8th Annual MINICooperIowa Fall Tour — Saturday, October 9th

The much anticipated 8th Annual Iowa Fall Tour will take place on Saturday, October 9th. Hosted by our good friends over on the MINICooperIowa Yahoo! Discussion Group, this event is always well attended by EIM and by MINI enthusiasts hailing from all across the State of Iowa.

The rendezvous happens at 11:00 am for lunch in Fairfield, IA at the Pizza Ranch (located at 1103 West Burlington Ave). From there the caravan will follow a scenic route though the countryside, enjoying the fall colors and stopping at several locations for photo opportunities and other fun. The annual adventure will conclude with dinner at Honey Creek Resort at Rathbun Lake.

The detailed itinerary is available after the jump (more…) below.

Our buddy Daryl (NAM Handle “deanman”) is making personalized MINI buttons for attendees who’d like to have one. Don’t hesitate to pop over to NAM and send him a PM with a picture of your MINI to get your button.

As always, sign ups are appreciated and can be made using the EIM Event Calendar Entry link. You can also join the preparatory NAM discussion over at our companion NAM Discussion Thread.

One of the last opportunities of 2010 to get out and do some quality MINI motoring while taking in the spectacular palate of Iowa autumn color, and October 9th should be close to the peak of color. Hope you can make it!


11:00 amFairfield. If you have time before lunch, check out the HUGE mural on the side of the Sondhiem Art Center, downtown at 200 North Main. Lunch at 11:00 am in the private MINI room at the Pizza Ranch: 1103 West Burlington Avenue.
11:50 am — Head out on our Fall Adventure, the 8th Annual!
12:15 pmStockport. Youngest of the Villages of Van Buren County (1902).
12:35 pmBonapart. “Smallest Main Street” community in the U.S. Be alert for horses and buggies! You are supposed to ask permission before photographing the Amish.
12:45 -1:05 pmBentonsport. Our first stop. We’ll try for a picture on the 1882 bridge and/or near the 1885 church.
1:25-2:25 pmKeosauqua State Park. Let’s hope for great fall colors! The Buckskinner’s Rendezvous will be fun, too.
3:00-4:00 pmEldon. The folks at the American Gothic House are expecting us.  Spirited driving alert after we cross the river!
4:30 pmDrakesville. The only town in the world with this name. Devon, at the Quick Time convenience store, is expecting us to make a rest stop here.
4:50 pmMoravia. There is a BP station just outside of town. We will briefly stop here.
5:15 pmHoney Creek State Park. Enjoy the colors by the lake
6:00 pmDinner at Honey Creek Resort

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