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Scenic Amish Country Covered Bridge Cruise, Lancaster, April 26th

Discussion in 'Pennsylvania & West Virginia' started by RedEnuf93, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. RedEnuf93

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    Join the PA-WV Viper Club on a Scenic Amish Country Covered Bridge Cruise



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    This will be a slow paced, approx. 60 mile drive through the heart of Amish Countryside, filled with horse driven black buggies. This time of the year you’ll be able to see lots of mules and Amish working on fields.

    DRIVE SLOWLY...... BUGGIES AHEAD.....
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    We will start at the SONIC Drive In, located on RT 222 Brownstown, PA on April 26th at 10AM.
    Sonic Drive-In‎ 4247 Oregon Pike, Ephrata, PA (It is in Browstown, but postal address brings up Ephrata... Brownstown is about 3 miles south of Ephrata, on RT 222)
    sonic drive loc: Brownstown, PA - Google Maps

    There is a Sheetz gas station across the road for anyone in need of gas. Drive starts at the north side of Lancaster County, moving to west towards Columbia. From Columbia we will drive south along the Susquehanna River and will turn east again towards Strasburg. From Strasburg east to Paradise, North to Intercourse and Bird in Hand. (I bet you thought your town had funny names…) The cruise will have 10-11 bridges, some are crossing small creeks and few of them are quite large. We will stop at Intercourse to eat, Amish style…


    After the lunch, we’ll continue north towards our starting point Brownstown. At Brownstown we’ll cross 3 most scenic bridges in this area.
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    Cruise, including the lunch will take about 4 hours. Once we have crossed the last covered bridge, we will gather at our house (Lauri’s house - see address at bottom) for refreshments (I don’t think anyone will be hungry after the Amish style meal…)

    Note:
    Since the drive will at winding country side roads, some barely as wide as your Viper, your car may end up a bit dustier than usually. Mules pulling farm equipment frequently cross the roads.
    Some of the bridges may be steeper than your drive way, my car undercarriage does touch occationally the entry or exit ramp. (Mine is however lowered 2", so a normal Viper should be OK.)
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    There will be quite a few horse driven buggies on the road, pass them SLOWLY, our cars can spook the horses easily. Occasional “road apples” can be also be found (Horse poop)
    Do not pack 5 cars on the bridge at one time, some of them have a low weight limitation (3-5 tons)

    Want to stay longer???
    Lancaster County has some of the best shopping, Rockvale outlets and Tanger Outlets offer anything from Ralph Lauren, Mikasa to Bose and Le Gourmet Chef...
    Or take a ride in a Steam Locomotive in Strasburg.
    Wanna’ know how 1 (one) horse power feels like, take an Amish Buggy ride.
    Interested in seeing an Amish house and farm? We have several.
    There will be also plentiful of Amish road stands, with baked foods, homemade root beer, jams, jellies, pickled veggies and handmade wooden goods. Several of them are “honor stands”, meaning that you pick what you want and pay into a coffee can. Stands are open Saturday, but NOT on Sundays.
    Antiques? At Stoudtburg you’ll have 78.000sft and 400 dealers… and Stoudts micro brewery
    Wave at the Amish, even if they prefer black buggies and horses, they do like Vipers. Don’t believe it? Just try!


    Links:
    Rockvale Outlets: http://www.rockvalesquareoutlets.com/
    Tanger outlets: http://www.tangeroutlet.com/lancaster
    Steam Locomotive rides: http://www.strasburgrailroad.com/
    1 (one) HP rides: http://www.amishbuggyrides.com/
    Amish House: http://www.amishfarmandhouse.com/
    Antiques: http://www.padutchcountry.com/member_pages/Stoudtburg_Antique_Mall.asp

    Hotel Info:
    Holiday Inn Express Lancaster-Lititz, 101 Crosswinds Dr., Lititz PA 17543 – www.hiexpress.com – (717) 625-2366
    Corporate rate is $ 105, Swimming pool, breakfast etc.

    Warwick Inn & Suites, 613 Furnace Hills Pike (RT501 1 mile north of Lititz), Lititz PA 17543 - Warwick Inn - (717) 627-7500
    Corporate rate is $87, breakfast.

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    If there is interrest, we can stop to take a steam locomotive ride (1 hour) or anything else you find interresting.. like stopping at Amish food stands...
    Just shoot me an e-mail and I'll make it happen.

    We would like to get a head/car count, so that we can make reservations for the restaurant. It is not a fancy place, like said, very Amish... Long tables and buffet style.
    Please let Ginger know who will be attending!

    Event Organizer:
    Lauri (RedEnuf93) Virkkunen
    [email protected]
    2502 Butter Road
    Lancaster, PA 17601


    Additional contact:
    Ginger Kurzejewski
    [email protected]
    607-426-0837
     
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  2. viperv10

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    Looks like a great time, But when that date comes around Ill be in San Juan Heading toward tortola on a cruise ship. Hope you guys have nice weather and a nice road trip stay safe....
     
  3. FLOORIN04

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    We will stop at Intercourse to eat, Amish style…

    LOL If i can change things around I will get the srt out and come up...
     
  4. PaViper

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    We will be there:2tu: we need to get this season started!!:headbang:
     
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    Just a small teaser...

    I think we got 5 coming???? After this, maybe 5 more????

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    I drove the route today, due to Amish being active this time of the year (farming), roads ARE a bit dusty.
    My car undercarriage touched on 2 bridges. I do not think a stock Viper would contact the wooden bridge boards.
    88 miles and 3 hours without stopping. We naturally will stop allover and eat too.. You do the math, needless to say, it will be a sloooooow cruise.

