Titan II ICBM at Site 571-7
Protection Through Power
I recently visited the Titan Missile Museum near Tucson, Arizona. This was a fascinating place and I highly recommend visiting the museum if you are in the area. The Titan II was capable of launching from its underground silo in 58 seconds and could deliver a nine megaton thermonuclear warhead to its target more than 6300 miles away, in less than thirty minutes. Of the 54 Titan II missile sites that were in service between 1963 and 1987, the Tuscon site is the only one that remains. The underground facility reminded me of Lost’s Dharma Initiative because of the age and colors of everything. The computer systems and technology used to run the facility and missile were amazing. Fifty plus years ago this would have been quite the feat to develop and relied on some very smart engineering.
I took a trip to the local Honda Bike dealer today and looked at all the cool bikes. They had plenty of Shadows to go around but my favorite was the goldwing. That thing is bigger than the xB.
I just got back from downtown Raleigh and had lunch at El Rodeo which is a cool little mexican place. I got the Enchilada Supreme and it was awesome. If only my stomach was as happy as my mouth was.
Today at noon I left Beaver Falls and headed south to Raleigh, North Carolina to kick off my vacation. I have this week off and will be hanging out in Raleigh for a few days and then I am going to meet up with some friends at Myrtle Beach for the rest of the week.
The drive today was approx. 550 miles and took 9 hours. 550/9=61.111111111111 and so on. That means I averaged over 60 miles an hour. Not bad for the 108hp xB. I used about 1.5 tanks of gas and averaged over 30 miles per gallon. 550/30=18 gallons of gas at 2.35/gallon=$43.08. (all calculations were done within a 3% margin of error)
Three important things happened on this first leg of the trip…
1. I saw an 18-wheeler slam on the breaks and lock the tires hard enough for them to smoke.
2. BuddyLee is on tour now and I passed his tour bus.
3. I almost ran out of gas and the closest gas station was in this small town in West Virginia. The gas pumps must have been from the 80’s because they weren’t digital, each pump offered only one type of fuel (87,89, or 92 octane), and didn’t accept any plastic (credit cards) at the pump.
More to come as long as I can find free Wifi!