This photo I selected from the site “Unsplash” perfectly depicts the dismal and dreary day we have and it is a great vintage shot of an old Olds. The classic car enthusiasts, who were looking forward to today’s Cruisin’ Downriver event, are now no doubt at home catching up on chores or reading a good book as I write this post. The incessant rain, 60-degree temps and gusty 25 mph winds have prevailed since the wee hours of the morn and will continue through early Sunday.
Last night, I shut down my computer after sending out the blog post about the upcoming cruise. It was already well after dark and I heard alot of street noise. Worried at first, I soon realized the cruisers took to the street. They probably saw Saturday’s soggy forecast and figured they’d head over to Fort Street and join their classic car comrades. I guess the police didn’t interfere, because long after I heard the clock’s midnight chimes go off, there were still some revved-up engines and the occasional snorty-type noises those classic cars make. Missing were the squeals of tires and delighted onlookers, and, of course, the vendors and bands were absent as well.
Today and tonight’s events have been cancelled, and the only official activity that took place was the Parade of Mayors, wherein the mayors from each of the four cities which participate in the cruise event ride in a mini convoy of classic cars. I guess no one volunteered their bright and shiny baby as this year the mayors rode in police cars.
Hopefully the inaugural “Ponies in Park” collection of classic Mustangs will convene for next year’s Cruise. Meanwhile, the grass and flowers are happy, but everybody else … not so much.
[Image by photographer Neil Thomas at Unsplash]