Across the USA 2013 #2 (Gates/ATS)
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.
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.
That evening Douglas Rykerd, a good friend who had been on one of our Baja California adventures, met us for dinner.
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.