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Clark, Bob & MonicaPriebe, Joe & Rosemary

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Over Hill, Over Dale

Mystery Lunch Run September 27, 2015

Joe and Rosemary Priebe and Bob and Monica Clark promised a “nice, long run” and they delivered. 

By 9am on an already warm Sunday morning a group of 29 cars and 50 eager “Corvetters” were raring to go and explore whatever part of Southern California, the intrepid team had mapped out and then to eat until we exploded at some place advertised as offering “great” food. The crowd included a lot of familiar faces, as well as some we have missed, Ron and Darlene, (so glad to see you!) and Brad and Esther, who have been too busy to have fun; some who haven’t been seen in years and years (Mike and Marga Kidd, Charter Members and longtime absentees in their new black C-7); brand new members today Fred Fox and his wife and son, Tyler (although Fred is the only one who turned up); and hopefully new members Mike, who recently bought Mike Kidd’s last black Corvette and his buddy. Hans Boers stopped by to see us off, although his recent back surgery doesn’t allow him to take very many drives and certainly not a “nice, long” one. 

At 9:30, we hit the road with a number of other Sunday drivers. We headed out on 79 South, winding out way through whatever the Spartan Races were at Vail Lake, the glider airport at Warner Springs and finally hitting our first target as promised about one hour in, the potty break at Santa Ysabel, where we had a choice of the three bathrooms at Don’s Market, the Julian Pie Company or the Apple Country Restaurant. Lana and Keith even had time to buy some pies at the Julian Pie Company. Then we set off up hill to Julian, which was very busy on such a summery September Sunday. We continued on 79 through Julian and south, through Cuyacama and Descanso, over hill and dale and past lakes which are a mere shadow of their former selves. After a long morning on winding mountain roads, we arrived at a freeway, I-8, but we only stayed on for a short distance and got off at the Viejas Indian Reservation. 

COTV Mystery Lunch Runs have introduced many of us to a number of new-to-us casinos over the years. They offer great parking lots for a bevy of beautiful Corvettes (in this case, parking under cover in the shade, which is very important in this heat) and big buffets with a selection of foods which will satisfy all types of appetites and dietary restrictions. September has been Chocolate Month at Viejas and there was chocolate infused beef stew or beef stir fry or “pizza” or 100s of chocolate desserts. This buffet includes unlimited beer, wine and champagne as well. Fortunately, everyone seemed to keep the long drive home in mind when ordering the last option.

Speaking of the long drive home, the Webers’ GPS said just under 100 miles from Viejas to home and for Brad and Esther, who have moved to Banning, it must have seemed like 1000 miles. We don’t know if anyone opted to reverse their course home through the hills, but it seemed most of the group took the 8 west to the 15 north and called it fair. We send our hugs, kisses and thanks to the Priebes and Clarks for an amazing day and eagerly await the next installment from the O’Briens and Lokkens on the weekend before Halloween. The bar has been set pretty high for all the rest of us who are planning Mystery Lunch Runs in the next year.

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