Well, the tour is over and we made it home safe and sound. We happened to have won the long distance award driving the longest distance to get there in the T, no trailer needed. For those of you who have not been to the Covered Bridge Tour, the views are spectacular. The roads are not only twisty and winding but bring back visions of the old times and what they might be like. I have to admit, I felt spoiled by today's modern comforts during the trip. I joked that I now understand what it must have been like to walk uphill both ways to school. The weather could not have been better either. The best thing by far of the trip was the people we met. The organizers did an incredible job setting up and running this tour. They were the epitome of down home hospitality at its finest. A few times I found ourselves at the back of the pack due to picture taking events. It was always a comfort to know they "had our backs". The people of the area no matter where we went were gracious and accommodating. It was also fun to meet someone from the club at one of the stops and chat about the club and cars. By the way, on the way there we made the newspaper. I guess they must not have had much news that day. When we stopped for breakfast we got swarmed by people looking at the car and calling friends and family and the news editor came by and took the pictures and wrote an article. He got the info from the website of the tour. In the article I noticed it must be a time difference because he mentioned we came through on Sat. but it was actually Friday our time. Thank you to everyone we met for making our first Bridge tour a lot of fun.
This was our 4th time on the Covered Bridge Tour and we've enjoyed every one very much. There are several things that make this tour great:
The covered bridges, of course.
The wonderful roads, many of which are gravel. (This is no place for a show car - "driver" cars are best).
Visiting the Amish stores: Their leather shop, the boot store, the cheese store, the grocery store and the variety store, including talking with the Amish.
Visiting the Wallace Model T Garage - a "must see" for any Model T'er. The Model T garage is owned by Nick and Thelma Ellingwood, and the modern Model T garage across the street is owned by Evan Cork. I'd like to stay and set up shop right there! Oh, and the restaurant up the street in Wallace is great too!
Convenient camping at the Parke County Fairgrounds is very nice for those of us with RV's. There are many Motels and B & B's close by too. The Fairgrounds is a nice place for the tour headquarters and we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.
Last, but most important, is that the host club, The West Central Indiana Model T'ers, work so hard to make this tour so good. Excellent tour instructions, great food (yum), and I could go on and on, but you get the idea.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped put this tour on.....we'll be back again!
I agree The Club does a marvelous job of organization. The back road routes are both interesting and very safe for slow speed Model T's. The folks are gracious and friendly. great time In town Beverley's for eating and the Thirsty Six for a drink are great.
Camping is a great idea. We stayed at the Econo Lodge for 69 a night very nice