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November Miatas for Breakfast

photos by Winkler/Haff

Rally Master Dave Winkler was gassing up when we arrived at the meeting point and not long after that the Schumachers arrived with their top down (someone forgot to tell them that 40 degrees is cold or quite possibly they were getting acclimated for their Thanksgiving trip to Chicago.) Then in rapid succession the Wilmoths and the Nicholls arrived.

Dave had a nice little map prepared with three different routes, blue, pink or yellow and along with the map he had prepared, turn by turn directions, that were handed out at the Navigator’s Meeting. After some discussion the pink route was selected by the Goldilocks method, i.e. blue was too short and yellow was too long, but pink was just right. The route included a windy circuitous course through an older Augusta neighborhood that was littered with traffic calming measures and beautiful trees that were stubbornly holding onto their colored leaves.

Unfortunately Dave did not have a navigator and about midway through the neighborhood a brief period of creeping and pausing resulted in a u-turn to get back on track. We made it the restaurant to find two Miatas waiting on us. The Haffs and the Garners were already inside and had the staff put enough tables together to seat ten. But our 9, plus their 4, meant we needed to drag another table over. Just about the time we got that in place, prospective member Ralf Wilms arrived and we had to steal a table for two right out from underneath a couple as they were finishing up.

Our waitress was marvelously efficient and attentive to all the calls for coffee and the food was the always good Sunrise Grill fare. From personal experience I would stay away from the Caribbean Pancakes, sometimes four items that sound great, when fixed together, don’t come out that great.


10 Years Ago This Month – November 2000

Walk in the Woods

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2000
Time: 7:00 AM
Place: South Carolina Welcome Center
Members Attending: Brian Bogardus, Donna Bogardus, Kurt Breitinger, Tony Cappucci, Judy Creer, Carol Haff and John Haff.

Karen Breitinger, one half of the event organizing team, had another thing to attend to, so she sent husband Kurt in her stead. Carol Haff, the other half of the organizing team, brought her better half as well as a guest, Don Patterson.

Brian & Donna were going to meet everyone in front of the Stoplight Deli, the proposed after-walk food stop. Kurt had never been to the Stoplight so when he got to Laurens Street in Aiken, he zigged instead of zagged and parked on the south side of Richland Avenue. Brian & Donna could see them about a 100 yards away and it was easier for them to go there instead of the others coming their way, so that’s what happened. This actually made it a shorter walk to the start.

After registering we all headed down into the woods to the start line. The fall leaves were great. A couple of weeks ago we drove all day to get to northern South Carolina to see the colors, this weekend the peak beauty had moved south almost perfectly in time with our event. Next year maybe we should save the drive. I’m not so sure the horses would appreciate sharing the paths with Miatas.

The event was billed as a 1.2 mile fun run/power walk. There were a lot of elementary school kids in for the fun run. They were going for prizes depending on the total for a school or something. At the start gun, the fast five took off into the woods with the pack. Brian, Donna and Judy struck with the back group at a pace that could be described as a meander.

There were no awards given out to individuals for this event (that is why it is called a “fun” run,) but the 5.4 cross country runners got cool trophies of a genuine Hitchcock Woods pine cone under a glass dome.

When we were done we were still two hours away from the opening time of the Stoplight Deli, so instead we headed to south Aiken and the Best Bagels & Deli to satisfy our exercised enhanced appetites.

Leaf Peeping Pics

This is the best picture of Georgia Stonehenge….

I can hear "Also Sprach Zarathurstra" already....

Since I stopped at the carwash IN THE DARK on the way to Cracker Barrel, a clean close-up of the attendees’ vehicles is in order:

Leaf Peeping

Today was the annual trip to the mountains to view the fall colors. When I emailed a reminder to the membership, I remarked that Donna and I reserved the right to cancel the event if there weren’t at least two other cars going on the trip. So guess how many showed up? Right, two, David Schumacher and the Garners. Should have picked a larger number. There were two other Club couples at the Cracker Barrel eating breakfast too, but they were in OTMs on their way to Florida to view the Caribbean from a large boat instead of dying leaves from a small car.

