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|09-20-2010 08:07 AM|
Bunches were taken and promised, with lots of wonderful groupings.
(btw - didn't you want a black hood? I coulda brought one for you.)
|09-20-2010 08:03 AM|
|09-20-2010 06:31 AM|
Bob, Sharon. and I had a good time this weekend, in Winterset. Cool old bridges. Sunday dinner was excellent. Loved the museum. Still waiting for the waiter at the cafe' yesterday breakfast, to take my order. The rain didn't hold us back. I don't know about the Jeep 4 wheel drive part. Need some skid plates, on my smart.
Took 169 home last night, nice drive. Very foggy. Some Amish girls wave at us on the road last night. Every little town got a kick out of our little car. It's electric. Dale and Gay almost hit a couple dogs on the highway. Very very foggy till we hit Mo. Went from 51 degrees in Iowa, to 87 degrees and sunny in KC. Had to wash all the mud off my smart, before it went in the garage last night. Have part of Iowa on my driveway.
It was fun to see all our friends from the Nationals there. Meet some new folks too.
Will post some photo's tonight. Again thank you for putting the weekend together.
|09-20-2010 04:37 AM|
Where the Photos @ ?!?!?!?!?
|09-19-2010 08:42 PM|
Fannum, a big Thankyou and a job well done. This was a fantastic and informative weekend. Mary and I had a wonderful time meeting all the MO-KAN Smarties and some new Iowa Smarties as well. Thank you again Bob.
Buzzz42......(Larry and Mary)
|09-16-2010 03:42 PM|
Leaving for Winterset tomorrow
Leaving for Winterset tomorrow
While we'll have some rain, none of the events are really outside ... covered bridges, remember! Even the Saturday AM farmer market has canopies.
I cannot emphasize how friendly and accommodating the folks have been from the Chamber of Commerce, the museum directors, restaurants, bakery, and especially the hotel manager. We're looking at about 20 cars, and are breaking even. Anyone coming last minute is welcome ... just look for the yellow smart with yellow wheels and the guy with a loud tropical shirt and straw hat.
Let me know last minute names Thursday night as I'm gone in the morning. My cell is 816-943-0060, and may not work in all parts of Madison County, but look around the CoC.
1130 Lunch at Montross Pharmacy lunch counter on square
3P Historic farm/barn tour 9 miles north on US169
530P Dinner at Northside Cafe on square
9-11 Coffee, fritters and muffins at CoC on square
11 Guided tour of Bridges of Madison County
1P Family style Sunday dinner at St Paul Lutheran
Cheers and enjoy, Bob
|09-11-2010 04:28 PM|
One week update
One week details - Madison County Iowa Bridge and historic farm visit 9/18-19
We're in the last days the MoKan smart car group's visit to Madison county, and we'll make it a visit to the heartland with links to the heritage that made our country great. Plus, plenty of the tasty and nutritious food that satisfied our youth. The forecast is great, we'll have smarts coming from up to five states, and will meet lots of new friends. The Sunday family style afternoon meal will be arranged with lots of time to get to know each other. It is important that I get a head count for the Sunday meal by Tuesday, Sept. 14. If you DIDN'T get a verification email by now and are attending, please let me know. (If you'd like to attend but can't stay for Sunday, or the meal, or need a special diet, let me know and we can work it out,)
With so many coming from widespread areas, I'd suggest not doing more than informal convoying, but I wholeheartedly have enjoyed my recent trips along US169 and other small back roads. There is an entirely different America traveling off the Interstates, with no fast food, gas stations without brands, little or no traffic, and more American flags than I see in town on patriotic holidays. I'd suggest taking part of your trip on these roads ... at least an hour or so, far outside the cities.
Our main emphasis will be on the Sunday tour of the historic covered bridges, and life long resident Glenna Finney (who used to walk to school over the Roseman bridge!) will tell us how they were such an important part in building our stream filled nation, (and if asked, will tell their place in Hollywood lore.) Following, the 'kitchen crew' of St. Paul's Lutheran church will prepare us delectable platters of Pot Roast, Chicken and all the locally raised fixin's ... not exotic or spicy, but just solid comfort food. Then we'll present you with the terrible choice as to whether you're going to linger with good conversation and an irresistible variety of home made pies and cakes, or squeeze in a visit to the Winterset attractions before the trip home.
Those coming up early Saturday will be able to enjoy the town square farmer's market (which draws restaurants from many miles), and stay to shop at special sales in the varied stores around the square. As an extra temptation, the town has their annual yard sale in many households. While there last Tuesday, my cousins gave me luscious, sweet cantaloupes which I made last till Friday! Remarkably, while the recession is evident, the full store fronts show Iowan optimism doesn't listen to the evening doom.
Most importantly, there are easily dozens of worthwhile attractions around town and the nearby county, for which our group has arranged paid admission. John Wayne HAD to have been born in such a place of solid American values, and the not to be missed Historic Village at the Madison Museum is like stepping a hundred years into the past. Madison county is full of variety. You can visit trains, planes, balloons and all types of horse drawn contraptions, or explore the prairie before we arrived and as George Washington Carver learned to shape it. And a learn about a US President who probably should have been.
Those of us wanting to experience an early century soda fountain and luncheonette will visit the Montross Pharmacy for chocolate malts with fries on the side. Then you have the option about 3 in the afternoon of visiting a 150 year old farm which is still being worked by a cousin, and the original 1880s barn and many of the original buildings have been lovingly preserved by a true enthusiast and friend. In the evening, the place that all the local groups meet is the Northside Cafe, as well as that Eastwood guy. Good home cooking.
So, verify that you'll be coming and we've been able to keep the cost to $30 a head, which will cover the Sunday meal, bridge tour, admission to Winterset attractions,
snacks, fees and incidentals. (All extra proceeds will go to local activities.) I'll be at the Super 8 Hotel Friday night with bags, tags and details, and around the square Saturday AM in the yellow smart, loud shirt and straw hat. Sunday, everyone will meet at 10 or so at the Chamber of Commerce on the square, which will be opened so we can get coffee, juice, apple fritters (Winterset is the proud home of the Delicious apple!, and these are made to order by the corner bakery) and traveling needs. Call me on my cell any time at (816) 943-0060. In difficulties, check in at the CoC for aid.
For more details, check the SCOA forum at https://www.smartcarofamerica.com/for...50/index2.html, especially the 8/29 update. Or don't hesitate to check with me.
Thank you for the chance to get to know my family and kin better.
I look forward to seeing you in a week, Bob Storck
|09-09-2010 08:51 PM|
Your email address in the note creates the question.
Cheers and look forward to seeing you both, Bob
|09-09-2010 08:20 PM|
Please count us in
So the wife says "and tell me again WHY you haven't already told them we're coming?!?" So, I'm late (as always) Laura and I should be there for Saturday and will be there for Sunday for certain. (If I'm not late again. Of course.)
|09-08-2010 09:59 PM|
So far, we've heard from Larry and Mary from Des Moines, Dale and Dawn Gruis from Indianola, Art and Blake Kistler from Iowa City, and Rusty (whose last name I need) from Des Moines.
I'll send out an update tomorrow with a few more details learned from my visit there yesterday, and we have plenty of room for more at this time. Please send my your email for my update distribution. [email protected]
We'll have a tour of a 150 year old working farm with restored original barn at 3PM on Saturday, and the bridge tour at 11 on Sunday, with the family style meal following at 1-130. We'll have smart owners from five states, and several Winterset folks joining us for dinner.
Cheers, Bob in KC
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