    Weather looks 50-50, maybe sun, maybe showers, maybe not. We'll have to check it on Wednesday.

    Lauri
     
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    Great pictures Lauri!
    As of today we have 7 Vipers ready to roll next Saturday. Hope the weather holds out for us.

    Ginger
     
  7. RedEnuf93

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    Of course it will...


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    and 7 Vipers if the weather holds......
     
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  8. PaViper

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    Not that I have any confidence in the weather forecasters.............but

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    Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s.
     
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    Thanks for keeping us posted on the weather down there. We have to think positive!!! :fingersx:
     
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    Hey Guys will it be a rain or shine? It dosent look good for me on sat. I have been wanting to go on that cruise since you first posted it but looks like work will be in the way... hopefully things will change
     
  11. RedEnuf93

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    Scott, check this forum on Wed/Thu and Friday. If the weather changes, you'll see when we pull the plug. (if we do..)
    You're welcome to drive something else than Viper too..... I'll race my wife's Limited Hemi Commander against yours!
     
  12. PaViper

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    I plan on coming rain or shine, getting together with everyone is half the fun...:2tu:
     
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    I do want to put some more snot to that commander. I think it needs a flowmaster and a K&N cold air intake but sandy says no:( The problem about going is i need to work saturday. As for racing that commander I'll let sandy run ya:2tu: I need to start calling her sandaca patrick the F1 driver of jeeps..
     
  14. RedEnuf93

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    It is RAIN or SHINE...

    Just now it looks like SHINE.

    VIPER WEATHER!!!

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  15. RedEnuf93

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    And now it looks like rain, or clouds, or shine.

    Bring your Viper if it is nice.
    Bring your Jeep, 300, Magnum or whatever you drive everyday if it rains.

    What are you guys worrying about, it is a COVERED bridge drive, for gods sake.....:D
     
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    NJ checking in. As it stands now I'll be meeting up with you guys. Might have to peel off early, but looking forward to it.
    Dave
     
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    Great Dave!:2tu: OK to leave early, stay as long as you can.
     
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    You don't want to leave early.....aren't we all doing oil changes at your place afterwards;)
     
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    You can Swim, Sauna, Bike, Burn Rubber, Smoke Cubans, Drink Beer, Change Oil, Talk Sh!t, Play Poker, Canoe on River, Play Pool, Eat..., did I mention Drink beer?...:D Pick your poison.:2tu: CUBANS for all cigar guys!!!(and girls)

    If there are some VCA members left for the evening, feel free to drink or camp at my house or we can go out for a few drinks/dinner. I have nothing planned for the evening, all up to you guys. :headbang:
     
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    Sorry to say but I won't be able to make it.
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    We are going to leave a 7:15 and driving the Viper rain or shine is anybody else driving their Viper?
     
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    It looks like it's going to rain today.
     
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    The Covered Bridge tour was awesome, the weather held up for the entire trip which included about 88 miles of beautiful Pa countryside and 11 covered bridges. We had the opportunity to meet some great folks from our neighboring clubs (New Jersey and Delaware). Thanks to Lauri for setting this trip up:2tu:

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    :2tu:Indeed it was a great day in the state of PA!!! Great cars, great friends, great food and great scenery!!! Thanks to all that participated in this awesome cruise. Thanks to Lauri for organizing this event and to Lauri and his wife Marietta for inviting us to their home. I think we should schedule this cruise again next spring!:drive:

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  25. RedEnuf93

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    THANKS FOR ALL COMING TO THE FIRST PA/WV CRUISE OF 2008!!

    Looks like everybody enjoyed the Slooooooow cruise, must be a new record for PA club to travel 88 miles in 3 hours plus? It is however very scenic, lots of mules on the fields, buggies all over, rivers, antique shops etc. We even saw a "Amish lawnmover" pulled by a mule. I dont think anyone had seen one of those before. And got a friendly greeting from the local Amish using it! I told you that the locals like Vipers!!

    At the restaurant we also met the BMW club, they were out in big numbers.

    Thanks for our "out of state travelers" too!! I think there is a red NJ SRT-10 still here shopping.... Looks like Carmen had some difficulties passing those 1 HP buggies with his SRT-8 Magnum.:D Better bring a Viper next time.

    We can definately put it in calendar for next year, no problem.


    As a teaser for all who thought it was going to rain... Check the pictures:D:2tu: And a proof of that Wayne arrived with his 1993 RT/10 WITHOUT the top!!!!



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    Great photos Carmen & Lauri! Thanks for posting!
     
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    Great pics Lauri, and I was very upset with myself for not bringing my car yesterday....of course there was a positive note for leaving the Viper in the garage, I didn't have to scrape the "country air" out of my wheel wells this morning:rolleyes:
     
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    Thanks Pa. for the warm welcome on Sat. We had a great day out!!!! Lauri great job on the scenic drive :drive: The dust, road apples and chance of rain were well worth the trip. Marietta and Lauri, thanks for opening your home to us at the end of the cruise. T-bone was very entertaining..:rolaugh: We ended up at the Steamboat overnight and the Red SRT/10 choose alcohol over shopping that evening... :D Thanks for posting the pictures so quickly always nice to look back at times with friends. Looking forward to the next Pa. event...

    Penny & Brian
     
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    Penny & Brian -

    You're welcome to join us any time! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

    Ginger
     

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