By Nicole Goldman
28 cars signed-up for the Sam Houston National Forest driving tour organized by Lone Star Region PCA member Jeff Yanko on Saturday, February 17, 2018.
This Sam Houston National Forest driving tour was a perfect way to enjoy driving without the hassle and guesswork of planning it yourself. We met at the Speedy Stop service station, located at the junction of 45 North and FM 3038 in Conroe for the sign-up and drivers meeting. No early start, no competitive stages, and everybody had their own detailed tour map.
The LSRPCA driving tours are group driving events on public roads with a socially relaxed flavor. Driving on country backroads is a lot of fun, but they are public roads and there is a speed limit to honor. We also do that for safety and to show that our Porsche driving tours are responsible and therefore very welcome wherever they are held.
The tour started with a visit to the Chennault Flying Tigers Academy in Conroe, Texas. “Mo”, the Operations Manager of the Academy and Museum welcomed us. He told us about the history of the Academy, the beautiful old airplanes displayed and used in WWII, and about their pilot education program.
It was very interesting and we could even try out the flight simulator!
One of our braver members, Katherine Van Landingham, took the pilot seat in the CFTA flight simulator and after a short time aloft, she brought her plane safely back to the ground. Bravo!
After visiting the Academy and Museum, we split up into two groups of 14 cars. Group 1 got a 10-minute head-start on Group 2 to prevent long lines at the halfway stop. It was overcast, so the beauty of the surrounding countryside was a bit grey but still beautiful. We stretched our legs after driving 90 minutes.
As we continued our tour to Lake Conroe turning onto FM 3090, there was a big traffic sign that said: “Drive carefully, since January 1st, 2018 there have been 6 motorcycle deaths on this road”. That piece of road was indeed a bit like the Twisted Sisters outside Fredericksburg but more narrow and uneven.
This was a fun half day tour. Despite the weather which turned out to be not too bad we even ended the tour in Lake Conroe in the sunshine.
Jeff’s lovely wife Debbie welcomed us to the parking lot of the Waterpoint Shopping Center in Montgomery, Texas and guided us to the reserved parking spots especially for the LSRPCA tour attendees in front of Jeff and Debbie’s Calyx Floral Company. That is where the tour officially came to an end and where the fabulous group photo was taken by Jim Ray.
Jim and Wendy Ray volunteered as the sweep car in Group 1 and Roman Korpus and his Mom volunteered as the sweep car in Group 2. They both did a fabulous job keeping the groups together. We didn’t lose any car on this tour. Thank you!
About 40 participants stayed for lunch at Fajita Jacks. We sat down at 3 long tables with wonderful camaraderie and like-minded drivers. We drank Margarita’s and beer and ate together as good old friends.
Don’t miss the fun of driving your beautiful Porsche and spending time with your fellow Porsche members. Believe me, it is a great group of people you really can connect with.