Mixin’ and minglin’ on M-85.


While it may not be as exciting as “getting your kicks on Route 66”, today all the local car enthusiasts either took to the streets, or their camp chairs, to soak up the sun and ambiance while the classic and vintage vehicles rolled down M-85.

Yup, today was the annual “Cruisin’ Downriver” event.

Downriver residents have learned something in these 18 years since “Cruisin’ Downriver” began. If you have to drive anywhere, ensure you stay clear of Fort Street, once the cruise begins at approximately 10:00 a.m.  However, while 10:00 a.m. Saturday is the “official start time”, actually the cruisers have been out since Thursday night.  Last night they revved up their engines, burned rubber and whooped it up ’til the sun went down – maybe even longer.

I had an errand before I went on my walk, so I was out of the house by 8:00 a.m., and, as I pulled onto Fort Street, some cruisers were already up and at it.

This picture above isn’t Yours Truly tooling around in my Buick, just in case you were wondering. I was not so chic and glam in my tee-shirt and pants, and, I had not donned cat-eye shades nor a chiffon headscarf either.  I hurried home and had my own buggy tucked into the garage before I could become part of this annual traffic jam, which was much worse this year since Fort Street is the primary detour for the River Rouge Bridge project.

So, where else can you and several hundred thousand “friends” watch the El Caminos, those classic ponies a/k/a Mustangs, the occasional Model T, modern vehicles, plus all the huge semis that are diverted from I-75, all rolling along, neck-in-neck, down M-85, the official name for Fort Street? The cruisers travel through the cities of  Lincoln Park, Southgate, Wyandotte, and Riverview.

From my driveway, I could see the parade of vehicles going along Fort Street, but did not join the car buffs, opting instead to head to Council Point Park. I was way overdue for a trip to the Park, having only garnered steps from running up and down the stairs with the handyman, or traipsing around running errands; other days I was housebound, hampered by rain for several mornings.

Since I arrived later than usual, and saw no familiar faces from the “early crowd” (including squirrels), I finished off my loops in record time. I saw a soccer game in progress as I was crossing the parking lot … I didn’t stay to watch though as the sun was high and it was getting mighty hot by then.

A pair of small planes pulling square banners about automobiles, kept circling overhead and they continued their relentless circular journey the entire time I was walking. When I got home, they were still circling, and, as of this writing, I still hear them buzzing nearby.  The hum of the planes, and the drone of the cars on Fort Street sounds like a gigantic swarm of bees.

My walking has taken a big hit during the month of June, and today I was dismayed to discover I’ve driven two more miles than I’ve walked thus far in 2017.

My mantra going forward: Must drive less; must walk more!!


[Image by Jill111 from Pixabay]

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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8 Responses to Mixin’ and minglin’ on M-85.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    I think I heard those airplanes at 7 oclock this morning until 7 o’clock this evening. Very annoying. The drone of the cars will go until dark.


  2. lindasschaub says:

    Those airplanes and their constant droning got on my nerves bigtime … I didn’t realize they finally stopped because I kept hearing the other noises from the cruise all day and into the night – it was very annoying and hard to concentrate. I never heard the band playing – the planes and cars made too much noise it blocked it out I guess.


  3. Cathy Brabant says:

    It just wasn’t as much fun this year. We cruised in our 1963 Lincoln Continental, but didn’t stay long at our usual spot.


    • lindasschaub says:

      I did not know you guys had a classic car Cathy – I agree with you that the cruise lost some of its pizazz this year. I read in the “New Herald” that it was suggested they cancel it since they lost some sponsors – I don’t think WOMC was present this year and I think they attracted a lot of people to the different sites along the cruise route where they were broadcasting. It likely will be the same next year unfortunately until that Rouge Bridge project is complete.


  4. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………………..that is shocking news that your little car has put on more miles than your feet have………………………..


    • lindasschaub says:

      I was shocked too Ann Marie – I walked about five miles yesterday and now am over the car miles again, and hope to keep it that way – I wanted to be at the halfway point for miles walked (to beat the year before which was 754 miles) by halfway through the year – I will try my best but only have this week to do that little goal. I wish the weather would stay nice and cool like it is now.


  5. Yes I remember the chiffon scarves…..and we had an aqua car that colour in the 60’s!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Glad it brought back fond memories for you Joan! I still have one of those small chiffon scarves you kept in the glove box if the windows were down … I used to use it if I tied my hair back. Now I use it if I am out in the yard working in the sun to preserve my highlights as it is light as a feather on a hot day.

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