Author Topic: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country  (Read 30795 times)

Offline MiniDave

Re: Possible "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #25 on: October 29, 2016, 09:23:28 PM »
You Mike, and I forgot about WillieB!
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Offline MPlayle

Re: Possible "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #26 on: November 01, 2016, 11:31:51 AM »
Moving forward on this:

Where: Basing out of Kerrville, Texas.
Dates:
- Arrive and check-in March 13, 2017 (Monday)
- Check out and depart March 17, 2017 (Friday)
Lodging: At Econo Lodge in Kerrville
- 2105 Sidney Baker St., Kerrville, Texas 78028
- (830) 896-1711

I have 10 rooms being held under my name (Michael Playle) with a confirmation number (492572452).  The rate will be $49 per night plus tax.

To convert a room to in your name: Call the direct number (above) and let them know you are wanting one of the rooms held in my name with the confirmation number.  They will get your name and credit card information and put the room into your name.

I know it is early, but due to Spring Break, March tends to be busy for them and I wanted to get the minimum number of rooms as soon as possible.  We can possibly add more rooms if necessary and they are available.  Unused rooms will be released about February 1, 2017.

I will convert one of the rooms for myself in the next day or two.


Offline MPlayle

Re: Possible "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #27 on: November 02, 2016, 11:35:32 AM »
My room booked.

Offline BruceK

Re: Possible "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #28 on: November 02, 2016, 11:49:48 AM »
I just booked my room. 



And I took a look of the motel on Google street view.

Noticing the 3 white boxes labeled with "Mini's" in front of the motel, this must mean that Michael has arranged for suitable-sized portable garages for the first 3 to register!  :)
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Offline BruceK

Re: Possible "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #29 on: November 03, 2016, 04:50:42 PM »
Thanks for moving this forward Michael.

Perhaps the title of this thread should be changed to "Definite Spring Drive" ? 

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Offline MPlayle

Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #30 on: November 03, 2016, 04:57:34 PM »
Main title changed.

I've been working on prospective drive routes.  I'll be previewing each one in the near future.


Offline MiniDave

Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #31 on: November 04, 2016, 11:33:15 AM »
Add my buddy Don with the Vtec Pup to the list, he's got it on his calendar. The only thing that would stop him is that he's self employed, if work comes in he has to favor it over play time, but he's penciled in.

I booked my room as well, but I won't arrive Kerrville till the 14th

My plan is to drive to Dallas on Monday, overnight there, then on to Kerrville the next day. Don will probably drive with me, and if others want to meet up in Dallas to overnight (Willie B, Susan, John S, Don?) then we could caravan down together on Tuesday.

I also posted this on the KC Mini Club forum....
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Offline MPlayle

Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #32 on: November 04, 2016, 04:17:14 PM »
Dave,

Wouldn't arriving Tuesday would cut down one day of driving for you?

To make sure we didn't get hit with a "weekend" rate increase, the dates got shifted forward one day (at least I thought/planned such):

Travel in: Sun/Mon (March 12 & 13)
Drives: Tues/Wed/Thurs (March 14,15,16)
Travel home: Fri/Sat (March 17 & 18)

I hope I didn't screw up.


Offline MiniDave

Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #33 on: November 04, 2016, 05:28:26 PM »
Sorry, I must have missed the update, the days don't matter to me so I can call and change it back, no problem.......thanks for the heads up on that!
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Offline MPlayle

Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #34 on: November 04, 2016, 08:24:27 PM »
Dave,

It is as much my error as anything.  I did not get the information out clearly. :(  :-[

For all:

The current details are as follows.

The agenda:
Travel in: Sun/Mon (March 12 & 13)
Drives: Tues/Wed/Thurs (March 14,15,16)
Travel home: Fri/Sat (March 17 & 18)

The details:
Where:
- Basing out of Kerrville, Texas.
When:
- Arrive and check-in March 13, 2017 (Monday)
- Check out and depart March 17, 2017 (Friday)
Lodging:
- At Econo Lodge in Kerrville
- 2105 Sidney Baker St., Kerrville, Texas 78028
- (830) 896-1711

I have 10 rooms being held under my name (Michael Playle) with a confirmation number (492572452).  The rate will be $49 per night plus tax.

To convert a room to in your name: Call the direct number (above) and let them know you are wanting one of the rooms held in my name with the confirmation number.  They will get your name and credit card information and put the room into your name.

Offline MPlayle

Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #35 on: November 27, 2016, 10:40:06 AM »
Still refining some portions of the routes.  Nothing like the maps showing a very nice squiggly road to find it turns into a private, gated ranch road.

