Our second year at this great event!
Wednesday, May 25
Some signs of the Mississippi flooding.
Then it got scary! Between Cape Girardeau and
St. Louis, MO on I-55, I was watching this nasty storm system both visually
on the live radar feed on the laptop showing several of those red boxes
indicating tornado warnings.
This was 3 days after the monster
that trashed Joplin, so the threat was very fresh in the mind.
I had planned the
itinerary with this system in mind, assuming that it would have passed on to the
before I got there. Unfortunately it had slowed enough that I was going to
have to deal with it.
Soon after the third photo, it got really dark, I mean midnight
black, although it was only 6:00pm, and the blinding rain began.
Listening anxiously for the softball size hail to begin, I tried every overpass
for cover, but they were all fully occupied! Still watching the live radar feed,
I kept going, seeing that I would be through it shortly. Sure enough, it began
to brighten up, the rain stopped and the sun came out. Whew!!!
I stopped for the night in Canton, MO.
Arrived at the Best Western Victorian Inn in
Hutchinson MN at 3:15.
Friday, May 27
parked right out front...
...and set up a small display inside where Crow
River Corvettes had registration &
Silent Auction items
and Ivan Schrodt had the National Corvette Museum table.
Friday evening featured the Pirate theme party.
A lot of great costumes!
Saturday, May 28
featured a scenic road tour, stopping at Classic
Rides & Rods
in Annandale MN. Coffee, donuts and lots of cool cars!
was a Corvette show on Library Square in downtown Hutch.
donor of $25 to the American Cancer Society signs the hood;
Thank you Ron &
Looks like I'm the last to leave!
evening featured the awards banquet. Incredibly, I received two:
"Longest Distance Driven" (OK, maybe I deserved that) and "1st
also was high bidder on 2 Silent Auction items:
The event Banner (see arrow, left photo) and Kermit!
On the road back to Sweet
Home Alabama at 6:21am.
90 minutes later the sun was trying to break through.
back home at 9:12, 1021 miles later.
The final stats (note: trip odometer resets @ 2000 miles)
thanks to Ron & Linda Cleland and the
for a terrific weekend, for a Great Cause!