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Hosted by Ann & Tom Lontz

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Mystery Lunch Run

October 27, 2019

Ann and Tom Lontz have taken ownership of the October MLR over the past few years and have even already signed up for 2020. We thank them for their string of past fun and food filled Sunday drives. This Sunday was another one to add to the list.

We had 31 cars RSVP, 4 who did not make it, but 3 new ones who came at the last moment, so it worked out pretty evenly. Among the participants were some new faces. Lana brought her friend Linda. They have been friends since their school days. Norm and Ronette brought a familiar face, Eric, and his co-driver. Don Sforzini brought Bonnie McDonald for a repeat MLR. Some of our newer members were in the group: Charity and Paul Birrell, Paul Saavedra and his daughter and Anthony and Carla Thomas. We also had new faces Scott Brunoehler and Amy Berling, more Canyon Lake folks.

Since Tom had experienced a recent medical issue, he and Ann did the check-in and then met us at the destination. They had made very seasonal instruction “packages”, in the shape of a pumpkin with the instructions as the stalk, so we all got a real souvenir of the fun day. Of course, Bruce Mofford wore his Batman outfit to remind us that Halloween is almost upon us.

John and Lynn served as leaders with the Webers bringing up the rear, not a new role for both couples. Since it was a relatively short run and the roads made for mid-range speed driving, no one got lost. We formed up at our usual spot along 79, then turned on Anza and did a kind of reverse trip from our usual, through the outskirts of Temecula, then along Sage and Wilson Valley Roads, to CA 371 (but not to Anza, etc.) instead heading along 79 again and finishing at the Warner Springs Golf Bar and Grill. On the way along 79 we saw a group of very old cars, driven by folks in original racing gear from the period of their cars. Both groups waved at each other. Some of them were at Warner Springs when we got there, as were a large motorcycle group. We just took over their parking places.

We have used this location as a rest stop on numerous occasions, but not as a lunch stop. We had tables out on the deck and realized that it was actually October, as it was cooler unless you were in the sun.

Since we had all pre-ordered our lunch from a list of 6 choices, the waitresses brought our orders out in groups: all the burgers first, then the club sandwiches, etc. As always, someone will be last, but it was generally pretty efficient.

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