Musings & Observations - Part I

July 10, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
  • Since Thursday, July 7, I've covered eight states, probably 1500 miles, two major NASCAR tracks and have traveled all this with about 1200 of my closest MINI owner friends and have meet some incredibly friendly people...all for the love a little car.  If you don't own a MINI Cooper, you won't understand, trust me.
  • Found out that there will be 900 "Track-to-Trackers" this year, up from about 500 in 2014 which I would say is a pretty significant increase no matter what your perspective is.  And these are people from all walks of life, not just a certain demographic.
  • While traveling to the "Surprise and Delights" along these routes, the destinations are not prepared for the number of people descending upon their location.  You'd think that the local chambers or business groups would plan for this...then again, they might not care.
  • Have made three spontaneous decisions since Friday...first was to abort plans to drive directly to Atlanta and instead went to the Tail of the Dragon, essentially located in Deals Gap, TN...11-1/2 miles with 211 twisting turns.  Second spontaneous decision was to follow a group of MINIs thru some residential streets in Jackson, SC when a traffic jam occurred with over 200 MINIs converging on the town of about 300 who had a arts & crafts festival going on in the town square at the time.  Police were not too pleased.  We covered some beautiful backroads with this detour.  Third spontaneous decision, well not so spontaneous was to go rogue from Charlotte to Richmond with my Canadian friends and meandered through North Carolina and Virginia roads without any pressure to be somewhere at a specific time.  A nice easy paced day.
  • Met the young man who is getting hitched to his partner in Vegas when Mary and I renew our vows later into the trip.  Had a great time talking with him, his best man and Craig Hardy and his daughter. 


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