Special C’s Turtle Top hits 500K

Special Consensus is one of the most well-traveled bands in bluegrass.

And so, by extension, is their trusty Turtle Top van, Snowball. It has taken them all across the US and Canada since it went into service in December 2002.

Greg Cahill and the band are touring in California the rest of this week, and their beloved vehicle is about to cross a major threshold: 500,000 miles. To celebrate, they are offering a free copy of their upcoming Compass Records CD to whoever can predict where they will be when the odometer makes the jump.

Greg shared a list of all the band members who have shared the ride…

“Special C current and former members who have ridden in Snowball: Josh Williams, Tim Dishman, Jamie Clifton, Ron Spears, Tres Nugent, Justin Carbone, David Thomas, Ashby Frank, Ryan Roberts, Rick Faris, Dustin Benson and Greg Cahill.

Then there were the folks who hitched a ride from us – going to or from a festival, workshop camp, etc. – and that would include Megan Lynch, Brandon Rickman, Chris Hill, Stephen Mougin, Andrea Roberts, Dennis White, Sierra Hull, Kevin Denney, Josh McMurray, and Tim Wilson.”

If sleeping bunks could talk…

As of Wednesday afternoon, the bus had 498,861 miles on it, when they left Hayward, CA for a show in Pleasanton. Here’s their schedule for the next few days:

Thursday night – Northridge, CA
Friday night – San Diego, CA
Saturday – Yuma, AZ
Sunday – Albuquerque, NM
Monday starts the drive back to Nashville, TN

So pull out your maps, take your best guess, and post it here in the comments.

Whoever comes closest to the mark will get a personalized copy of Scratch Gravel Road when it is released in March on Compass.

Sounds like fun!

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  • Seth Mulder

    they should be in or around Yukon Oklahoma on their way back to Nashville.

  • Jon Weisberger

    If every original part has been replaced, is it still the same Turtle Top?

  • StoneFingers

    I’m guessing they’ll be somewhere on I-40, around Continential Divide or Thoreau, NM.

  • Kari Rowe

    I’m thinking you’ll be around Houck, AZ. Safe travels guys!

    • David Porter

      Just past Houck, Arizona, closer to the Arizona/New Mexico border

  • Mike Dillon

    I’d say Holbrook, AZ but if not I get the cd anyway. Jan and I already have Special C cds. Hope to see you at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis this summer.

  • Richard Holmes

    I’m gonna’ say Gallup, NM I-40. Be safe out there on the ol’ boulevard!

  • Lori

    I am guessing Gallup,NM…Hope to see you in Nashville at the SPBGMA convention..I am hoping you will be there!!

  • margaret green benson

    Does towed count? Just kidding. . .

    I say just on mile west of Moriarty, New Mexico.

    Hope all the Special C boys stop to raise a glass to toast Snowball on her landmark event (except who is driving, of course!)

  • Dennis

    It’s bound to roll over 500k just outside of Amarillo, TX.

    Guys, the show at Maple Street Chapel was fantastic again this year.

    Thanks for the music.

  • Lonnie

    My guess would be that ole’ Snowball will hit the 500k mark around Tucumcari. Safe travels!

  • jean nelson

    I’m thinkin’ you should just about make it to Las Cruces, NM – to the McDonald’s, no doubt!

    Lovely to see/hear all of you the other night. Hope you took some of the sunshine with you! x, Jean

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