Vets Run IX

The weather cooperated (yes, at this time of year, it is fair cool in the morning), lots of sunshine and a darn fine route developed by two members of SLTOA. We had 23 people/15 cars participate this year, launching from our starting point at Sunset Overlook, west of Columbia on Bluff Road, for a river crossing and drive through historic Ste Genevieve to Chaumette Winery.

The portion of the route from Sunset Overlook to the Modoc-Ste Genevieve Ferry was all in the flats and incorporated the standard stop at Fort De Chartres. Once we crossed the river and cleared downtown Ste Genevieve and I-55, the terrain picked up quite a bit…let’s just say the drive to the winery was energetic and quite scenic. Afterwards, the majority of the participants enjoyed a good meal and undoubtedly some vino.

Details on the drive will appear in the December issue of Exhaust Notes. Our thanks to all who came out and contributed to this year’s vet’s support organization, the Gary Sinise Foundation.

The traditional start, with piper Dave Massey playing the service hymns.

2021 Vets Run: Haze Gray Underway

Okay, okay, it’s a commercial ferry so it’s not exactly “haze gray” and the underway portion lasted about 10 minutes, with the crossing of the Mississippi from the Modoc, Illinois, landing over to Ste Genevieve, Missouri.

Anyway, if you’re inclined to join the St Louis Triumph Owners Association and reps from a number of other local car clubs this coming Sunday for the annual Vets Run, this is a view of one of the components of the route that you’ll get to enjoy. The second photo shows the end point: Chaumette Winery, down by Ste Genevieve.

We’re meeting at Sunset Overlook on Bluff Rd (west of Columbia and south of the “Red Roof” Shell station) at 10:30 AM, with a planned 11:00 AM departure. The drive should take about two or so hours and we’ll finish up with lunch at Chaumette. If you wish to join us, please do; you will need $15 in cash or check for the ferry crossing. Y’all come out!