Dad’s old Jeep provides escape from COVID-19 blues

Cam Gadue’s 1948 Jeep

Is anyone else tired about hearing about COVID all the time? 

I know I am. 

It seems like that’s all they talk about on the news. We seem to hear the words new cases, masks, vaccines, and social distancing about a million times per day. 

If you go on news outlets’ social media pages, like NBC channel 5, it seems like every single post is about COVID. 

Wearing masks and seeing other people wear masks in public is a constant reminder of it too. 

There are a few things we can do to “get away” from it all and distract ourselves from it. For me, I like to spend time outside, like at our deer hunting camp in Fairfield.

Up there, life feels normal. 

Race season is around the corner, so that will keep me busy this summer as well, as it always does. 

I also just recently got my dad’s Jeep back on the road after it had been sitting for several years. It’s a 1948 Willys. 

I forgot how much fun it was to ride around town in that. It’s real old school. There are no seatbelts, no doors, no power steering, and no power brakes. Hell, the thing doesn’t even have a roof because I took that off the other day. 

You don’t want to be in a hurry when you’re driving it, either, because the top speed is about 45 mph, and that’s going downhill with a good tail-wind. 

The oil pressure doesn’t seem to be quite right though. I think it’s either due to a faulty gauge or a worn-out motor. I’ll have to take a look at that when I get a chance.

It’s no secret that I love cars and the outdoors, so between the Jeep, Monte Carlo, racing and the outdoors, I guess I can keep myself pretty distracted from the pandemic, and manage not to worry about it too much. 

What do you do, if anything, to distract  yourself from the pandemic?

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