Mark Roseberry, a Corvette enthusiast from Ohio recently toured our nations country side in a 1995 ZR1.
His odyssey began with a winning EBay for a car that was on his top ten "bucket list" of cars to own.
After winning the bid for the C6 Z he and his son flew out to California to inspect the new acquisition.
The ZR1 passed muster and the deal was done.
At the time of the purchase Mark was unable to bring his new toy back to Ohio.
He enlisted the help of his brother who lived in Southern California. Marks brother a fellow Corvette lover gladly
agreed to drive the car back to his home for safe keeping.
The Zr1 remained at Marks brothers home for about a year. Mark finally found time and formulated the
perfect plan to take a drive of a life time. The plan included trying to pry the keys out of his brothers fingers.
After getting the keys back Mark and his son embarked on their Corvette adventure.
The road trip was planned to avoid busy State freeways. This Vette was going on a back country tour of America.
The trip began in Temecula California heading North along the Sierra Nevada mountains.
After reaching the Northern Sierras Mark and his son decided to drive though the mountains taking alternate
Western and Eastern routes through the mountains. On the second day of the trip Mark spotted a caravan of
Corvettes traveling through Tahoe driving in the opposite direction. An instant U-turn made Mark part of the group.
The next stop was a very small historic town. Mark told his new friends about the car and his odyssey.
Mark tells us it was an amazing opportunity to meet fellow Corvette lovers. After snapping some photos
Mark headed North East.
Not long after hitting the trail out of Tahoe The Z started bleching smoke. A bad hose and leaking coolant
temporarily stopped the action. While waiting for a tow a 1990 red ZR1 drove up and stopped to see if he could help out. Theyhad a great talk and was pointed us in the right direction to a local NAPA store.
A severe storm off the mountains forced Mark to move quickly after the repair. He snapped some
pictures and exchanged some handshakes and high-fives. The ZR1 left the store with a crowd pleasing burnout.
They hit the road again heading North East toward Yellowstone National Park.
The trip to Yellowstone was fraught with perils that included severe weather and washed out roadways. They were forced to take refuge at a local restaurant where they passed the time watching a gravel driveway
disappear beneath the flood waters.
The decision was made to brave the elements and go four wheeling with the ZR1. They finally made it to Yellowstone,
the fog lifted and it became a perfect Vette day.
Touring the park in a red ZR1 is the perfect way to enjoy natures perfect backdrop.
While touring the park a full grown Buffalo came rushing onto the road and and almost rammed the car.
This was a signal that prompted Mark to head back on the road to his next stop in Billings Montana.
The sights on the rad there included Bear Tooth Pass which is famous for it natural beauty.
The road trip enabled Mark to experience some of the most scenery in the world.
They saw snow in June and traveled to elevations that affected the idle and temperature of the ZR1.
Driving around the mountain switch backs while trying to avoid the thousand foot cliff drop offs was a real kick.
According to Mark it was almost impossible to mentally process the the events of his trip.
The boys ended the trip with a Buffalo and Antelope dinner with an old friend.