Solstice Drive

For the past few years I have made at least one drive early in the morning around the time of the summer solstice. Today was my “annual” solstice drive. Ostensibly, I went to mail something for my wonderful wife, but…

I don’t really know why I am compelled to do this. I do seem to enjoy driving a nice car, and my 2016 Z06 more than qualifies, during times of sparse traffic. When I turned north on State Route 7 and gave the car some throttle, I experienced a feeling of joy bordering on euphoria that is all too rare for me.

However, this drive was also a collection of missed opportunities. I had many chances to take beautiful photos, mainly of the sunrise through the morning mist, but couldn’t–or wouldn’t–stop the car so I could snap a picture. As light as the traffic was I probably could have stopped right in the middle of the road, but just didn’t do it.

At a light to turn south on State Route 41 I did see a nice first-generation Monte Carlo turning north. The car had the unmistakable roar of a big-block V-8. As many of you know, I am a fan of the Monte Carlo and think it was almost always a well-styled car. Again, though, I didn’t take a picture although I almost certainly could have. Woulda, coulda, shoulda…

After we move to the desert I suspect this “tradition” will continue. Maybe I can get my wonderful wife to join me then, but she likes her sleep. Oh, from Hemmings a picture of a 1970 Monte Carlo, supposedly an SS:


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The 2006-07 Monte Carlo SS is still a contender to be the Corvette Companion/Grocery Car after we move, but is not widely available in car classifieds. We are being proactive in our efforts to move, but like everyone else we are at the mercy of exogenous events, at least to some degree.

Keep Driving!







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