The small vinyl State flags arrived.  Each is 1.5" x 2". I  will  put a new one on…

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The Spirit is home in Grinnell

© 2018 will freeman  all rights reserved   Blog entry #4      Mar. 11     The Spirit is home The Spirit has made its way to Grinnell.  After my son Cameron and I made a not so quick drive east to  Detroit (9 hours) on Friday, we had an early morning in Dearborn. After breakfast at a Bob Evans, we spent a quick 1:30 at the Ford Museum looking at planes, trains and cars of every type.  An amazing place for some quality time.  A great start to a Saturday. Then it was off to Auto Europe to meet up with Bret and Tom.  The Spirit was ready and waiting, having had the luggage rack, steering wheel spacer, hand fabricated clutch dead pedal,  and bonnet belt installed. The extra belts, fasteners, cars cover and tools were in a box ready to put in the pickup. A quick tour of Auto Europe showed a varied, long  list of unique and collectable cars being worked on.  This is a good place to visit if…

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Challenge, Fear, Trust

© 2018 will freeman  all rights reserved Blog entry #3      Mar. 6      Challenge, Fear, Trust It's Tuesday. I leave Friday with my son Cameron to drive to Birmingham, MI to pick up The Spirit. It's snowing!  Hopefully, it will be nice on Sat. for the return to Grinnell.  The Spirit will be on a flatbed,  open to the weather.  Cameron had a good idea to first  put on the tonneau cover and then use stretch wrap to cover all of the cockpit area to make it waterproof. A good idea,  assuming it is possible to keep the water out of the cockpit at all.  Doubt it,  but we will try. The snow prompts me to think about why I would take on such a trip.  Mark Twain said its best, "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do."  Thank you Mr. Twain. I've been lucky to not have a lot of "what if's" in my life. This…

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Comfort Vs Discomfort

© 2018 will freeman  all rights reserved Blog entry #2      Mar. 2       Days until departure:  80 days In my Sport Psychology class today, we talked about comfort, discomfort, and the bell-shaped curve.  Most of us choose to live life in the middle of the bell-shaped curve...let's call it the comfort zone of life.  This place offers stability, comfort, and a lack of fears. The problem is,  that same comfort zone can become a bit boring.  Those who tend to excel at their fields tend to operate outside the comfort zone,  where discomfort and the unknown can often be scary.  These places tend to be unstable....yet offer intense experiences and great potential for growth. We grow our comfort zone by testing its limits. Thus it is with a Morgan 3 wheeler. It is not a comfort zone, literally and otherwise. Transportation at its most basic level, it has a way of connecting one to the road in ways that an enclosed, quiet automobile cannot.  There are no power seats,…

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82 days till Departure

© 2018 will freeman  all rights reserved Blog entry #1      Feb 28      Days until departure:  82 days I have some passions in life outside of my family and my work: sports cars (mostly English) and motorcycles, reading, and writing are all at the top. I also have a passion for travelling, especially for taking road trips. I’ve made plenty over the years, on two wheels and four. When you put all those passions are together, you can begin to see why I wanted to take this special road trip in the summer of 2018. I have long been a fan of the Morgan 3-Wheeler (both original and recent models). There is something about that vehicle that has always resonated with me and made me smile.  The original rationale for its existence, to save fuel and taxation for the owner, just seemed a logical way to address the expense of transportation in 1910. With the original 3-wheeled models ending production in 1952, they became a footnote in automotive history.  Until…

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