We love Autumn. We love driving. We love driving with friends.
We especially love Autumn driving with friends.
We did just that Sunday past.
Some of our favourite roads and a few squiggles we weren’t familiar with were thrown into Google maps, a last minute invite was posted onto Facebook and before you knew it a cruise was happening.
It never fails to awe how a machine can bring people together as the automobile has managed to do, for over a 130 years.
Our unlikely cast came from all walks of lives. Quite a few decades separated the youngest from the oldest . Several of us have only known each other for a few weeks, and most only met that day. Yet when you throw the love of cars and driving into the mix any differences quickly faded into the background and a bond instantly solidified.
It is perhaps ironic that in an age where there seems so much strife due to differing political, religious, and social values the attack on the automobile is at its height. Maybe rather than attack car ownership we should celebrate it, and encourage driving events, and car club membership to bring unity and fellowship.
Okay so admittedly we’re romanticizing a bit and straying dangerously near politics but the point is, it’s pretty cool how a machine can bring folks together. Heck, for all its importance to society you don’t hear about refrigerator clubs, or refrigerator meets do you?!
Enough words. Here are some pretty pictures.
The route snaked up and down the Niagara Escarpment in southern Ontario between Burlington and Orangeville. Whether weaving your way up, flying down, or approaching from a distance the escarpment provides a brilliant backdrop at this time of year.
Despite the ‘seat of our pants’ planning that was employed in organizing the cruise at least some effort was expended in choosing the route. Some roads were hit from the direction providing the best driving experience, while others were approached with the best view in mind.
The route took us through a number of quaint towns and hamlets including Limehouse, Glen Williams, Terra Cotta, Cheltenham, Boston Mills, Inglewood, and Belfountain where we stopped for coffee and some treats.
A big thanks to everyone for making it out, it’s always more fun cruising with others, we appreciate the company.
This coming Sunday October 28 Frontseat Driving will be hosting yet another cruise, this time in the Niagara Region.
Expect a great variety of rolling country roads, tight winding technical driving, riverside and lakeside views, several waterfalls, and along the entire route a beautiful autumn backdrop. We’ll stop for lunch and drop into a couple of wineries worth the stop even if you aren’t a wine drinker. We’ll roll through many small hamlets, and towns and stop to explore several unique neighbourhoods along the way.
A very special thanks to Larry Strung not only for all the car photos seen in this article, but also for the great company in the Fintail. The best backseat driver Frontseat Driving has experienced yet! You can reach Larry at Larry.firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll leave you with this beauty – perfectly curated with autumn themed paint and a rolling ribbon of asphalt behind it.