A recap of the 2023 run.
The Reliability Run has usually enjoyed fair weather with a few memorable exceptions, and this year ran true to form. The mornings were a little chilly till the sun broke through, the rest of the day was sunny and pleasant. Friday's starting point for the run was once again Farmington Motorsports, and the staff did a great job of having coffee and pastries ready for us, and plenty of space to park the cars while we prepared for departure. Their assistance in getting on the road as a group was also much appreciated. Ready for the Off! The 16 cars on the Run were divided into two groups running about 15 minutes apart, the idea being not to overwhelm the facilities at the pit stops en route. This worked well over the three days. Both groups were under way a few minutes behind schedule but in the end arrived at the hotel in good time. With 245 miles to cover, the route had to be fairly direct, and so we travelled from Farmington to Litchfield on routes 4 and 118, picking up CT route 341 after passing through Bantam for an easy run to the New York state line and on to Amenia, a frequent stopping place on tours that head towards New York. The next stage used some picturesque county roads to take us towards the Hudson River crossing which used the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. Traffic through the Kingston area was fairly light and we were soon into the Catskills on NY route 28. The two groups met up at the lunch stop in Phoenicia at the Woodstock Brewing Company.
Traffic through the Kingston area was fairly light and we were soon into the Catskills on NY route 28. The two groups met up at the lunch stop in Phoenicia at the Woodstock Brewing Company. The weather had been steadily improving and the afternoon stages enjoyed mostly sunny skies as we travelled up into the hills around Andes and Delhi, dropping down to run alongside the Susquehanna River between Unadilla and Sidney and then over some hill and dale county roads through farming country to our destination, the Hope Lake Lodge in Virgil, NY. One of the main rules of the Reliability Run is that once the cars are parked up for the day, refreshments and food should not involve any further driving. The Hope Lake Lodge staff made sure we did not go to bed hungry or thirsty.