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Steve and Sue - a Big 5 Star Rating to both of you. The Candy Store and Bear Cat Properties have the same venue, but are quite different. The Packard Dealership building and the wonders of the past are truly wonderful.
It was so nice to wander around with camera in hand, taking time to savor and decide which of the magnificent classic autos I would like for myself (only one, of course). For me, it was the "Delahaye".
Then lunch alongside the tennis courts. No Black Tie here. Just the best sandwiches, drinks, chips and fresh air with lots of talk. There you are...just perfect. Back to the bus and away we go.
Now at Bear Cat Properties there were American 1920's automobiles on one side of the building, the other side contained mostly foreign race cars, sedans,convertibles and some motorcycles, Jags, Porsches, open wheel racers and much more. All of this and not just a look-see and camera clicking. The owner of all this machinery is there with the best dialogue on each and every classic and special interest item there - 100 plus vehicles - American brass and nickel era automobiles to vintage foreign. My wife, Patti, wanted the jet black Porsche Spider convertible to drive home. The owner has such in depth knowledge of all his automobiles that you just know this is his life and on going passion.
Now, onto the buss and how to get to the correct freeway?! John Pritchard to the rescue and up to the front of the bus and close beside the lady bus driver.
John: No,don't turn here.
Driver: Where now, John.
John: Just a short distance and turn left. Then turn left again, and then a right. There's the freeway entrance and in many miles, here's Hwy. 80.
No GPS for this fellow, he still has a working mind and that's for sure.
The Angels are now close to starvation (must have food). Swing the bus into Logan's Roadhouse parking lot. The starving Angels spring from the bus and are herded (escorted) into a private dining room, that's spotless floor to ceiling. There are one gallon buckets of shelled peanuts on all the tables. In just 2 minutes, the buckets are empty and the peanuts into the mouth and down the gullet with a 1/2 inch of hulls on the floor and a continuous roar from the Angels "More peanuts!" Good food and very best of service.
Back to the bus and on to Grass Valley. Who would want to take a drab bus trip to anywhere? Well, most likely no one. But, they need Steve and Sue as bus management systems. You end up on a land yacht pleasure voyage. Steve and Sue are the best of the best...Great trip! With Steve up front with a complete bar at hand. You name your poison and here comes Sue down the aisle. Sue with a brew, that is true, drink in hand and not a drop spilled. Time and again, back and forth, Steve kept the vessel tipped and the libations poured. Then Sue on the march again with cookies, candy and chips and the best to say to one and all of us.
Again, the very best of bus outings and an experience to remember. Thanks again, Steve and Sue!
Story by Richard & Pat G. • Photos by Bev G. and Ruth H.
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