Drivers gathering for Great Nebraska Tractor Ride

WAYNE, Neb. (AP) — It’s amazing, drivers say, what you can see as you buzz along at 15 mph on a tractor over hilly rural roads and narrow county blacktops.

More than 175 drivers will find out as they gather Friday in Wayne to begin the Great Nebraska Tractor Ride — an easygoing caravan of old mechanized workhorses through part of northeastern Nebraska.

Among the drivers will be Carol and Roger Fuoss, of rural Wayne. They belong to the Tri-State Old Iron Association, an antique tractor group based in Yankton, South Dakota, which sponsors a number of tractor rides. The two days of the Great Nebraska ride, on Friday and Saturday, begin and end at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.

A similar ride began Monday in the Waterloo, Iowa, area.

The Fuosses will be riding on the double seat Roger installed on his 1967 International Farmall 756. The tractor ride may not be the most comfortable, but the Fuosses like the relatively leisurely pace.

“We take back roads and see things you don’t see every day,” Roger Fuoss told the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal (http://bit.ly/1pfnujc ).

Also, said Carol Fuoss, hitting the road on a tractor is a way to unwind.

“This is one time where he can sit back and relax, take things a little slower,” she said. “It’s nice to slow down.”

As they ride and take breaks in the towns of Allen, Concord and Martinsburg, the Fuosses will visit old friends and make new ones, sharing their love of old tractors.

“It isn’t a high-priced hobby. You’re using stuff you already have,” Roger Fuoss said.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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