Story and Photos by Mike Blinn of The Blinn/Zuccato Team and UCR Members (from August 2017 Provinz page 34)
On Sunday, May 22nd, we were finally able to find a day of sunshine and decent temperatures to accommodate our “Erie” (but not eerie) way to start the season.
After a rainy Saturday night, we were fortunate to be able to wring the water out of 12 of Germany’s finest in order to enjoy the great drive that had been planned. We met at 9:15am at our usual Casablanca meeting spot and after signing the appropriate paperwork and handing out goody bags to all participants, were on the road by 10am. Inside each goody bag was a flashlight, compliments of Cal Balcom, who was unfortunately unable to join us that day.
On the first leg of the day, we passed quite an array of those black-and-white, American-made vehicles with “OPP” lettering on them. We think this stands for “Other People’s Porsches”. Our first stop was the Tim Hortons in Port Colborne, where many of our rag top buttons were put to good use. With many a smile and with fresh coffees in hand, we were back on the road again. The drive along the Lake Erie shoreline to Port Dover is an incredibly scenic adventure, passing by many little clusters of cottages. Reaching Port Dover, it was time for another Timmies pitstop. We were lucky to find enough parking spots among the millions of motorcycles.
Leaving Port Dover, we headed out on our last leg, a mix of Lake Erie views and a great stretch of hilly, open road that allowed us to maximize our speed (within the limit, of course). We took a moment for a few quick photos while doing the loop in Port Burwell, and then were off again to the open road. We arrived at our destination in Aylmer at 2:45pm, right on time.
A private, freshly cut lawn awaited our arrival, perfect for bedding down the four-wheeled babies for a well-deserved rest, and a great opportunity for more photos. The walk from where we’d parked to the Green Frog Tearoom was along a pathway that passed the Pinecroft artisan pottery barn. We continued alongside the five-acre pond to the beautifully appointed gift shop and tearoom, nestled within a forest. Our crew discovered that our gracious hosts had reserved the venue’s porch, overlooking the pond, as an added treat.
During lunch, a raffle was held for some Porsche keepsakes. John & Martine Holjevac won a 918 Spyder (die-cast car), Chris & Debbie Root won Porsche coffee cups, Hart & Patty Solomon won a Porsche lanyard, and Ron & Diane Schmidt won the Porsche bag that had carried the door prizes.
Rick and I would like to thank our better halves: Claire, for her administration assistance, and Molly, for her expert navigational skills. We’d also like to welcome Ron & Diane Schmidt and Brian & Kristi Jordan to our “Porsche family”.
Thank you to all that came out and helped make the Fun Run another successful day.
Safe summer travels!!!