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Covered Bridge Tour

Post by Oldav8tor » Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:48 pm

The end of this week I'll be heading to Parke County Indiana for the Covered Bridge Tour. For those who have gone on this tour before do you have any advice for a first-timer? My wife and I will be camping at the fairgrounds.
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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by Scott_Conger » Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:05 pm

Have a wonderful time, please! I have always wanted to participate in that tour and hope to next year.
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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by Dallas Landers » Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:17 pm

I was unaware of it Tim. Maybe I can plan on going next year.

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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by George House » Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:53 am

We’re leaving south central Texas this morning for Parke County. Hope to make Memphis tonight. Trailering the ‘26 roadster. First time for us too....
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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by john in kzoo » Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:18 am

For future reference do the tour routes have steep grades up or down for those of us with stock brakes?


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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by W Brian Jordan » Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:29 pm

The tour has a few hills, stock T does just fine on this tour. A few places that low band climb is required, since a lot of the bridges are low areas. A grade down to a bridge and then up out of the bridge. Stock brakes will be fine also, dust and gravel are our worst enemy. The majority of the bridges are on gravel roads. See you in a few days.

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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by KeithG » Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:01 pm

This tour is lots of fun. This is perhaps the most friendly tour we've been on. Getting together in the main building every day is great. And don't forget the swap meet - there are bargains to be had! We've been on it several times, but unfortunately, will not be on it this year.

What Brian said in his post above is good information. That said, a Ruckstell is nice to have on this tour for climbing up out of the low river areas after going through the bridge.

If you have a Ruckstell, take notice if the T in front of you is a heavy sedan without a Ruckstell and maybe has several adults in it. If so, you may want to wait until that car is up the hills and out of your way. I like it that way so I can go up the hills at my own speed and not wait for a slower car. Of course, the same is true if you have a Kansas City Warford with an underdrive gear.

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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by rickg » Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:23 pm

This is a great tour with a lot to see, be ready for some very rough roads they will loosen every bolt and screw on your car and dust, there is a car wash in town across from the DQ.

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Post by Marty Bufalini » Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:21 pm

This is one of the best tours we have ever been on. If I was forced to pick only one tour I was allowed to go on, this would be it.

The area is a delight, the people are friendly, the bridges are very picturesque and getting to them offers a nice relaxing route. The optional Amish dinner is not to be missed. There are always great stops: unique stores, restaurants, sights. Yes, there are some hills but nothing unusual. I've gotten some great shots of my 14 in front of the bridges. I just can't say enough about it.

Judi and I and my youngest son ( he's 33)and his lady friend are going this year.

See you there!!!

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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by Oldav8tor » Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:22 pm

Thanks....sounds like we picked a good one (newbies luck.) Our T is loaded and we leave for my daughter's Thursday - on to Parke Co. on Friday. We're scheduled for the Friday Amish dinner so that should be interesting. For those of you who are going...see you there. For the rest, I'll report how it went upon my return.
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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by Dallas Landers » Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:18 am

Looking forward to your report Tim. Have a great time!


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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by Original Smith » Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:02 pm

We went on a covered bridge tour in Oregon a few months ago. We saw five of them in one day.
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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by Brian D » Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:11 pm

Have a great time, friend! It is a great tour! Make sure to make the social time in the main building. Lots of great people! Sorry we're missing the Tour.
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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by W Brian Jordan » Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:17 pm

[image][/image]Some of the early, early arrivals went to the library and took people for rides and talked about the history of the Model t.
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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by W Brian Jordan » Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:19 pm

Sorry about the picture, 44 of the 53 got checked in today.

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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by John Warren » Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:25 am

That sure looks like fun, It's on my bucket list. How can we get some notice before it happens. Thanks all for sharing.
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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by Scott C. » Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:39 am

It is listed on the events page on the MTFCA web site.

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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by George House » Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:36 pm

First day was great fun !! Here’s a few pics from my ‘26 roadster. Corn was being harvested. Amish boy gave me permission to take his picture making silage. You know the drill - touch the upside down picture to make it rightside up
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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by DHort » Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:40 pm

See your trunk is open. Don't eat that stuff - field corn.

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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by George House » Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:34 pm

Ha !... not stealing field corn. Friend’s exhaust pack nut unscrewed. Had to retrieve correct wrench for him.
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Post by W Brian Jordan » Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:45 pm

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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by DHort » Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:30 am

Brian, stop taking pictures standing on your head. I only see food, where are the bridges?


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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by W Brian Jordan » Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:49 pm

Sorry about the pictures. After a rainy day of touring today, a concert in downtown Rockville. Sorry will try to do better on bridge pictures tomorrow. [image][/image]
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Post by George House » Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:02 pm

Wonderful 100 mile tour today along country roads lined with 8’ corn and fields of soy beans. Tonight we were serenaded by an incredibly talented Blue Grass trio on the courthouse square. See the musicians on the porch thru the T windshield. Photos by Kathy Taggert.
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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by George House » Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:08 pm

More perfect bucolic roads on which to drive our Model T s this week. Even a driver older than his Model T !! This Missouri ‘tourist’ is 97 and his touring is only 93 !! Historic covered bridges built between 1862 and the 1920 s. Supper with an Amish family includes a 9 course meal then 5 pies afterwards. A wonderful time was had by all
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Post by Jerry VanOoteghem » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:29 pm

Was an awesome tour, as always! A pleasure to meet you George. Sure hope you can join us again sometime. Also had fun talking with several other forum members. The bridges, scenery & people and second to none!


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Re: Covered Bridge Tour

Post by Henry K. Lee » Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:39 pm

With all the upside down pictures, I think you folks were down under?

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