Our story comes from Minnie Swan. She writes to us from Michigan and her story truly is amazing! Have you ever seen the horror film Christine? Well, here is the farm version of it …. sort of.
Hello Ron, we have a saying here, “You know you’re from Michigan when your idea of a traffic jam is waiting for ten cars to pass a tractor.” My story is about just such an event and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
I was 13 years old and was going to a dune buggy race with my dad at Silver Lake Dunes. He raced in an annual event there. We came up to a traffic jam. Get It Traffic Jam. It was going amazingingly slow as each car passed the tractor. Everyone seemed very interested in what was going on with it. Finally, when it came time for us to pass my dad let out a shocked gasp, he pointed at the drivers cab and there was no one there. The tractor was driving itself.
We have another saying in Michigan, “Why build a straight road when you can put curves in it.” I don’t know if that is a real statement, but if you live here you know it’s true! This road we were on was quite the example. Somehow this tractor was following the road. Very slow, but doing it.
My Dad drove ahead and found a place to park our rig and set to wait for the tractor to show up. My dad’s plan was to get in the tractor and bring it to stop. Others pulled over to watch the show as well. The problem was that the tractor never came around the corner. My dad bought a motorcycle along with us and he took it off the trailer to go find out what had happened. He came back a few minutes later, and said he could find no sign of the thing nor had it run off the road. Others tried and failed to find that tractor.
I offer no explanation for this, nor can I prove any of it. It was the late 80’s and I don’t think they had the tech to make a self driving tractor in those days. – Minnie Swan – Michigan
What a crazy story and one I say has to be true. It is a head scratcher for sure and I can’t imagine making it up. Thank you Minnie for your story. It truly belongs on Ron’s Amazing Stories!
This Week’s Podcast:
On the podcast this week we have a real mindbender of a tale called Delayed Action. It comes from the science fiction pulp mags of the 50’s and was suggested to us and read for us by Paul Hampton. I have a pre-podcast assignment for you. Do a bit of research on what a Mobius Strip is. It will help unwind this one. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link