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Why A Hearse? + Sad News

by Karol on May 2, 2011

A lot of people have asked me why I wanted to do this tour in a hearse. There are multiple reasons. I feel like my answer changes every time someone asks me. So let me make a list …

  • I loved Herman Munster as a kid. (But then, who didn’t?)
  • Lots of people think roller coasters are “scary.” Hearses give off a “scary” vibe. They go hand in hand. Sort of.
  • It would get a lot of attention on the road. You don’t notice cars on the road unless they’re special. I want people to notice me when I’m on the road because it will help promote the tour.
  • It’s silly. When I think “roller coaster tour in a hearse” it makes me smile.

But all of this time of thinking of doing this trip in a hearse I hadn’t driven one. I was looking for a specific model, an ’86 Cadillac. Well, it was becoming crunch time so I decided to expand my possibilities.

My First Hearse Test Drive!

This past weekend I test drove a hearse. It was awesome looking. And it was awful. I’m 6′ 5″ and most cars don’t work for me. But hearses/limos have retaining walls (or whatever they’re called) directly behind the driver’s seat. This renders the driver’s seat virtually unadjustable. I was basically crunched against the steering wheel with my knees bent at a near 90 degree angle. Fine for a short drive. Painful for anything like 13,000 miles.

For those who know me, you know I strongly dislike driving as it is. My body cramps up, my legs and butt fall asleep, and it just hurts. The hearse was a way to make the drive more bearable. “I’m driving a hearse! This is fun!” But alas, it’s not happening.

I’m not sure what kind of vehicle I will do this tour in, but it won’t be a hearse. I have exactly 19 days before my first stop so it’s there isn’t much time for lolly-gagging.

It’s not the end of the world. Honestly, the hearse was just an aside. It’s not a big deal that I don’t get to do this tour in a hearse. It’s still the most epic Roller Coaster Tour anybody has ever attempted!

{ 18 comments }

Robert Casper May 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm

How about an ambulance? Lots of legroom in a van.

Karol May 2, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Interesting idea. I wonder if there’s a used ambulance dealer around here! :)

Tim May 3, 2011 at 12:52 am

I vote for any car with the steering wheel on the passenger side.

Karol May 3, 2011 at 10:24 am

haha! An old postal truck? :)

Adam May 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm

You mean any car from the UK? ;)

Karol May 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm

hehe

Rhonda May 3, 2011 at 10:55 am

I love the ambulance idea! as well as a postal truck, though I’m not sure if that would get too hot/cold (if it’s an old one with an open side). Maybe an ice cream truck or VW bus? I wonder if it’s possible to remove the wall behind the seat in a hearse, or if it still wouldn’t help the seat move back even if it was removed. I’m guessing you already thought of that though.

Karol May 3, 2011 at 11:36 am

Removing the wall would technically be possible. But I would also have to remove everything in the back. Caskets are raised up and there is storage underneath. Hard to explain. Would also need to replace the seat. All way more work than I have time for. Unless Pimp My Ride wants to help me. (is that still a show?)

I’ve definitely thought of a VW bus and ice cream truck. :)

Lach May 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm

You are very, very strange, Karol :)

Karol May 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I’ve heard that before. ;)

Patricia GW May 6, 2011 at 11:54 am

Hmm, what about an ice cream truck? You could play your favorite music track instead of the usual jingle haha. Looking forward to the epic tour! :)

Karol May 8, 2011 at 10:15 am

That would be fun. The problem isn’t so much thinking of a vehicle to buy … it’s finding a vehicle to buy. I’m looking at normal cars right now. They’re more plentiful and I’m short on time. :)

Andrea May 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I’m thinking Dukes of Hazord Style. Or what was that Fireman show? I cannot remember… but a Firetruck would also be cool!

eBay has oodles of ambulances, though. No idea if any are “close” to you to check out, though. And I suspect you have already had a look…

Or this would be hit number ONE in my mind: school bus! Just imagining all the kids across the States cheering you on… :)

Karol May 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Hehe, yes, I’ve checked ebay for unique rides. Nothing close enough for me to check out with not much time left.

Holly McNamara May 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I would get a pink Cadillac ;)

Karol May 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

haha! That would be sweet. Car has already been procured. I’ll write about it soon.

Jerry Fleming May 23, 2011 at 7:37 am

I loved the hearse idea! I have a ’74 Cadillac Hearse myself. The one you test drove must have been pretty crappy! Mine has enough leg room. I have driven it to Cedar Point a few times. Sure, the seat is nonadjustable. But, there is plenty of room in back to nap! The biggest downside to taking a hearse on a trip like this is gas. It would cost a fortune! Especially an old one. At the moment, my primary car is a ’94 Cadillac Sedan Deville. It gets about 20-25 mpg. I love my big cars! If I am to be in a car for long periods of time, I want comfort.

Karol May 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm

It wasn’t crappy, I’m just really tall.

But I envy that you have a hearse. :)

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