I Got 15 Minutes

So today was quite the adventure for your C7 host. I told you I had a surprise, and mission: accomplished!

I had this great idea Monday night, to fly into Chicago, and surprise the Heckmanns by riding the last day on the train with them. Honestly if you knew how fun it really is… you would too! So I flew out of Oakland this morning @ 7am, heading towards Chicago, with a stop in Long Beach. I got into Chicago around 4pm, and immediately jumped on the subway/train to downtown. During this whole time, im texting with the brothers to find out exactly where they are. As I get off the subway, I find out they have been hanging out at Navy pier for a few hours, and will be leaving soon. So I get my train ticket, check my bag in, and hop on the first bus down to the Pier. The minute I get off the bus, I look to my right, and they are literally right there. Millions of people in Chicago, tens of thousands at Navy pier alone, and I find them within 2 minutes. So I fire up the camera, and start running towards them (keep in mind they had NOOO idea!). So I’m filming as I run up to Matt, and I ask “Hey do you know where the water taxi is?!” And I get the craziest look I have ever gotten in my life…. it was like he was looking at a ghost!

It was really funny, and I’m glad I caught it all on tape… maybe ill post it. Anyway, so here I am at union station in downtown Chicago. We got to take a nice water taxi ride back to here from the pier, and took a lot of pictures. We’ll post some up tomorrow.

Ok well time to hit the rails. We’ll be online tomorrow when all the good stuff starts at 4pm. Until then, See Ya!


Bego has Landed!


Well its official as of 2:22 EST. The Bego boys have made it safely into Rochester with all of our gear. We cant say thank you enough to these guys for the trip that they make, just to haul our equipment.

Last night the Heckmanns had a little time off, a mile high in the sky. Unlike last years trip, the guys got to Denver so early, that they had a few hours to get off the train, and explore downtown Denver. I never did hear back from them after they were supposed to be back on-board, so lets hope they didnt decide to hit up the Rockies game instead!



As for the rest of the corps… its seems like a LOT of people are traveling out today, including myself. I actually have a suprise in store, but I wont fill you in on that just yet.

Safe travels everyone, we’ll see ya on the other side!


On the Field: Heat of the Day

We’ll Keep this posted at the top of the page for the rest of the day for easy access. Keep checking below for the latest updates from the road!


Rockin the Rail

Finally the sleeping beauties have woken up, and blessed us with an update! Heres Matt:
“Update #2, We are currently passing through the heart of Troopers country, Wyoming. Went through Laramie and are on our way to a little town called spear. From there we’ll hit Denver, and it looks like we’ll have a couple hours to explore downtown. Ill try to post some pictures of Denver later tonight. Until then, this is the the California Zephyr signing off…”

Meanwhile, while the bego is getting some work done, the boys are enjoying a mid-west fav.


Speed Bump!

The crew is taking a break while in Toledo OH to take care of a couple issues. First the compressor is giving them a little bit of an issue, and now the first blown tire of the trip on the trailer!

Im sure they will be back on the road in no time!


Got Corn?

As we were all rolling out of bed this morning, the Contrabego was rolling through the windy city passing the 2,200 mile marker. Since then they have made it into the “Land of Lincoln” and apparently are lost, trying to find a Panda Express for lunch. I guess when you gotta have Orange Chicken, you gotta have it!

As for the Heckmanns, they are probibly still sleeping as they chug through Wyoming. As soon as we get an update from team cobra, we’ll let ya know.

Got any questions for the bego crew? Wanna know what movies they are watching, or their choice of energy drink to keep them awake on those night drives? Just comment bellow and we’ll get their answers.




Planes, Trains and Contrabegos Update

One last travel update for the evening.

The Bego crew has made it out of Wyoming and into Nebraska, passing the 1,200 mile mark. All we heard is that its boring in Wyoming, It was raining while Steve was driving, and something about a pink loofa… I dont know lol.

The Heckmanns aboad the California Zephyr are also making decent progress, as they just made a stop in Elko NV. In fact they are getting a little extra time off of the train, because they have been arriving to their cities early! Heres an update from Matt:
“Day 1 is coming to an end as we make our way to Salt Lake City. We had breakfast along the bay, lunch in the sierras, and dinner on the barren central Nevada landscape. We even managed to get some work done on the drum solo. Tomorrow finds us in Wyoming, and then Denver. Good night everyone! “
As for the Planes portion of this update, I know we had one member (Calvin) fly out tonight, some more will head out tomorrow, and the bulk flying out on Wednesday.


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