A couple more segments to preview/verify.


Offline MiniDave

Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #36 on: November 27, 2016, 10:49:07 AM »
As long as it's paved...  ;D
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Offline MPlayle

Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #37 on: November 27, 2016, 11:37:38 AM »
Electronic controlled access gate and fencing blocked the way.

 ::)


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Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #38 on: January 04, 2017, 12:39:36 PM »
Just made the hotel reservation for the drive.

Now for the route plan and reservations.

Looks like my wife is going to fly out at the end. We will have a couple of days to hang out in San Antonio then 2 days drive home.

Offline MiniDave

Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #39 on: January 04, 2017, 02:10:36 PM »
That sounds like "fun"   ;D

She's really up for a two day drive in the Mini, or are you going to tow down and back?
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Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #40 on: January 04, 2017, 03:15:22 PM »
Going to flat tow it.

She is good for a ride in the mini once a year out to get ice cream.

Offline MiniDave

Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #41 on: January 04, 2017, 03:36:54 PM »
Yeah, mine has about the same amount of enthusiasm for my Minis......
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Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #42 on: January 04, 2017, 04:55:06 PM »
Add mine to the list of 'enthusiasts' -  11.gif
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Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #43 on: January 04, 2017, 05:09:55 PM »
My ex wife daily drove one of my minis for years.  Then she bought a bini during the divorce. 

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Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #44 on: January 04, 2017, 08:37:04 PM »
I remember that -
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Offline BruceK

Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #45 on: January 05, 2017, 08:12:46 AM »
Getting closer.  I'm getting excited!
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Offline Dmulder

Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #46 on: January 05, 2017, 09:45:37 AM »
Isn't the Houston Rodeo also in March. I lived in Port Arthur Texas for 4 1/2 yrs. spent lots of time in Houston and took several trips out west towards San Antonio, New Braunsfell, and Kerville. Never had a mini then. I'd love to come on the trip. especially if the blue bonnets are in bloom and we can stop at the Blue Bell Ice Cream factory. Maybe I can convince my wife to do it if I tie the Rodeo into it somehow. She grew up going to the rodeo every year.
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Offline MPlayle

Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #47 on: January 05, 2017, 10:32:08 AM »
I don't know when the Houston Rodeo is.  The Blue Bell Ice Cream factory is between Houston and San Antonio (closer to Houston) and the drives are out of Kerrville (the opposite side of San Antonio from Houston).

The wild flower season down here varies widely.  If we have a mild winter, early spring, they may be abundant.


Offline MiniDave

Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #48 on: January 05, 2017, 11:01:54 AM »
Getting closer.  I'm getting excited!

Got Emma ready to go?

I was just making a list today of things I need to do to the Racing Green Mini......drill out the front mount holes for my tow bar, put it back on the alignment machine and reset the suspension one more time - it drives OK, just looking for some marginal improvements, and the springs have settled  little bit.

Oil and filter change.

Still haven't rebuilt the front calipers, will probably redo the rears while I'm at it since I found a slight leak in one of the rear wheel cylinders.

I'm thinking about using a stock air cleaner - these K&Ns are noisy! - I have one but I'd need to do some adapting to make it work as it's off a later car.

Still can't decide whether to pull the engine and change the final drive or leave it alone....it runs well as it is and as I'm not driving it to Texas but towing it I don't have to worry about driving 14 hours at 4K RPM.......

Happy with the dash and instruments at last, but I have a nasty rattle in the heater now.

I'm sure there's more.......there is always more to do on a Mini  ;D
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Offline BruceK

Re: Definite - "Spring Drive" in Texas Hill Country
« Reply #49 on: January 05, 2017, 12:29:48 PM »
Getting closer.  I'm getting excited!

Got Emma ready to go?


No.  It's too cold in my garage to work on her.   I bought a space heater at Lowe's over the weekend, but it doesn't seem to be up to the task.   I'm going to return it and look for something a little better.

I don't really need to do anything to the car in order to take it on the Spring Drive, but I'd like to install new front subframe mounts since the current rubber mounts are shot (that would make it much easier to attach the towbar too), and I should change out the front wheel bearings too.  And while I've got that apart, I should install new brake discs too.   And might was well install new rear drums and shoes.

Also, I'd like to change out my current Group 2 wheelarches to the W&P style (already have them) which would allow me to lower the car a bit (I think it currently sits too high), but again, not really needed to be done by Spring Drive time.
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