Ladies Can Drive, Shop and Dine – 2006

By Patti Door & Linda Walton

On waking up on Saturday, May 20, it was a little dark to the west and definitely windy. This was the day of the club’s first Ladies Only driving event. We were to meet at Walmart at M5 and Pontiac Trail but I assumed our attendance might be down because of the weather. As it got closer to 11:00 A.M. the sky had cleared, but the breeze said to throw a jacket in the car.

I got into Flyello and drove to the site with maps in hand, hoping for at least 10 cars because I knew this date had many conflicts with graduation parties and weddings. Upon arriving I only saw one Porsche in the lot, but soon we were up to eight and almost one of every year model and color. Peggy Goldberg proceeded to give out funky black and white visors with driving-related stickers on them.

The waiver was signed by all; soon it was time to check our wallets, then we warmed-up our engines and felt our adrenaline rush as we revved engines and slammed into gear, headed out of the lot on our hour tour.

As we traveled, I took the lead and Linda Walton took the rear. We traveled toward Milford via back roads. We found ourselves sharing the road with several groups of Harley riders. I am sure that we could have stopped and chatted and maybe exchanged rides, but we did have a reservation at Gravity for lunch and shopping afterward — so it was only a fleeting thought (must stay on task).

The high point for Suzanne Gilson was that Michael entrusted Turbo to her. The high point for Linda Walton was the ability to take advantage of a situation, she knew she would never have this chance if Michael was at the wheel; so she thrust down on the accelerator and whipped by Suzanne. This was the highlight of Linda’s week.

Lunch was wonderful and we really appreciated Gravity opening for us that day. With the drive and lunch done we all hit the shops and about 4’oclock departed for home. It was great visiting with some new members and we decided we would make this an annual event, probably in the early fall. You’ll want to be part of this fun time. You might even get a chance to pass Linda Walton on the road.

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