I learn a lot at Afton Station, both from doing a good bit of reading between visitors or, more often, from visitors. Today I learned both ways. In the morning, I learned that David Sedaris, one of my favorite writers and humorists, has a new book out. I also learned that the Packard Proving Grounds in Michigan has received National Register of Historic Places status. (That's where new Packards were put to the test back in the day.)
When the visitors began to arrive, this very congenial young couple from Ballant, Australia (near Melbourne) explained to me -- finally! -- why Australians like Ford Mustangs so much. It has to do with production in Aussie Land in the mid '60s. A very limited number of Mustangs were sent to Australia in the mid '60s, where they were converted to righthand drive using Ford Falcon parts. The people of Australia have been charmed by Pony Cars ever since. There's more to it than that, but those are the basics.
From the guy from Vermont, I learned what it's like to to drive one of those huge, 115,000 pounds (full) logging trucks through the Green Mountains in often nasty weather. Here he is, showing a photo of his truck to Betty, who shared in my learning today.