West Coast Challengers took to the highways once again to cruise the back roads of the Southern California region in the club’s “Country Roads Cruise.”

Club members met up early and after a short meeting to discuss the route and the days’ events, we rolled out to explore the small apple community of Oak Glen, CA. Here, apple orchards abound and small country stores can be found around almost every bend.

As the club worked its way up the mountain and through the back roads, a track of dense white clouds chased a single canyon downhill. The wonderment of watching the clouds roll through this canyon was almost majestic and had everyone in awe. It was liken to watching an avalanche happen right before our eyes.

We did find a stretch of road where, traffic permitting, where we planned to pull the cars over and roll out each one for a great highway photo opportunity. Everything fell into place just perfectly, right time, right place, and the pictures came out terrific.

As chance would have it, the very canyon this track of clouds decided to roll down, happen to our first stop of the day. This put up right into the thick of it causing the sun to hide, the temperature to drop and viability to diminish.

Still, our first stop at Oak Tree Village allowed the club members to walk around and enjoy the fresh mountain air, window shop for a bit, and even see some Alpacas and peacocks at nearby Peddler’s Pack Store and Ranch.

Just as we were leaving Oak Tree Village, the clouds had rolled through and sun once again was shining brightly. We headed next to Rileys’ at Los Rios Rancho, a working apple farm, where the club had previously found a great meadow nearby to have a picnic and just relax for a while. Surrounded by oak trees, the meadow is shaded by the natural canopy of the oak trees causing a beautiful green pasture with cooler temperatures and rays of sunlight passing through the canopy above at points.

Prior to the event, the club had arrange for Los Rios to deliver our lunch directly to the meadow, and just as members were getting hungry, along comes a golf cart loaded with our lunches, each in a box and marked with our names on them for that unique and personal touch. Kudos to Los Rios and their staff for going above and beyond to accommodate the club and its members.

After a few hours of relaxing and lots of laughs and conversation, the members called it a day and all headed home down the other side of the mountain, taking more back roads on the way home.

This was great and very relaxing day for the club members, and one that many had asked for. No need for the hustle and bustle of preparing beforehand, like with a car show, and no getting up at the crack of dawn. We did this all with relaxation in mind, and in that regard, this event was a huge success and one that everyone enjoyed.

More pictures from the day can be found in our club photo gallery.

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