The Tour began with exceptionally beautiful weather at 9:30 AM just west of Boyertown. Eleven cars all headed west on route 73 and consisted of Adam and Eva Ilnicki, Dave Johnston, Tom and Jaimee Rippert, Jeff Rose, Mark and Janet Singer, Louise Story, Dick and Sandy Suffredini, Bill and Evelyn Webb, Lee Wesner, Pete and Nancy Yaskowski and Curt Yocum. Turning onto the back roads, our group twisted and turned though some of the finest scenery that eastern Pennsylvania can offer passing close to the Bear Mountain ski area and along the Amish farm fields near Kutztown on the way to Hawk Mountain.
All seemed to be almost too perfect until the Ilnicki's beautiful and recently purchased closet queen TD decided that she needed a bit of coaxing to be back out in the main stream of things. Luckily, Adam was able to schmooze and re-assure her (see attached picture) on several stops during the tour and, along with the help of a new fuel pump and some fuel line from Dave J. and Dick, she made it the entire way without becoming a trailer queen.
After a short visit to Hawk Mountain's visitors center and a nice hike to a few rocky outcroppings on the mountain edge we sighted a few Turkey Buzzards and some fine vistas. Actually, most hawks migrate in late September and October. All departed Hawk Mountain at about 1PM and the convoy of MGs meandered along the peacefully beautiful Maiden and Saucony Creeks on the way back to Kutztown University where we gathered for some pictures along with Mike Keeney, an MG enthusiast who met up with us for the pictures and joined us for a late lunch at the Kutztown Tavern. A fine lunch was enjoyed by all.
After lunch, the clan headed back through some more hills and farm country to the Singer's house, just west of Boyertown, for some late day fellowship, desert and refreshments. A very fine day scooted by fast and came to an end at about 7 PM with all departing for home.
- Mark Singer