Auburn Speedster on tour 2014

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19 May 2014 01:16 #27538 by jhcarlady
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It was a chilly morning but the sun was shining and it was a gorgeous day for touring. Today?s tour began at 11 AM and was a treat driving through Amish countryside through their beautiful farmland. There were cattle in the fields. The Amish horse and buggies were all tied up at their local church. What a site! I just got the camera out in time to catch a few of them, but is was a large gathering all tied up under the trees. We drove by a fishing hole with a mother swan and her 5 babies.

The tour was through Dynamic Aviation. They are a private company with 600 employees that do work on government and private aircraft. They inspect and reconstruct airplanes for special purposes including crop dusting and military operations. They also have flight simulators and teach pilots to use some of their specialized equipment. There was a photo opportunity there with a couple of the many planes.

Tonight was our opening banquet at James Madison University, where we had a group sing for our entertainment and a delicious meal served by culinary arts students. There was a beautiful view of the mountains as the sun set.










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20 May 2014 01:16 #27545 by jhcarlady
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This morning we crossed the Blue Ridge mountains to an area called the Virginia Piedmont, a region rich in natural resources, American History, farmlands, quaint towns and inns and numerous wineries. After a coffee stop we traveled some scenic country roads to the estate of James and Dolley Madison, Montpelier, where we saw a movie, went on a guided tour of the house, saw a War of 1812 exhibit, Madison?s temple, the formal gardens and more.

There are some pictures of the drive there and back home. Montpelier is in the process of an archaeological dig to find the site of more buildings.
















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20 May 2014 21:15 #27550 by jhcarlady
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We traveled north today into Shenandoah County where ?Stonewall Jackson?s Civil War Campaign ended in 1862. Our first stop was for coffee and apple fritters at the John Appleseed Restaurant in New Market. From there we traveled to the Historic Edinburg Mill (one of the few mills that survived ?the Burning? during the Civil war and was in continuous operation until 1979. We watched a movie entitled ?The Burning.?

Next was ?America Celebrating a Parade ?, a collection of parade floats, props and stage settings from famous parades. Followed by a walk up ?Main Street of Yesteryear ? to see fully animated department store displays.

In the afternoon we opted for a stop at a Potato Chip factory. There was also an optional stop at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. We traveled back to Harrisonburg on the historic Valley Pike that is a Virginia Scenic Byway.














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22 May 2014 01:20 #27557 by jhcarlady
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Today we traveled east across the Blue Ridge Mountains to Jefferson Country. About 42 miles into the tour we had a catered brunch. Following the brunch we drove to the famous rotunda on the campus of the University of Virginia.

We continued driving to Monticello, the primary home of President Thomas Jefferson, who started building Monticello when he was 26 years old after he inherited a large amount of land from his father. Jefferson designed Monticello. We watched a movie, toured the first floor, basement, grounds and gardens, museum, and cemetery. We could not take pictures inside the house.

It was threatening to rain today, but we only had a very few drops. Top down day!






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22 May 2014 13:40 #27560 by Joel
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Awesome pictures! Now I'm really getting envious.

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23 May 2014 02:57 #27563 by jhcarlady
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We again traveled up the Blue Ridge Mountains. The highlight today was a 32-mile drive on the famous Skyline Drive, which is a National Scenic Byway that runs 105 miles north and south along the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park. There are many overlooks that offer views of the valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The spectacular wildflowers and azaleas were in bloom.

We were served a delicious buffet for lunch at the Historic Mimslyn Inn. Since we were early, we stopped at the Luray Caverns Car and Carriage Caravan Museum before lunch. They have a fabulous collection of authentically restored cars Coaches and costumes dating back from 1725 to 1941.

We enjoyed the scenic rural roads back to the hotel. We were early enough to do our laundry before preparing for the banquet, a scrumptious meal prepared by local Mennonites. There were a few people that had driven their tour vehicle more that 1500 miles to the meet. We drove around 550 miles on tours this week plus our travel here from the last meet. It is about 266 miles to our next tour in Allentown, PA. We leave at 7 AM.

Hope to see a lot of our ACD friends at the Eastern Spring Meet. We always enjoy the early bird tours, however this year I think; we may be too late arriving.










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