***See Update below regarding the optional Friday “pre-skirmish” drive***
***Update #2: Confirmed with the City of Burlington that they will have Snake Alley open for us!***
It’s the time of year to start motoring! The 10th EIM Border Skirmish Drive is planned for Saturday, April 22rd. After several years of skirmishes with Minnesota and Wisconsin, the BSD heads back south for a fun incursion with our Missouri and Illinois neighbors.
This year’s BSD Route takes advantage of much of the Iowa Historic Hills Scenic Byway. The drive begins at Wildwood Park in Ottumwa. Plan on a 9:00 am or earlier rendezvous for a 9:15 am departure. First stop is at the Blakesburg Antique Air Museum, then on to Eldon and the American Gothic House by way of Unionville, Drakesville, and Floris. The route then heads along the Byway through Lebanon, Keosauqua and Lacy-Keosauqua State Park, Bentonsport, and Bonaparte. We’ll be stopping for lunch along here at a venue to be announced. Then on to Farmington and Shimek State Forest, Donnellson, Charlston, and a stop in Montrose; followed by Keokuk, Nauvoo, and capped off (with city permission) with a trip down famous Snake Alley in Burlington.
All MINIs are welcome! Please let us know you’re coming by using one of the methods below (click on the **Read More** button from the home page). There is also a link to the Google Route Map for this drive.
Special thanks to Jeff N. for planning and pre-driving this year’s fun route!