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We Met at KOHL’S at 9AM

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Mystery Lunch Run

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February 25, 2018

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Bruce “the Bat” Mofford was the Lone Ranger in charge of the February MLR, making the arrangements, leading the group and trying to keep a bunch of 30 cars and somewhere between 50 and 60 crazy COTV-ers together. He did all this without written instructions so we had to keep our minds focused on following the leader.

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It was still cool at the meeting place, so there were plenty of COTV jackets on display. Of course, some guys wear their shorts unless there is snow on the ground and we are not sure that would stop them either. The group consisted of the “usual suspects” – some newer members like Al and Nicole Villa, Steve Ryan, Leo Biller and Mimi La Fleur and some folks who were members in 2005 and are hopefully considering rejoining, Harold and Kathy Stephens. Lana Jenkins brought her friend Maureen, but since many of us cruised with her last Fall, she is not a stranger.

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Unlike many past MLRs, this one stayed more local, meandering along Redhawk and around through many of the Temecula neighborhoods. If you live in Temecula, you probably realize how large it has grown, but if you don’t the size is mind-boggling. After we left the more residential area, we headed over to and then up Rancho California Road into the winery area. We drove on private roads, up and down hills, then on more familiar roads like Anza and De Portola, then looped back to Rancho California again and up to E. Benton. After about an hour of this tour of Temecula far and wide, we found the road changing to State Street and we stopped for our final oral instructions, which led us right into Hemet proper and the lunch stop at Bruce’s favorite restaurant, Applebee’s, at Kirby and Florida. The Lontzes were happy as it was only a 5 minute drive home for them, a major first.

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At the meeting place Bruce had given us a “specialty menu” showing our 7 lunch choices, all priced at $12 per person and including chips & salsa, soft drinks, tip and taxes. So all we had to do was give our order to “The One and Only Wendy” who was the waitress for the whole group (although she got some help when the food starting rolling out of the kitchen.) Juan, the manager, assisted by collecting the $12 tab. The menu choices seemed to provide something for pretty much everyone.

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The drive was a little shorter than some due to the local flavor and many of us got home earlier than usual, which is fine. It gave us a chance to warm up, watch the closing ceremony of the Olympics and get ready for the week to come. Thanks for your hard work at making this a fun day, Bruce.

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