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Chuck & “The Princess” 33 Ford Coupe

 Bull Run Street Rods
Lake Anna Fall Cruise

Manassas, VA
Nov. 5, 2011

 Pictures By Charles Shotwell aka Chuck the Slacker

Saturday, our small group met at WAWA in N. Stafford and cruised 31 miles to the BK in Manassas, VA to attend the Sometimes Annual, Bull Run Street Rods, Lake Anna Fall Cruise.  The club manages this run when their schedule permits and this year it was a welcome diversion from the many shows that are filling up the schedule right before the white stuff starts falling from the sky. We are attending more cruises than we have in past years and that trend may continue for us.  I am growing weary that most of the shows are nothing more than events to fill the need of some to have constant praise of their rides in the form of trophies.  When I had the RedRat the only trophy I needed/wanted was the key to the ignition!  My car is/was my trophy.  Just living in a Country that allows me to enjoy this frivolous hobby makes me happy.  The shows do fill a social need for me though….the Princess says I am very needy in that area….so we attend a few shows.  But I really like to cruise around….taking in God’s wondrous land that he has given us to enjoy and care for.  Each season has it’s splendor but fall is the best.  It finalizes the hot sweaty summer and the beginning of cool weather and the gift of snow.  It also adds a level of excitement when driving with the leaves on the road.  Look out….is that a large leaf laying on the road or something else….like a car part or road kill or cinder block or the top of a large hole….it’s all very exciting and requires your attention.  But the scenery rolling by the windows is magnificent to behold and now since I have a co-driver, I don’t miss much of the scenery unfolding outside.  She is helping me slow down a little and actually see what I’m looking at. I also really don’t need a speedometer, the Princess always reminds me how fast I am going….and….I now have a redheaded cup holder too!  It’s all good!

After the second stop, which was for fuel at Dickinson’s store, I got a little befuddled.  I wanted to take a video of the group leaving and because of that we were the last ones out.  Being last in the lineup is a good thing for us because it gives us a photo opportunity of all the cars while we cruise around.  But when we left, the cruisers in front of us, turned left!  In the confusion of me folding up into the Princessmobile, strapping in, double locking the door and waking up the mouse….we didn’t know that everyone else turned right!  We hadn’t read the route sheet before because we were following the people in front of us.  When we realized we were going the wrong way we U turned and headed up the road….those that were in front of us also turned around but didn’t keep up….you know how that Ford of Jimmy’s is. hehehe  So we just cruised alone following the map taking in the countryside.  Since we were falling way behind, Fred the Pathfinder called to check on us but we told them we were enroute and would be there soon.  Then we got a call from Jimmy telling us he and the Olds were lost!  I don’t think Jimmy actually said they were lost but he didn’t know where he was or how to get where he wanted to be!  Hehehehehe We went back to find them and when we hooked up I took us all on a direct route to the next stop, Ally’s restaurant.  I think Jimmy wanted to get lost….he put something under the tonneau cover of his Ranchero at Dickinson’s that looked suspiciously like a box of doughnuts….and I think he doesn’t like to share much.  What happens when you’re lost stays lost!....grin  When we cruised into Ally’s parking lot everyone else was there, including the Olds?  It was the lunch stop so there was much conversation about the route we took to get there and why Jimmy had what looked like glazed doughnut parts in his moustache!  I learned a good lesson….always take my own map & GPS and carry doughnuts….always!

After the meal & fellowship some continued the cruise around the lake, some went to a local winery and some of us decided to call it a day….we cruised 46 miles home.  A truly magnificent day on the road, driving around for 165 miles while giving people something to wave at….I love this hobby.

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Thank you Chuck!





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