Door County Fall Color tour and Gimmick Rallye

Door County Fall Color tour and Gimmick Rallye

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 8:00am to Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 3:00pm
Door County Wisconsin

2017 Door County Fall Color Tour & Rallye

19 Wisconsin Section members, joined by our MBCA Regional Director Jason Burton from Chicago and his friend Sara enjoyed perfect weather for our Fall Color Tour in Door County October 20th – 22nd.  We picked this weekend to avoid the large crowds and congestion associated with festival weekends, but discovered that endurance runners were holding a 50 mile relay race the same day as our Color Tour & Rallye.  More about that in a bit.

We kicked off the weekend by enjoying a Friday night Fish Boil at the Old Post Office restaurant in Ephraim.  With your choice of ribs or chicken as alternatives to the fish boil, everyone enjoyed a great meal finished with cherry pie, all accompanied by good conversation and camaraderie. 

Saturday we awoke to perfect fall weather.  Each member had the morning to themselves.  At 1:00 p.m. we gathered in the “Nest” at Rallye headquarters, the Open Hearth Lodge in Sister Bay.  After a review of driver’s instructions and last minute details, 10 driver/navigator teams departed at intervals and headed out into Door County.  Rallye Co-Coordinator Deb Hamilton commented that thankfully the route would take members to the central and east side of the peninsula, avoiding the roads crowded with 900+ runners, their support vehicles and the usual heavy weekend traffic!

This was an observation rallye with questions participants had to answer in order to make sure they stayed on the route.  Distance and time were not scored so participants had plenty of time to soak in the colors.  Since this was our first attempt at hosting a rallye, we kept the questions simple and no team missed more than one question, with the exception of the location of the cell phone tower disguised as a tree!  Everyone completed the rallye in plenty of time to return to the Open Hearth Lodge to share some wine and snacks before dinner. 

Kudos go out to Christine Kampe.  Upon hearing that our original dinner venue backed out from their reservation commitment because of the aforementioned endurance runners, Christine picked up her cell phone and taking Dick Kusch’s suggestion, made dinner reservations for our group at the Shoreline Restaurant in Gills Rock.  We were able to dine after a very short wait, and without Christine’s efforts we would have had a minimum of a 90 minute wait!  We enjoyed another great meal with great food and lots of Gemuetlichkeit.

The rains finally arrived as we made our way to the Log Den’s Sunday morning Brunch.  The variety of foods met everyone’s’ needs and then some.  A computerized slide show depicting the answers to the Rallye questions was on hand as good natured ribbing added merriment to the group.

The group consensus was that it was nice to have a relaxing weekend with picture perfect days Friday and Saturday, great food and everyone having Fun on the Rallye.

Bruce & Deb Hamilton

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