A lovely, sunny morning greeted the first of the Mustangs to arrive at Spotlight, Melrose Park, ready for the start of the Treasurer’s ‘Stretch The Legs’ Run to Victor Harbor.
Departing at 9.30am, we headed along the Southern Expressway and on to the Victory Hotel where we met up with the southern group. From there it was on to Normanville for a coffee stop. If you’ve never done the drive along that coast road in a classic Mustang, you’ve missed a fabulous opportunity as the views are breath-taking! (It’s a great drive for interstate or overseas visitors, too.)
We arrived in Normanville and those more enthusiastic members who didn’t mind the long weekend crowd and a 20 minute wait ordered coffee. For others, the lure of an ice cream (eaten rapidly to beat the sun’s heat) proved too great a temptation.
We regrouped at 11.30am in Normanville and, taking our time due to an annual Triathlon, headed towards beautiful Encounter Bay for lunch. The drive from Normanville to Encounter Bay was enjoyable, not least thanks to minimal traffic, given the early morning road closures that had been in place in Encounter Bay.
Some of the group enjoyed lunch at Pa’s Place or the Yilki Deli on the seafront in Encounter Bay while others made their way to central Victor Harbor. After lunch, the promise of Afternoon Tea at Bracegirdles in McLaren Vale meant some cars re-grouped and headed back to Adelaide. Once again, we were pleasantly surprised at how light the traffic was on the trip back to town, though it did seem that many had stopped to pick strawberries at the new-look Strawberry Farm in Mt Compass.
One of the day’s surprises was the noticeable rise in temperature as we descended Willunga Hill and arrived in McLaren Vale. It was a mild and overcast 21c when we left Victor Harbor and we were greeted by full sun and blue skies, with 30c, in McLaren Vale! Rumour has it several members double-checked their cars’ heater hadn’t malfunctioned.
If you’ve eaten at Bracegirdles you won’t need me to describe the enticing chocolate delicacies. The group managed to devour refreshing milkshakes, coffees, cakes (and I even saw a Hot Cross Bun) in a fitting end to what was a wonderful day. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the event.
Vanessa Garcia – Treasurer