I'm glad to say that I've been to all three of the Bullfrog Runs. Besides the nature of the event, it is special to me now because the first Bullfrog Run was also my first ever event that I attended with the THMMC. So even though my MINI adventure started in February, the running of the Bullfrog always feels like the "anniversary" of when I started with the THMMC.
So, on to this year's event. As usual, we started out at the Lowe's on University Parkway off Hwy 52 in Winston-Salem. When we arrived (I rode in with some SS members) we discovered the Lowe's was really busy. Everyone getting started on their spring planting I guess. It was one of the first really nice weekends we've had around here in a while. Of course, this led to quite a bit of gawking as seems to happen whenever you get MINIs together. The funniest point was when some guys rode by in a PT Cruiser and as they were pulling away, yelled out "Buy American!"
That does remind me of something. I think it was last week on my way home from work I slid in behind another MINI on the Interstate. As we were cruising along, I started thinking that MINI must be one of the few cars on the road that whenever people see two together, they think it is a convoy. Whether the people in the MINIs are actually traveling together or not. But I digress.
I think we left the Lowe's lot with 32 MINIs. Actually, this year we split into two groups - the *ahem* super spirited group and the spirited group. I went with the super group. We headed up Hwy 66 (which I hope we can one day get dubbed "The Bullfrog" ala the Dragon or the Snake or Hellbender) for some awesome twisty roads, before catching Hwy 89 and Hwy 8 back down to Hanging Rock State Park. Scared myself at one point when a curve caught me by surprise and in my haste to "catch up" with the direction I should be going, the MINI got all out of sorts. Felt like the rear stepped out just a bit on me.
As noted, we ran on up to Hanging Rock State Park. Upon our arrival, we discovered the spirited group had already arrived (they took a slightly different route). We ended up with 36 MINIs lined up in the lot while most of the members enjoyed a picnic lunch (while a few talked MINI). I was expected back at home, so I didn't get to run with a few of the club members up to Orchard Gap (but I did that last month with a small Sunday Slider group). Instead, followed a few down Hwy 8 back into W-S and then back home.
As usual, a great day with MINI friends and some excellent motoring on twisty roads. And, I finally felt like I put together a decent mix of driving music (which I usually just listen to on the way to and from the runs - during the runs I usually keep the radio turned down (the better to hear the tires!)). I'll actually post the list:
|Dirt||Death In Vegas||Dead Elvis||Dance & DJ|
|How You Like Me Now||Heavy||The House That Dirt Built||Rock|
|Life Is A Highway||Tom Cochrane & Red Rider||Mad Mad World||Classic Rock|
|Hey, Soul Sister||Train||Hey, Soul Sister||Pop|
|Living Dead Girl||Rob Zombie||Hellbilly Deluxe||Rock|
|Personal Jesus||Johnny Cash||American IV: The Man Comes Around||Country|
|Steam (Live)||Peter Gabriel||Secret World Live||Rock|
|Take Me To The River(Live)||Talking Heads||Stop Making Sense||Pop|
|Percussion Gun||White Rabbits||It's Frightening||Alternative Rock|
|California Love||2Pac, Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman||The N.W.A Legacy, Vol. 1||Hip-Hop/Rap|
|I Am The Highway||Audioslave||Audioslave||Rock|
|Run Runaway||Slade||Get Yer Boots On||Rock|
|Peace Frog||The Doors||Morrison Hotel||Rock|
|Forever Autumn||Jeff Wayne;Paul Vigrass;Gary Osborne||War Of The Worlds||Pop|
|Killing In The Name||Rage Against The Machine||Rage Against The Machine||Pop|
|More Human Than Human||White Zombie||Let Sleeping Corpses Lie||Rock|
|Lightning Crashes||Live||Throwing Copper||Rock|
Sorry, not taking the time to link 'em all. It is quite a bit of new music for me. Best buy of the lot imo was Percussion Gun. Really likin' that.
Anyway, as usual, there is a photo gallery for the event. Next up will be a run I'm leading - Covered Bridge Run 2010 in a couple weeks.