Across the USA 2013 #2 (Gates/ATS)

April 25, 2013

Despite the fact that we reached Denver under blue sunny skies, weather was on the way. The temperature had dropped back down into the low 30s and flakes of snow were drifting around when we arrived at the Gates Corporation World Headquarters. It was a pleasure to meet some of the people behind the company that has supplied our belts and radiator & heater hoses for over 30 years. Many of the employees came down to take a closer look at The Turtle V.

Our first stop in the morning was the Gates Corporation World Headquarters.

Our first stop in the morning was the Gates Corporation World Headquarters.

It was a pleasure to meet some of the people at the Gates Corporation World Headquarters.

It was a pleasure to meet some of the people at the Gates Corporation World Headquarters. They have supplied our belts and hoses for many years.

Monika is giving Ken Van Oort, Advertising & Marketing Communications Manager of Gates Corp. a tour of The Turtle V

Monika is giving Kent Van Oort, Advertising & Marketing Communications Manager of Gates Corp.,  a tour of The Turtle V.

In the afternoon we headed over to ATS Diesel Performance where one of their expert technicians gave our Aurora 3000 Turbo a thorough inspection, both visual and using a scanner for an on-the-road performance test. Not that we expected any problems, because the Aurora 3000 has been extremely reliable, but it was nice to know that everything was in perfect running condition. ATS owner, Clint Cannon, gave us a tour of the expanded manufacturing facilities. Virtually all components of ATS Turbos and ATS Transmissions are now manufactured in-house.

The ATS Diesel Performance technician gave our Aurora 3000 Turbo a through visual inspection.

The ATS Diesel Performance technician gave our Aurora 3000 Turbo a through visual inspection.

Using a scanner for an on-the-road performance test, our ATS Aurora 3000 was given a clean bill of health.

Using a scanner for an on-the-road performance test, our ATS Aurora 3000 was given a clean bill of health.

During a tour of the expanded ATS manufacturing facilities owner, Clint Cannon, showed Monika the new Ubangi earrings he is making. You can tell, we were all laughing!

During a tour of the expanded ATS manufacturing facilities Clint Cannon showed Monika the new Ubangi earrings he is making. You can tell we were all laughing!

ATS Aurora Turbos have taken us around the world and now they will do it again.

ATS Turbos have taken us around the world and now they will do it again.

That evening Douglas Rykerd, a good friend who had been on one of our Baja California  adventures, met us for dinner.

Douglas Rykerd drove up from Colorado Springs in a blizzard just to have dinner with us.

Douglas Rykerd drove up from Colorado Springs in a blizzard just to have dinner with us.

It was snowing hard by the time we went to bed. With the Espar Airtronic Diesel Air Heater set on low, The Turtle V was dripping with icicles in the morning and there was eight inches of fresh powder on the hood. We waited a few minutes but the weather didn’t change. Next stop St. Louis.

In the morning there was 8 inches of fresh powder on the hood.

In the morning there was 8 inches of fresh powder on the hood.

With the Espar Airtronic diesel heater set on low, we slept warm but The Turtle V was dripping with icicles in the morning at 24°F.

With the Espar Airtronic Diesel Heater set on low, we slept warm but The Turtle V was dripping with icicles in the morning at 24°F.

Icy roads awaited us as we headed east.

Icy roads awaited us as we headed east.

 

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