Wow! We got two reports in last night, one with a phone call from Paul Harrison, you said Mondays ride was a fantasy perfect day, on glass like water with just a bunch of folks out having a blast!
And thank goodness, one from Chris and Julie Bullen with photos and some copy. Here is the report.
It’s the 30th year for the St John’s river cruise. Yup the club set up to preserve the old classic boats are themselves old classics. After a very snowy winter up in the north country (many of us know it’s still very much winter up there) we left the great white north in between snowstorms. Drove all the way to Charlotte NC. A 15hr day to avoid potential freezing rain in the morning back in the mountains.
We made it and can take some big warm Florida air breaths, Its very calm and warm down here, ahh ! worth the crazy drive. This year’s weather has chased a bunch of boats south – 27 are on this cruise, 3 all the way from Ontario.
That’s 80 people to keep in line, feed and keep happy, not sure how they do it every year – Guy and Laurie are true champs.
Due to hurricane Matthew, a few things have changed, fuel stops and the Crab shack is no longer with us. Instead it was a delicious BBQ lunch provided by Elk Lodge volunteers at their quant location on the river.
Then off to Palatka for some much need refreshment.
Everyone took off like they had an itch they had to scratch, or it was a bunch of northerners who had not been on the water in months – unfortunately that means not so many pictures today as we were too spread out.