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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Because September. One last chase in the ZR2...ode to an old, dependable friend.

Back in the late 90's and early 2000's I had a 1998 ZR2 S-10 I chased in. Lots of memories and a lot of miles in that truck. For the past decade it has been semi retired from normal use. Basically was used to protect the asphalt on the west side of our garage from the sun until we had a teen driver who likes trucks with big tires. My son drives it most of the time but he needed one of our other cars on Saturday the 20th and the wife needed my Equinox to run to Minneapolis. A crashing cold front allowed me to take the ZR2 out one last time. This chase wasn't about the storms as much as it was about driving down some familiar roads and reliving a bunch of memories. The biggest were:

The August 16 2002 "bean puller" in Yellow Medicine county Minnesota.

The June 9 2003 Stuart, NE tornado.

July 14 2003 Lake Crystal / Rapidan, MN tornado aka "big pink"

And of course the June 4 2005 Hiawatha, KS tornado. What a day, what a day.

So with this final chase I bid a fond farewell to the ZR2. You have been a trusted road warrior over the years. May your retirement find you enjoying the perks of a sub woofer and amp, a reduced amount of rust on your fenders, and a bright pink high school parking permit hanging from your rear view mirror. Take care old friend.

Anyhow, click HERE to see the rest of the images from the September 20th chase in western Minnesota.

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