Diary - Day 33




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Day 33 Monday June 13th Watkins Glen NY – Baskings Ridge NJ


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After a coffee and bun at the Chieftain we went downtown Watkins Glen to discover even more breakfast provided at International Motor Racing Research Centre. There was an excellent library, ephemera and great old film footage including Allards, XK’s MG’s and Maseratis racing.
Dropped into Smalleys’ Garage, got stickers from a souvenir shop then hit the road at 09.50 and a hot 88F(31C).


The official route looked far too complicated so we selected the SR17 fast to Hancock and then to drop down and run along the Delaware River. Just before mid day we had the Myers convoy just in our sights at Binghampton when they mysteriously bore right onto I 81 – we discovered later that the route became very bumpy and despite Satnav they got lost several times – lesson, they had not attended the earlier drivers briefing!
Next Route 97, a designated Scenic Byway along the Upper Delaware, proved to be a real gem with cracking views and great motoring of the up hill and down dale sort. Callicoon, Minisink, Hawks Nest, Pond Eddy, Port Jervis then onto Sussex, Hamburg, Stockholm 93F(34C), Newfoundland - some were strong clues to the wealth of history and settlers origins. The river was brown with the recent rains and we observed rapids, rafting, fly fishing and swimming along the banks.


In fact we had not seen many Mogs after the Myers convoy other than Jones’s, Miles’s and Norwood’s refreshing themselves at various points en route.
The arrival at the hotel was a challenge as the instructions were not clear (read misleading) but enquiry at a friendly trim shop saw us pull into our final resting place The Olde Mill Inn at Baskings Ridge, and our base for the next three days before we leave.
Charlie Miller’s mobile brewery was more than welcome!
I feel it best to draw a veil over the frustrations of many in finding our hosts that evening at Mendham; suffice it to say streets had verge mounted marker posts, the Fire Station was definitely not the right No 18 and in fact the Cundy/Cressy entourage found three other 18’s before striking gold!

What a gem of a find it was with an excellent repast, plenty of drinks and a very friendly atmosphere with Morgan’s packed in both front and back yards. To cap it all in the Carriage House (a misnomer perhaps Palace) a Supersports, XK120, Rolls Royce and Jaguar MKV all in pristine condition. In fact one could have eaten off the decking of the four post hoist platform. Sincere thanks are due to Bart & Mary Hunter for such a splendid evening and being such excellent hosts.
Somehow retracing our steps to Olde Mill Inn seemed easier after dark!

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