I WAS INSPIRED by Stefan Walther and Larry Funnell’s stories of their private small-group Muskoka drives, so myself, together with three Muskoka residents and Porsche friends and spouses — Nick and Sue Nicolaou, Don and Diane Burwell, Greg and Elizabeth Boehmer, Michael and Adrian Green — all from Windermere golf club in Muskoka, decided to organize our own Muskoka fun run to view the fall colours.
The route was plotted by Don Burwell and was a mini version of Larry’s run. On Saturday, Oct. 3, one 911 4S, one Boxster S, one base Boxster and a Cayman met at the junction of Brackenrig Road and highway 118 just outside Port Carling in a convenient parking lot. The day was overcast and cold, only eight degrees Celsius, so a bit too cold for top-down driving!
We turned on to Falkenburg Road and continued to highway 4 where, after a little jog, we went left on High Falls Road where we went past a Mazda Miata club on its own fun run in the opposite direction with about 15 vehicles — with tops down! One of our number was embarrassed by this and lowered his top until the lunch stop.
we went left on High Falls Road where we went past a Mazda Miata club on its own fun run in the opposite direction with about 15 vehicles — with tops down! One of our number was embarrassed by this and lowered his top until the lunch stop.
Another jog down highway 11 took us to highway 117 enroute to Baysville and our first stop at the Robinson’s General Store in Dorset. Due to COVID restrictions we had to queue for about 10 minutes to get inside. We joined highway 35 for a short drive to our designated lunch stop at the Moose Cafe in Dwight, where amazingly we were able to get two tables for lunch. We then proceeded on highway 60 to Huntsville, which was absolutely hopping with people and cars — must be leaf-viewing season! Then on to highway 2 Brunel Road to highway 10 and a right turn towards Port Sydney and across highway 11 again to highway 141, onto Windermere Road and back to the start. Overall run time was about three hours.
The fall colours were nice but not spectacular, since they were past their prime by about one week due to the cold snap in Muskoka in early September. Still very nice to get the P-cars out in their natural environment and enjoy a great drive before we put them all to bed for the winter. </>