Black Bart Tour of April 26,27 and 28 is now history. The El Dorado Group
#130 was well represented by Bud & Judi Lewallen, Howard & Judy Madison,
Leonard & Peggy Brewer and Marie and I.
to Jackson was a pleasure and the hotel and event folks made us feel
welcome. Some of us enjoyed a gourmet dinner next door at Denny’s the first
morning at 9:30, we received our marching orders and maps and embarked on a
tour of the Mother Lode, including a kiln where they produce new pottery and
antique blacksmith shop with an attached machine shop. From there, we
stopped for a photo opportunity (each car and occupants were framed
individually in front of an old gas station). We then proceeded to the
Pioneer Hotel for a box lunch on the lawn. The hotel no longer is in
business but the owners opened it for our group.
an unguided tour of the foothills (unguided because some of us got lost). As
far as I know, everybody got back to the hotel safely and are not still
wandering around places like Railroad Flat, Mountain Ranch, etc.
Saturday night banquet was held at a nearby facility. The food was good and
the entertainment superb. Besides a good band, the entertainment consisted
of one of the hosts calling out the raffle ticket numbers, then trying
several innovative ways to get the loud and distracted crowd to listen for
their ticket numbers so they would realize they had just won a prize. She
was very creative in overcoming the challenge of getting the attention of
the several hearing-challenged and many hyper-conversationalists in the
crowd. It was a hoot!
I happened to be listening when she called the number on one of the tickets
Marie had bought me, and I won the two volume set of “The Flathead Ford V8
Engine Album”. It appears to be well put together with lots of
illustrations. I was very glad to get it. Peggy, Judi and Bud were also
winners of some nice prizes. The next morning, we traveled south on #49 to a
very good brunch at the Pickle Patch in San Andreas, then said goodbye and
drove back home.
weather was perfect, there were very few mechanic issues with any of the
cars, and there were a number of beautiful ones participating, something
over 40 having registered.Our group agreed we would happily do it again!