Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline July 2017

Secrets of Jo Daviess County Tour 2017
June 9-11, 2017

The English Invasion of Jo Daviess County
How We Conquered the Hills and Valleys

It was a rare and memorable experience to be a first timer on the weekend driving tour June 9-11 in Jo Daviess County. We newbies are regulars at the monthly meetings, and have attended a handful of curated one-day/evening events. This event, however, with over 250 miles of rigorous driving through rolling hills and breathtaking views left us with our heads reeling and looking forward to more events like this!

Ready for a Friday Fish Fry at the Route 20 Bar & Grill
The tour began Friday night at Country Inn & Suites in Stockton, IL with a porch gathering prior to dinner. 16 cars headed to buffet dinner at Route 20 Bar & Grill in Freeport, IL. A toast was made to Dan Herman and recognition to Nancy Herman who attended and distributed the traditional chocolate malt balls and orange jelly slices. After dinner, a memorial drive was conducted past Dan and Nancy’s house and a remarkable full orange moon hovered overhead befitting for the tribute and remembrance. For those who didn’t have the opportunity to meet Dan you missed a good man. He was the founder of the Secrets of Jo Daviess County Tour. After moving from Naperville to Jo Daviess and discovering great roads he wanted to share the secret with his fellow Chicagoland MG Club members. He produced and directed a tour starting in Stockton, IL. for 10 years. The tours were all different and all fun.

Lunch at Potosi Brewery.

A porch gathering after a Friday nite meal for libations, cigars and car talk.

We started out Saturday morning which included a bit of cow dodging. Dean and Keri Hickenlooper demonstrated skilled driving by averting the big black heifer that jumped in front of their car as they roared around a bend. It was a beautiful (hot) day so a cooling reprieve from the heat was welcome with a lunch stop at Potosi Brewery in Potosi, Wisconsin. Happily, Dolly (Tim and Jamie’s Dandie Dinmont Terrier) was welcomed in the beer garden thanks to the savvy negotiation skills of John Kearns.
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