Yesterday I was finally able to pick up another classic cab from the same seller, Andreas, where I also got my Asteroids from (http://www.dragonslairfans.com/smfor/index.php?topic=1314.0
) . Actually, I bought both games at the same time, so this is a kind of Part II of the road trip.Statistics:
Date: 3 february 2010
Target: Galaxian (http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7885
Trip: Holland Ė Germany - Holland
Total length: 1175 kilometers
Duration: 13.5 hours
I had planned to visit a customer of me in Darmstadt, Germany, and then drive further south in the afternoon to pick up the cab. Unfortunately the customer cancelled the appointment a day before.
However, as I already had postponed this trip several times due to the winter weather, and because I knew Andreas would like to get rid of the cab, I still decided to go. Of course I first checked the weather forecast, which learned me (again) never to believe them.
Andreas would be at home at 5.30 PM and the last time I drove to him I needed 5.5 hours. So I left at 11 AM, which gave me some extra time just in case. The weather was looking good, this canít go wrong I thought. I brought something to eat and something to read with me (I know, I have to catch up with reading)
The weather is good on the highway, all the way to Frankfurt. I am singing along with the car radio
Although ÖÖ. There are getting more clouds in the sky going south
Then I stop singing, because of this
It all happens around here, and I still have to drive 250 kilometers!
Snow, snowy mud on the road, no fun at all
Then something strange happens. On the navigation system I see two traffic jams just ahead of me.
I hardly have time to take a picture of it because they suddenly disappear:
What a relief, I think, and I look up again. WOW, hit the brakes, there is a real traffic jam in front of me:
All in all this took about half an hour extra time, which I spend very well:
Itís always good to know why there is a traffic jam:
I arrived at the A7, and the road is looking better. I also need a break
Itís 4 PM and a little further down the A7 I decided to have an early dinner. I know itís not Burger King, nor McDonalds. If only I had known that at the next stop there was a Burger King! Ōt also started to snow again:
Modern day amusement. Not my cup of tea
The weather was getting worse and worse again, and when I almost reached my destination I wasnít happy at all, there was a fog, it was snowing, the roads got really slippery and I felt alone, like Remi.
Finally, at exactly 5.30 PM I was at Andreas place. And there she was, my Galaxian cab, and Andreas girlfriend from whom I got some nice coffee.
Due to the bad weather Andreas was a bit delayed, but as soon as he arrived we started to load the cab in the car (you can see from the motion in the photoís that I didnít take them
Thatís that. I took the opportunity to take some nice photoís of Andreas collection. Actually he has only a few Ďclassicí cab left, like Rad mobile and Star Wars Trilogy. Andreas also did put an XBOX in Rad Mobile with some driving games like Outrun 2006. Very nice indeed.
But what sure is impressive is his candy cab collection. Andreas has a lot of candy cabs, and there are some special ones amongst them. Most of you donít like candy cabs, but just check it out. Itís funny that he bought some of these cabs at the same place where I got a few of mine, like IC í09 and at rklok in Holland.
One thing to do, payment of course.
Oh, Andreas also gave me three fully working 20Ē arcade monitors with chassis for free. Thatís a nice guy. Thank you Andreas, and your girlfriend for this and for the warm welcome and nice coffee.
After the payment I went home, fearing what road conditions I would meet. I didnít take any pictures because I really had to focus on driving. The first 40 kilometers were on inland roads which were very slippery. But when I arrived at WŁrzburg all trouble was gone and I could maintain speeds like 150 kilometers per hour. Itís strange how quick the weather can change.
10 PM. I am hungry and I arrive at a Burger King:
Unfortunately they were just closing, so I drove further home. I arrived at home at 12.30 AM. Final statistics:
About the Galaxian cab: although the woodwork of the cab is in pretty good condition, it will still need a bit restoration work. I will open a new topic for that and one day this cab will be as nice as my Donkey Kong cab.