We had our “Mystery Cruise” to the beautiful Lake Casitas that took us through the mountains, freeways and back roads on a very sun baked, 8o degree, California day. We started off at our normal spot and picked up some of the group on our way. I have Pepe under repair so I rode in Bob’s smooth riding roadster. I am a roadster fan on days like today. We enjoyed the scenic drive, snapping photos along the way, not knowing where we were headed. The leader had given us instructions in case we got lost but Bob kept up with the leader and a couple of hours later we arrived at the Lake. You have all heard on the news about our water shortage and a quick glance at the Lake brought it back to our attention. The Lake is down 40-50 feet and looks like a big mud puddle. Mother nature needs to help the lakes and water supply out or we are going to be in real trouble. Entrance to the Lake is $10 a car but you can turn in your voucher for a credit on your meal at the Marina Cafe. We were the only ones in the place and surprisingly, the service and food were excellent. I ordered the ham steak special and the ham on the bone filled one complete plate (no oatmeal today). We enjoyed the trip discussion and soon we were on our way back to our homes. Some of the group went down the coast highway and Bob, Steve and I went to the ocean to see Steve’s new boat (ship). I love the Ventura Harbor and all the boats. We wound around through the harbor and soon were sitting on Steve’s back deck looking at the magnificent yachts parked in the harbor. I am particularly found of the restored old wooden boats and Steve showed me one parked next to his. In my next life, I will own one of the beautiful creatures and learn how to pilot them around the harbor.
The temperature climbed as we left the harbor and soon we were cruising the farm lands and valleys of our beautiful area. We arrive at my house and unpacked the car. My wife brought us some water and we set back and recapped the day. Yes, a ride in a roadster on a day like today beats anything I can think of. (Don, we were thinking about you.)
Thanks Bob for your leadership and I look forward to the next “Mystery Trip”
The hills are all green from the recent rains which made the mountains look fresh.
The orange trees are in full bloom and we were passing them for a long period of time. Our leader let us know when to turn off to another unknown back road.
Bob drove his roadster and I rode shotgun with my camera. We have our hats tied on to keep from losing them.
Steve has his freshened up sedan on the tour (first time) and seemed to enjoy the drive to the lake. This is a primo sedan.
Our banker paid the entry fee for all of us and we stepped out of the cars for a much needed stretch. The flamed 40 has a lot of history and is the last Eddie Martinez’s 40 upholstery job. Steve maintains the car so that it is always spotless.
The lake has plenty of parking which is a prerequisite for our trips but not always possible.
The Marina Cafe was a very warm and cordial spot for brunch. This part of the trip is where we really get to know each other and learn of the latest tales in the Hot Rod world. Good looking group.
Dick built this one in his garage in the 80’s and it looks brand new. Wescott body and Deuce Factory chassis make it a true winner.
John’s 29 is also an older build but looks fresh. He drove it over 7000 miles during one trip back east last year. Note the buggy spring suspension.
A completely different build style by two similar aged builders show the varied interest of Hot Rodder’s. The Jag Bag rides like a late model Lexus.
The Hot Rods looked right at home at the Yacht Club with lots of lookers while we were parked and taking the boat tour.
If you can afford it, you need a fully restored “woody” yacht like this beauty.
Your view off the back deck is breathtaking. I think you could park your Deuce hiboy on the deck of this one.
The other half also returned on the coast highway with the blue Pacific rolling against the vibrant blue skies on the horizon.
First time on the Roadster Boys trip, Steve’s 40 sedan was a hit with everyone. We hoped you enjoyed the trip and will join us again real soon. Thanks for the boat tour.