It was a complete down-pour from the minute we left the house that morning until well into the cruise from Pacific Raceways to Port Townsend. Saturday, March 31st marked the date for the annual Achtuning hosted Port Townsend Cruise and we endured the 3rd wettest March on record with a second La Nina Winter forcing us to modify the event in the final hours, preventing us from parking inside Memorial Field. The original cruise(es) were held just as early in the year and we’ve attempted to keep that tradition going – a great way to bring everyone out of Winter hibernation just before the “season” kicks in. PTC2012 was moved back a month this year in hopes weather would not force the closure of Memorial Field. The call to close Memorial Field came in at 10am, as everyone was parking at Pacific Raceways where we made the final announcement to the cruise participants. The athletic compound is an important location for the town as it hosts events throughout the year not limited to sport related activities. We certainly didn’t want to be responsible for ruining their field but we weren’t going to let rain stop us from cruising together to benefit this year’s charity, Northwest Harvest. In total, participants donated 2821 lbs. of food and $1011.34, a record in donations since the event started 8 years ago!
A big “thanks” again to Pacific Raceways for hosting the starting point of this cruise and donating their staff to help us direct traffic out of the park. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Pacific Raceways, hosting other events, as well as begin the Port Townsend Cruise from there annually. Their lot was certainly large enough to accommodate us, they are centrally located for most, and offer easy access onto a long stretch of freeway allowing most of us to stay together for the duration of the cruise.
So we didn’t have reserved parking again… Everyone seemed to make do. There were Euros parked everywhere! Parking lots were full and Euros lined the streets of Port Townsend. We had officially invaded the town. Thankfully the rain held back for most of our time in Port Townsend so we were able to walk around and get some decent images (we think) of our visit. Hope you enjoy them and consider coming out for PTC2013!
The rest of our PTC2012 images can be found here.