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
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!