88-year-old Fred Lorenz gave up driving this last year, but decided on going for one final drive in his 1946 Hudson pickup. Little did he know, he'd end up 350 miles away.

“He was glad people could have a good giggle over it,” Fred's daughter Ann Garton told Citizen's Voice.

Lorenz spent Easter weekend in Ohio with family, Garton said. The weekend ended with some beers at Lorenz's son's new bar in Cleveland.

It was there that he let loose on the surprise that he was giving his truck to Ann's son, 17-year-old Eamon from Davenport.

Before he handed over the keys, he wanted to have the truck serviced at a shop near his house, which led to a debate with his retired nurse wife about whether he should drive.

While this isn't THE 1946 Hudson, but it is similar to this one.

“He wasn’t going to give in. My mom thought she could keep him safe and told him to follow her,” Ann said.

On the drive over, Fred, who battles dementia, took a wrong turn and got lost.

The family reported him missing, and it wasn't until almost 10 hours later that he was spotted when a Kingston, Ohio police officer pulled over his vehicle for driving slow in the middle of a two-lane road.

During those hours, the family was scared that Fred may have crashed or worse, but Ann told Citizen's Voice they felt content if it had happened.

“If we didn’t have such a good outcome, he had a great Easter weekend and what a way to go,” she told the publication.

Ann said that even though her dad has dementia, he's “still very with it” and knew that he was lost.

“He kept thinking he could figure it out and wasn’t able to. It’s very typical of that disease,” she said. “It’s embarrassing to have to go up to people and say, ‘I’m lost.’ You’re recognizing it and admitting it to yourself.”

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It's worth noting that his 10 hour, 350 mile trip is even more impressive considering it doesn't have power steering and has a three-on-the-tree shifter.

Eamon's ready to drive the truck, since Lorenz taught him how to drive it when he got his permit at 14.

We talked with him this morning, which you can hear here:

For the time being, the truck was taken to the Kingston Police Headquarters to store until it can be transported back home.

Ann said her dad and Tom McTague, the officer who pulled him over, talked quite a bit and became friends.

“My understanding is Tom was an absolute delight. He was very empathic and looked out for my father’s safety,” she said. “I can’t say enough good things about them.”

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Quad City Area Home With Waterslide, Stage & More Selling For $2.5 Million

This gorgeous home for sale is just an hour away from the Quad Cities. Located at 26960 Sieverding Ridge in Bellevue, IA, this beautiful home is what the realtor is calling "an entertainers dream". It has 4 bedrooms, 3.75 bathrooms, a 4 car garage, an in ground pool with a 97 foot waterslide, a full lodge with a bar and stage, and so much more. This is the listing of the house, according to the Dubuque Area For Sale By Owner website.

This property has a 4,499 square foot house, a detached lodge with full bar and garage/workspace/shop, and an in ground fiberglass pool with a 97 foot water slide and pool house .

This gorgeous home is located in the country and is just 2 minutes away from homey, beautiful, Bellevue, Iowa. 

It features many custom upgrades including, but not limited too:
  • All brick home
  • Granite countertops including 2 islands in the main kitchen
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Beverage cooler
  • Maple and bamboo hardwood floors
  • 2 fireplaces
  • Large master suite
  • Walk-in closets
  • Full kitchen in the basement
  • 3 dishwashers
  • Large walk in pantry
  • Large dining room area
  • 2 laundry rooms
  • Forced air heat and central air
  • Mud room/ locker area off the garage
  • Office
  • Large windows that allows natural lighting.

The property also includes a detached garage/lodge/bar/shop area that 3,440 square foot and all brick. The garage/lodge also has many customs upgrades including, but not limited too:
  • Full kitchen with granite countertops
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Living and dining area
  • Full bathroom
  • Storage area that is currently used as a hunting lodge
  • Forced air heat and central air
  • Full bar entertainment area with stage that seats 50 plus people
  • Additional garage area that can used for multiple purposes including shop area, boat storage, etc. 

And of course this home has a gorgeous in ground pool and gorgeous outdoor space. The in ground fiberglass pool is salt water and 16' x 40' and a kiddie pool/ tanning ledge that is 8' x 16' and an automatic pool cover. The pool also includes a basketball hoop. A large concrete deck overlooks the pool area where the 97 foot water slide begins. 

There is a pool house too that includes a half bathroom, storage area, pool equipment room, full bar with ice machine, beverage coolers, stainless steel sinks, and concrete bar. A large built in pergola sits on the tanning deck which provides cooling shade. The pool is surrounded by concrete that creates space for many entertainment options. 

See what this gorgeous, $2.5 million home in Bellevue, IA looks like below!

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