This was planned to be the replication of the drive the old club made each year to Starved Rock State Park in the 1990s,
the highlight of which was the stop for a group photo at the "rainbow bridge" where Old Stage Road crosses the
I&M Canal between Morris and Seneca. Despite warnings of heavy weather in the area, a dozen cars (nine 356s, one 912
and two 911s) and twenty club members and guests set out from Channahon and proceeded without incident to the bridge, where we
discovered that the road, which had been closed a week earlier when a scouting party had explored the route, was now open.
Arranging the cars for photos on the bridge was great fun but took up more time that we had planned for, and we thought we could make up some of that time by taking the now-opened Old Stage Road instead of the detour the scouting party had been forced to take. Unfortunately, that led us into unscouted territory, and we soon found ourselves both lost and uncomfortably close to the time of our restaurant reservation for lunch. A brief conference on the side of the road led to the decision to forego Starved Rock and proceed directly to the restaurant. Our table was still waiting for us when we reached the Captain's Cove. That restaurant sits on the north bank of the Illinois River and afforded us a beautiful and tantalizing view of the approach to the park along the opposite bank we would have taken had we stayed on course. We'll just have to try it again next year.
The group asssembles at the meeting point in Channahon.
Still can't get used to the drums on Doug's car no longer being purple.
Not all of us brought 356s.
Always a welcome sight in the mirror of your 356.
Arriving at the I&M Canal bridge, where we were surprised to find the road open. Let's line the 356s up for a nice group photo!
A beehive of activity behind the cameras. That's Dick Sjolund lining up the long lens after driving his 356 all the way from Solon, Iowa, to join us.
The arch on the south side of the bridge cast a refreshing shade.
Tony and Bill deep in conversation.
Jim, Jeff and Mari.
Doug and Dick.
Gerry and his Roadster.
The cars are finally lined up on the bridge. Now you don't see the drivers...
Now you do. Everyone say Hi!
Under way again after the photo-op.
Always a bad sign when the lead car is oncoming. Starved Rock will have to wait until another time.