May 28-30, 2010
this year: It may have been my first time, but it certainly won't be the last!
What a great group of people and a great event to benefit the
Breast Cancer Foundation and the
American Cancer Society!
Thursday, May 27
Decatur AL, 9am.
would be St. Louis, from I-64.
Windmills north of
Waterloo, IA where I had spent the night.
in Hutchinson MN about 1:30, 1056 miles from home.
washing the Vette, it was on to the games.
evening was a great 50s Sock Hop.
First activity was a Poker
Run; 90+ scenic miles.
was the Corvette show on the Library Square.
"Mrs. Minnesota 2010" signing my banner.
day concluded with the Awards Banquet.
Much to my amazement, I received these two.
("Longest Distance" I could see, but "Best in
At 102,000 miles, I'LL TAKE IT!)
Sunday, May 30
hit the road for home about 10am.
This was Memorial Day weekend.
There was no way I wanted to be on the road on the Monday holiday!
As I left Hutchinson, my Garmin showed that my ETA for home was 12:25am Monday; I
can do that!!!
Surprisingly, the Garmin route home was totally different from the route up.
Where Northbound routing took me
by Interstates right through Nashville,
Memphis, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul, then west on state roads about 70
to Hutchinson MN, the return trip routed me straight down from Hutch to
skim the South edge of Memphis, then East on US 72 right
to a couple miles from
my house. Miles up - 1056; miles for the return - 1020. 14 hours 37 minutes, and
if this route included 200 miles of
Interstates, I'd be surprised it was that
much! That's an average of 69.8 mph including all stops. It was by far
the most pleasant 1k mile day I've ever done!
scenes along the way...
was only 1 delay: Just before midnight, about 45 minutes west of home,
Muscle Shoals AL police were out with a holiday weekend roadblock.
It only took about 5 minutes to get through it, and from the number of cars
had pulled aside, I was glad they were doing it!
12:37 I was in my garage. 14 1/2 hours earlier Garmin had projected ETA 12:25.
With 2 gas/pit stops and the roadblock I only missed the time by 12 minutes!
do they do it? And a terrific route as well. Gotta love Garmin!
C5Creations mask filtered lots of
bugs that didn't get to my radiator or air filter!
again to Crow River Corvettes
for putting on such a great fundraiser,
and a ton of fun to boot! I'll definitely be back next year!
a special Thank You to this wonderful couple for masterminding
and keeping it all together: Ron & Linda Cleland!