West Baden Springs

Saturday morning, May 13, was a beautiful morning, perfect for another drive to West Baden. Mark Roethemeier was giving us our instructions when he was interrupted by Jeff Jackson.

Jeff presented Mark with a compass and a note expressing the club's appreciation for the many drives Mark planned and led over the years. Naturally, there was a hearty and well-deserved round of applause.


Then we hit the road to Boonville and beyond on IN 62.

New members Bob and Marie Donnelly were waiting to join us on the drive at Gentryville.


Across the tracks and away we go.

We turned eastward on IN 162 and wound through...


...  a lush, green Lincoln State Park.


More tracks, a minor bump, and our long line of Porsches sped on.

We made a pit stop on the outskirts of Holiday World. With such good weather, it was a great time to visit and take in all the beautiful machinery.

It's always interesting to welcome new members and to see new cars on our drives. From left to right you see Bob Donelley's GT3-RS, Mitch Deep's Carrera GTS, and David Skelton's Macan GTS.

From here it seemed like a quick drive to IN 145 and across I-64 toward Birdseye.

Temptation, thanks to the State Highway Department. From here, it was all twists and turns through the woods. 35 MPH was surely just a suggestion.

Finally, we skirted Patoka Lake on our way into French Lick and West Baden.

A wave to French Lick's hotel and casino, and we made our way to West Baden Springs.

The brick drive forces you to slow to enjoy the grandeur of the West Baden Springs Hotel and its gardens, all very pretty in the late Spring.

Drive participants (from left and across the back) Jerry Jindrich, Gary Stroud, Rick Davenport,  Bob Donnelly, Mitch Deep, Rich Gustafson David Skelton, Mark Faris, Jeff amd Debbie Jackson, Wayne and Linda Parks, Phil Green, Mark Roethemeier, Larry Vandagriff and Dale Fatland. Front row: Rosie Stroud, Susan Jindrich, Scott Klueh, and Debbie Vadagriff. Attending, but missing from the group photo: Cheryl Roethemeier, Linda Barth, and Marie Donelley.

Lunch at Sinclairs required many tables and allowed plenty of time for conversation.



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