The Mother of all Road Trips
After seeing my website for the first time, Ron my best friend from childhood days called
me. If you have followed this site you probably have read some of our adventures and misadventures. Ron
finally visited this site and read many of my reflections of our times on Town Street, Circleville,
Ohio. After reading them he had to call me and remind me of our road trip adventure that I am about
to share with you.
Growing up in the 1960s we probably did some crazy stuff but
nothing could compare to the road trip Ron, Edwin and I took to Waverly Ohio and Lake White in the
summer of 1965 to see those lovely girls Ron and I had met a few months before.
Besides Edwin's wheel flying off the car with us traveling about 70 MPH, staying at one of the girl's
homes while their parents were away and of course the highway patrol looking for us, it was pretty much
All three of us worked at a farm just up the highway making a $1 an hour but this
particular weekend we decided to play hooky from work and sneak down to Lake White in Waverly,
Ohio which is about 38 miles south of Circleville. The problem was we didn't tell our parents.
Since we had planned to be back early the next day, we decided we could just camp out
at Lake White and sleep in the car.
I packed an overnight bag and threw it out the front upstairs
window where Edwin scooped it up and put it in his 1963 Chevrolet Impala. Ron got his stuff out the front
door somehow. We lived next door to each other so we could keep each other's parents busy. Since Edwin drove
his car, Edwin made Ron and me responsible for the food and gas.
Edwin was a nice guy but whined a lot and definitely not a type of
guy that most girls wanted, although my mom use to say "there was somebody in this world for
everybody." Somehow I couldn't relish the thought that there was a girl for Edwin. (Edwin
did get married later in life) We invited him along because he had the nice car but the main
reason was he hounded us to death to include him. Picture this guy if you can, first of all he was
about 5' 7" and weighed 90 pounds soak and wet and had buck teeth. I don't want to offend anybody reading
this but Edwin also played the tuba for the high school band. How could a guy that size lug around that big
tuba? He was small but could he eat! He loved A&W Root Beer Papa Burgers. He could wolf
down two of those large burgers plus fries in no time flat. Where he put it I don't know. (maybe inside the
As the case of all our road trips, we had to have the radio blaring as we headed down the
You can click here and it will open in a new window so you can listen to what I remember were the
hits of the summer of 1965 that were probably playing on the radio as made our way to
We usually listened to WCOL of Columbus but since it only broadcasted at 500
watts we soon lost it and I can't remember for the love of me what station we tuned in but we had it blaring as
we barrelled on down the road singing the lyrics of most of the songs that were playing.
We arrived at Lake White some time in the late afternoon so we stopped by A&W Root Beer
drive-in for our early supper. Of course Edwin had his usual Papa Burger banquet. We had to keep
reminding him that we were on a strict budget. Why couldn't he be satisfied with one Papa Burger like
Ron then called Jayne and told her we were in town and had a third wheel with us who needed a
date. She asked what did he look like so Ron described him completely out of listening distance from
Edwin. She actually found a date for him but the problem was my girl, Sandy was away for the weekend
with her family so now I became the third wheel.
Ron, Edwin and I cruised the town for awhile giving the girls enough time to do what girls
do for a date. Edwin's date lived just up the road from Jayne on Lake White. Jeanne was a really
beautiful girl. I couldn't believe this girl was for Edwin. Of course Ron would have nothing to do with
me sitting in the backseat with Jayne and him so I parked my third wheel hind-end in the front seat with Jeanne and
As we cruised around town, I could feel Jeanne staring at me but I kept my eyes to the
front because after all, I had Sandy and this was Edwin's date. That didn't last too long before long I
looked over and she was over me. I never knew an aggressive girl before. This was new for
me. Did she know who her date was? We just met and everybody in the car couldn't believe what was
happening, including me. Edwin was purely teed off at me and went ballistic with. Like an
uncontrollable child he mashed down on the accelerator of the 409 and kicked the 4 barrel carb in and
before long we were rolling down the highway at a high rate of speed. We all were screaming at him to slow
down. Jeanne was punching him as I was trying to kick his foot off the accelerator. Then
suddenly the wheel flew off and the car rocked and spun like it was going to overturn but it came to a rest on
the side of the road right side up. We were lucky we weren't injured or even killed. The car had to be
towed in; so much for sleeping in the car at the lake. The car couldn't be worked on until the next day and
since we didn't have enough money to cover the repair, Edwin called his dad the next day and man did
stuff hit the fan. We could hear his dad yell obscenities on the telephone.
Since we had no place to go we stayed at Jayne's parents house whose dad and mom were at a
medical convention. Jayne's younger brother Bobby was home which interfered with any real
fun. This kid was an actual Eddie Haskell type smart ass even though he was probably about twelve.
Well Edwin got over Jeanne quickly and adopted the family dog, Percy. He hugged, kissed that dog
and joked about it all evening long. Edwin and Percy got along pretty well as did Jeanne and I.
Later that night Sandy called and of course Jayne snitched to Sandy about what was going on between Jeanne
and me so Sandy and I were no longer an item.
At breakfast that morning, as Bobby watched Edwin eat like eating was going out of style, he
made the remark "I can't wait till I visit you guys, I've never met anybody that lived in a barn." I had
to agree. Edwin's table manners were quite embarrassing.
When we failed to come home that night my mom called the highway patrol and reported
us missing in action. There was no report of any accidents but the Ohio State Highway Patrol said they will
keep an eye out for us.
The car got fixed by noon and Edwin's dad paid the mechanic and we made it home
without any interference from the highway patrol but with all said and done, Ron and I were
both grounded until we were age 45. I think Edwin received a more harsher punishment, he lost the use of
the car for quite a long time.
Edwin has been deceased now for several years. There isn't a time when my mind doesn't
wander back to those days and to our antics. Most of it was always innocent fun. As I recall those times
during the sixties, those antics still bring a smile to my face . I still think
about Ron, Edwin and others I grew up with and yet wonder, even though they now have lives of
their own, if their thoughts slip back now and then to a place and time where we were so much younger and so
much more carefree.