no puzzles or brainteasers to solve about finding the correct route. Plan on answering a few questions along the way; after all, this is a “gimmick” rally and you will need to show that you were actually on the planned route and were also awake. Mark your calendar now and plan on joining us. Keep your eye on the club website and Facebook page for any last minute changes. Specific starting and ending points to be announced in next month’s Driveline. Questions anytime to Jim Evans at 630-858-8192.
2010 Secrets of Jo Daviess
Here’s information on hotel and restaurant arrangements for the Secrets Tour to be conducted on June 18 – 20. Our destination point for Saturday’s drive is the bustling metropolis of Viroqua, Wisconsin; up north there a ways. We’ll get there with a drive through some of the familiar areas in SW Wisconsin (yes, Potosi Brewery) and a nice run along the Mississippi River. Found some new routes in the hills I think you’ll like. Again this year the emphasis is on driving, lots of on-theroad time. But there will be some special stops at a wind farm (where they grow wind?), a brewery, a special cheese store and a Mississippi River lock and dam.
Repeating the hotel info for Friday night, if you attend our reception and/or the Yellow Creek fish fry: Primary hotel; Country Inn and Suites, Stockton, IL, 815 947 6060 - Variety of smoking and non-smoking rooms. Block of 17 rooms with either 2 Queen or one King bed. Smoking rooms can be deodorized. Rate is $92 plus tax, ask for MG Club block. Block expires May 18Secondary hotel; Baymont Inn and Suites, Freeport, IL (20 miles east of Stockton on US 20.) 815 599 8510 All non-smoking rooms. Block of 12 rooms, 3 W/King bed and 9 W/2 Double beds Rate is $70 plus tax Ask for MG Club block. Block expires May 18. IF BLOCK IS FILLED, ONE ROOM IS FREE, RECIPIENT DETERMINED BY LOTTERY DRAWING.
Hotels for Saturday night: Primary hotel; Vernon Inn and Suites, Viroqua, WI, 608-637-3100 800-501-0664 website; www.vernoninnandsuites.com, All nonsmoking rooms. Block of 15 rooms with a few King bed and rest 2 Queen. At time of visit there were 21 rooms available for that night, but could get block for only 15. Rates are $65 for one person and $70 for two persons Ask for MG Club block. Block expires May 18. This hotel looks plain on the outside, but has large nicely equipped rooms and a heated indoor pool.
Secondary hotel; Hickory Hill Motel, Viroqua, WI (about 3 miles south of primary hotel) 608-637-3104 877-637-3104 website; www.hickoryhillmotel.com, Non-smoking rooms. Block of 10 rooms, all W/Queen beds, Rates are one bed $58, two beds $68. Ask for MG Club block. Block expires June 5 This is an older strip motel, but is clean and well maintained.
Saturday night dinner: Firehouse Restaurant and Lounge, Viroqua, WI, As the name implies it has a firehouse and fire fighter theme. Owned by local volunteer fireman. Large facility. We will be seated in a smaller room to have a
“place to ourselves”. There is a large parking lot in the back so we can park the cars in a cluster. Great selection of specialty beers. We had dinner with them, staff is friendly, service very good and the food was excellent.
I’ll be doing my usual slide show at the May club meeting. Hope you can join us.
June 23-27, 2010
It’s northeast this year to the NAMGBR convention! MG 2010 will be in Belleville, Ontario. This convention is relatively close, only 650 miles. The convention dates are June 23 – 27. Five couples have booked their hotel already. We are staying at the Comfort Inn in Belleville. The hotels seem to be filling fast. We will be caravanning as usual and we would like to have you join us.
We have planned an itinerary to the convention. We will leave from the Lincoln Oasis on I-294 on Tuesday, June 22nd. The plan is to drive to Sarnia, Ontario the first day. Sarnia is about 5 ½ hours from Chicago and roughly the halfway point. The hotel in Sarnia is the Harbour Front Inn. Their phone number is 800 787-5010. Room rate is $85 Canadian with an AAA/AARP membership. The next day we will travel to Belleville.
While in Belleville, we have signed up for the Loyalist Wine and Cheese Tour, The Loyalist BBQ dinner on Thursday, plus the Awards Banquet on Saturday. We plan to take advantage of some of the self-directed tours on Friday and have dinner together.
The event web site is www.mg2010.com. The registration form is there to download. You do not have to be NAMGBR members to participate so all MG’s are welcome. Early registration ends on April 15th. You can register after that at an additional charge.
Another twist to this year’s convention is the need for a current passport. The Canadians will let us in, but you need a passport to reenter the US.
Let us know if you would like to join us for an excellent adventure.
See you on the road!
-- John and Ann Schroeder