We had a route planned that went north and west in Georgia, ending up in Walhalla, SC for lunch before turning around and returning south and east in South Carolina. Because Larry & Rita had never been to see the Georgia Guidestones just outside of Elberton and we were going right by, we just had to stop. The trouble with our plan was that we had built in too much time for rest breaks (it probably would have been just right if we had twice as many cars and the temperatures had been 15° warmer like they were supposed to be), so when we got to I-85 and about 20 minutes from Martha’s Marketplace Cafe, it was only 10:30 AM. An adjustment was made to the route that was to take us on a loop northwest to Franklin, NC before coming back into Walhalla.

We were now in the mountains and the fall colors were nice, but noticeably past peak. At a break in Clayton, GA with traffic on four lane US441 heavy, the clock past noon and the distinct possibility that the scenery would not improve we made another adjustment to the route. Someone pointed at the GA map and said, “What’s that little gray line heading due east towards SC and route 28?” GPS’s and Smarty Pants phones were consulted. It was called Warwoman Rd. I said, “Let’s go. I’ve heard Miata.net chatter about that road. And it was good.” No one complained about the lack of fall color on this stretch of the trip. As Larry put it later, “All I saw was a white line on my right and a double yellow line on my left.” Once we got back in South Carolina on Rte. 28 we hit a sweet spot of altitude and chlorophyll-less-ness making the show out the side windows quite nice for about 15 miles or so.

Lunch in Walhalla at the Brian & Donna Pre-Approved Dining Spot was very good. The only negative was the service was slow, but I got the feeling that everything that happens in Walhalla happens slow. The trip home was uneventful and because we traveled about 50 miles less than we normally do on one of these excursions we got home in daylight and at a decent time for dinner at home.

November Meeting Minutes

Where: Little Mexico Restaurant in North Augusta
When: November 4, 2010
Who: Bill & Bonnie Baugh, Brian & Donna Bogardus, Larry & Rita Garner, John & Jackie Nicholls, David & Autumn Schumacher and Patti & Rudy Wilmoth.

  • TREASURER’S REPORT: $1,374.42

    1. Past Events:
      1. On a chilly October morning the monthly Breakfast Event attracted 4 people in 2 cars.

    1. Upcoming Events:
      1. Brian and Donna will be leading the Leaf Peeping rally. Drive starts at 8:00AM Saturday the 6th from the Augusta Cracker Barrel (I-20 Exit 194.) Optionally, join them for breakfast there at 7:00AM.
      2. November’s Breakfast will be arranged by Dave Winkler. There are no details on the web page yet, so the Secretary will call Mr. Winkler and remind him of this obligation.
      3. Rudy & Patti have agreed to host the Club’s annual Christmas Party. It will be Saturday, December 11th with a start time of 6:30PM. Planned dining will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and Patti will email the group at a later date to see who will attend and what they will be bringing.
    2. Due to the recent access and speed issues with the free web host we were using the Executive Board decided that being the first class club we are, we deserved a first class web host. We purchased the domain name mastersmiataclub.com and three years of hosting from GoDaddy.com and the new site should be operational by the end of this weekend.
    3. New business cards with the new web address will be forth coming. Keep using the old ones for now, as the mastersmiata.uphero.com site will be redirected to our new domain.
    4. Patti said she would look into finding a spot for a December Brunch to replace the usual 3rd Saturday Breakfast Rally.
    5. Our previous name badge supplier is no longer in business, so Bonnie agreed to try and find another. A chance for a redesign maybe.
    6. The CD under the windshield wiper as a Club advertisement may still become a reality as an option to the business card.

    1. The Schumachers will be attending the Miatas in the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas next May and suggested that if anyone else was thinking about attending this great event, should probably register soon as it is limited to only 120 cars.

The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted:
Donna Bogardus
Club Secretary