2 months, 1 week ago Denise Donley
Cars from 5 states will travel the Great River Road
73 twenty-five year and older cars from 5 states and 49 Iowa communities will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Great River Road system from October 3rd -5th. Traveling the Upper Mississippi River as part of the 18th annual MotorMemories fall vintage vehicle tour, the Great River Road Ramble will start in Hastings, MN and finish in St. Charles, MO.
Running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, the Great River Road was created by Act of Congress in 1938 and is designated as a National Scenic Byway. It is not a single road as its name might suggest; as every state bordering the Mississippi River has its own segment of the Great River Road.
The tour kicks-off on Wednesday, October 2, with a gathering dinner at the Onion Grille in Hastings, MN. Touring begins Thursday and continues through Saturday. The tour concludes with a dinner at the Lewis & Clark Boathouse in St. Charles, MO.
The tour schedule is:
* Thursday, October 3rd - Hastings, MN to Prairie du Chien, WI with a lunch stop in Winona, MN
* Friday, October 4th - Prairie du Chien to Burlington, IA with a lunch stop in Savanna, IL
* Saturday, October 5th - Burlington, IA to St. Charles, MO with a lunch stop in Hannibal, MO
The MotorMemories tours had their beginnings as the MotorIoway 1000, an Iowa Sesquicentennial celebration in 1996. It became an annual event, and has now evolved into multiple vintage vehicle tours each year. Tours are open to any licensed, insured motor vehicle manufactured in 1987 and before. Additional tour information can be found at www.motormemories.com.