Monday, June 6, 2016

Mid-Summer Thunder Cruise 6-5-2016

Friday afternoon we were ready to go to VA BBQ in Fredericksburg, VA and the weekly cruise….but….the rain beat us there…..

Saturday afternoon we were ready to go to the monthly Pep Boys Cruise in Fredericksburg, VA….but….the rain was coming and 3 different weather sites said massive, severe thunderstorms were due at the cruise around 5PM….so we stayed home….it never rained!
Sunday the same 3 weather sites said more severe thunderstorms were due in Colonial Beach, VA…..the destination of our yearly cruise to Jim Stills private 1954 Ford museum and the picnic hosted by Jim and the Colonial Beach Cruisers.  Our group, Cruisin For Heroes, was running the cruise so we had to follow through with it….even with the impending doom of the storms since it was advertised as a rain or shine event.  Last year we had 45 cruisers show up to begin the adventure….this year we had Tom in his blue/white ’56 Chevy & Lester with his very red Vette but the rest of the small group had daily drivers….because….it WAS going to be a stormy day.
Six vehicles left the start point in Fredericksburg to begin our uneventful 33 mile cruise to Jim’s museum while all the time we kept a sharp eye out for the armageddon of thunderstorms the weatherguessers said was going to set upon us soon.  The sky looked blue in places?  We could actually see the sun occasionally?  I began to wonder if we were driving in an alternate universe because the forecast just wasn’t working out….again
We arrived at Jim’s and everything was set up for a bunch of people…..but because of the weather only 5 people from Colonial Beach joined in the picnic.  Jim & JV had the games set up and people began testing their skill at the lifter toss, flywheel spin, push rod drop, piston ring toss, piston & rod toss and finally the blind driving contest.  They had enough pizza for a horde of marauding Mongols….so we had to help make it go away!  Please check out the pictures & video to get a flavor of what goes on at Jim’s picnic….
Around 2PM our little (8 people) started the short cruise to Wilkerson’s Seafood Restaurant.  It’s the only restaurant in Colonial Beach that serves a buffet, and a buffet is what we need when we had 90 people like last year….this year, not so much.  We all ordered off the menu and were pleasantly filled with local seafood.
Soon it was time to break up the party….some went back to Colonial Beach to visit other friends, others went different routes so the Princess and I had a nice restful cruise back to Stafford….  No rain all day!

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