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SoVaNow.com / August 21, 2014The tractor-driving Smith brothers, Lloyd and Wayne, arrived at their destination in Portland, Indiana on Monday around 5 p.m. The two — one driving a 1955 McCormick Farmall Super M tractor, the other a 1953 Ford 900 — had left their Virgilina home on Wednesday, Aug. 13 to make the 700 mile trek to attend the 49th Antique Engine & Tractor Show in Portland.
The two called late Monday to report to Wayne’s son, Carl, that they had arrived and had encountered no problems on the trip.
“They had no breakdowns and found people to be extremely nice and helpful all along their way,” Carl Smith said.
He added that he had no communication with the two for the first three days of their trip while driving through West Virginia due to the lack of cell phone reception. But as soon as they hit Ohio, he began to hear from them.
“I think it took them a little longer than they had expected,” Carl Smith said, noting they had hoped to average 100 miles a day.
Rain and cold hampered their travel, causing them to cover only 70 to 80 miles for several days of the trip. “But they had one really sunny day and were able to travel 120 miles that day,” Carl Smith reported.
On Tuesday they were scheduled to get back on their tractors for a 45 mile ride in which all the participants in the national show took part.
The show ends this Saturday, August 23 and the brothers will begin their journey homeward. “I just hope their trip home will go as smoothly as the one going out there,” he said. He added they had been surprised to find that the smaller tractor got 60-65 miles per gallon of gas after figuring it would only get 40 miles per gallon.
He said the brothers had met fantastic people all along their route from Virginia to Indiana, traveling along back roads. They said law enforcement officers along the way had been “outstanding” in checking on them and looking out for their safety.
One night after stopping for the day’s ride, a lady approached them inviting all three to come to her church to enjoy a church supper. They thanked the lady but told her they were fine and had plenty of food for dinner. An hour later the lady returned, bringing with her three plates, piled high with food, desserts, etc. for their supper.
Carl said the Smith brothers were checking to see if they had traveled the greatest distance to participate in the show, but they won’t know that until later in the week.
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