2017 MG Coast-to-Coast Adventure – Overview
This is not a NAMGBR organized event. Our members Dick Lunney and PJ Lenihan are organizing a drive from the east coast to San Diego. If you’d like to join them the details of their plans are provided below and additional updates will be made as the plans get more firm and or finalized. If you would like more information about joining the Coast-to-Coast Adventure for all or part of it, please contact either Dick Lunney (704) 578-4616 or PJ Lenihan firstname.lastname@example.org or (336) 462-1147. The group are setting up an email information/notification list and Bob Lewis is managing that so contact Bob email@example.com if you wish to be included on group emails as the plans are developed.
2017 MG Cost-to-coast Adventure – Details
Last updated: 17-Feb-2017
Put a tire in the Atlantic and a tire in Pacific at the beginning and end of a historic MG road trip of 8 days taking us across the southern United States to NAMGBR’s MG2017 Annual Convention. Our plans> include using a southern route of secondary roads and some high speed interstates. Of course MG fans across the nation can join in anywhere. This plan has a couple of short days for touring local sights. These short days also allow for “catch up” if anyone was delayed for unscheduled repairs. Our model is the Rally to Reno in 2011 but with a more southern/southwestern flair.
Tire Tip East Coast -Starting Point – Savannah, GA – Friday 6-16-2017
Before we start we meet-up near Savannah,GA. You may wish to arrive on Thursday 6-15-2017 to have time for some sightseeing, but definitely be there by lunch time on Friday 6-16-2017 for a tire in the water event on Tybee Island about 30 minutes east of our host hotel.
The City of Savannah is a place with so much history, it is too much to list. This city was spared by General Grant at the end of the Civil War, during his famous “March to the Sea,” so the beautiful antebellum homes fill the streets just as they did in the late 1800’s. In addition, the Eighth Air Force Museum, probably the best air museum outside of Wright Patterson AFB or the Smithsonian Air Museum, chronicles the U.S. Air Force’s role in defeating Nazi Germany during WWII. Finally, just outside Savannah is the renowned Roebling Road Raceway, a 2.2 mile winding and challenging course where we might start our journey west with some laps on this track.
To save having to call every hotel we will use, we have set up a single number you can call to set up reservations for all the hotels at once. Call 800-228-9290 and you can book all nights. Your code for these prices in this block of rooms is MGBs or you may need to reference this is organized by by PJ Lenihan.
Hotel: Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah I 95 South 17027 Abercorn Street Savannah, GA 31419
Group Rate: $115
Hot tip: Join Marriott rewards, it’s free and you’ll earn a free room night or two depending on where you join us and how many nights you accumulate. For even more rewards get a Marriott Rewards credit card and use it to reserve your rooms and get bonus points for meeting spending thresholds in the 1st 3 months.
Day One – Saturday, 6/17/17
Savannah, GA to Montgomery, AL (355 miles) US Route 80. Uncover Montgomery’s pivotal role in major moments in American history. The shots that started the Civil War and acts of courage that led to the Civil Rights Movement. Watch as over 1,000 Hyundai vehicles are made daily by 2,700 Team Members on a guided tour of the state-of-the-art Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant.
Hotel: Fairfield Inn & Suites Montgomery Airport South 7560 Mobile Highway Montgomery, Alabama 36105
Group Rate: $94
Day Two – Sunday, 6/18/2017
Montgomery, AL to Vicksburg, MS (285 miles) US Route 80/I-20. From the Civil War Battle of Vicksburg to the antebellum Mansions overlooking the Mississippi River, Vicksburg history is alive and well. From early 18th century Natchez Indian and Choctaw tribe battles and the Mississippi steamboats that made the city a center of trade in the 19th century to the nation-changing events such as the 47 day Siege of Vicksburg in 1863, few cities can claim the number of captivating contributions to U.S. history.
Hotel: Courtyard Vicksburg 1 Underwood Drive Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180
Group Rate: $104
Day Three – Monday, 6/19/2017
Vicksburg, MS to Shreveport, LA (200 miles) US Routes 80/I-20. Shreveport-style stuffed shrimp are a local delicacy. Large shrimp are stuffed with Creole dressing, deep-fried and served with spicy tartar sauce. Try them at Eddie’s Restaurant, Brother’s Seafood or C&C Café in Shreveport. See vintage aircraft and U.S. Air Force memorabilia at Barksdale Global Power Museum located on nearby Barksdale Air Force Base.
Hotel: Courtyard Shreveport Airport 6001 Financial Plaza Shreveport, Louisiana 71129
Group Rate: $94
Day Four – Tuesday, 6/20/2017
Shreveport. LA to Waco, TX (265 miles) US Routes 79/69/84. The City is the birthplace of Dr Pepper, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Waco is also home to the Waco Mammoth National Monument, a 100-plus acre stretch of wooded parkland along the Bosque River. The site provides a glimpse into the lives of Columbian mammoth bones discovered in Waco along the Bosque River and is part of the National Parks System.
Hotel: Courtyard Waco 101 Washington Avenue Waco, Texas 76701
Group Rate: $119
Date Five – Wednesday, 6/21/2017
Waco, TX to Carlsbad, NM (450 miles) US Routes 84/67/87/62/180. After touring the famous caves, make sure to stick around until sunset for Carlsbad Caverns National Park’s Bat Flight Program. Each evening from mid-April to late October, visitors gather at the Bat Flight Amphitheater to learn all about the fascinating bat species that live inside the cavern from a park ranger before watching thousands of them fly out of the cavern in search of insects to eat. It is a memorable experience that should not be missed.
Hotel: Fairfield Inn & Suites Carlsbad 2525 South Canal Street Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
Group Rate: $119
Day Six – Thursday, 6/22/2017
Carlsbad, NM to El Paso, TX (165 miles) US Routes 62/180. A short drive will give everyone a few hours at Carlsbad Caverns before a wonderful drive through the southwest Arizona Mountains. Historic El Paso Mission Trail is located in El Paso’s Lower Valley. This Trail is rich in history dating back 400 years. Sure to take your breath away these three adobe churches remain as living testaments to the faith of our Spanish and Indian ancestors. Established in 1682 the Ysleta Mission is the cornerstone of the Ysleta del Sur Indian Pueblo. Two miles east lies the Socorro Mission. The architecture of this mission reflects the culture, politics and insurmountable spirit of the early settlers of this vibrant town. Established in 1789 the San Elizario Chapel is an amazing paragon of late adobe church architecture in West Texas and New Mexico. It is an exquisite reflection of European architectural styles on the earlier, simpler box-like missions of the region.
Hotel: Fairfield Inn & Suites El Paso 7514 Remcon Circle El Paso, Texas 79912
Group Rate: $95
Day Seven – Friday, 6/23/2017
El Paso, TX to Tucson, AZ (320 miles) TX Route 9/AZ Route 80/I-10. A fantastic drive on great MG roads through the mountains of southwestern New Mexico past the Pancho Villa State Park into Arizona and the Coronado National Forest through Tombstone will take us to Tucson. New York Magazine called Tucson “the Southwest’s next foodie destination.” Wine Enthusiast named Tucson one of 2016’s Top Under-the- Radar Food Towns.
Hotel: Tucson Marriott University Park 880 East Second Street, Tucson Arizona 85719
Group Rate: $113
Day Eight – Saturday, 6/24/2017
Tucson to San Diego (470 miles) AZ Route 86 to I-6. Probe the cosmos at Kitt Peak National Observatory just outside of Tucson before heading to San Diego.
Enjoy MG 2017 then formulate your own plans to return home.