2014 International Meet pre-tour
Friday, 7/18/2014 thru Sunday, 7/20/2014
The pre-tour this year will be a scenic tour of a small part of Washington. It will entail a lot of driving on the first and last day and some climbing over the Cascade range. Model A and Model T groups have taken these routes so I know our cars can do it. I also compared it to our Minden, Nevada meet. Two of the tours climbed to around 8,500 feet. We won't be going nearly that high and the temperatures in the passes are usually relatively cool.
Day one, Friday, we will start out early as we will travel around 130 miles. We will go over the Cascade Range on what is called the North Cascades Highway into eastern Washington. For those unfamiliar with the northwest, once you travel east across the Cascade range, you are in a semi-arid warmer climate and the look-of-the-land changes from green and lots of fir trees to browner and more open. However, we will still be somewhat in the foothills of the Cascades so there will be lots of rivers and pine forests. In fact, throughout most of the trip, we will be travelling next to a river. Those rivers include the Skagit, Methow, Columbia, Wenatchee, and Skykomish. Crossing the pass will be both challenging and scenic with views of mountains far above and lakes far below. The pass elevation is 5,477 feet. We will stop in Winthrop for lunch and shopping. There are several restaurants and a local brew pub to choose from and numerous unique shops. We will then travel south a few miles to our motel.
Day two will be shorter with a total of around 97 miles of fairly level driving. We will travel through the Methow valley until the river enters the mighty Columbia. We will travel along the Columbia, hopefully with a stop at one of the dams for a brief time. We will then be entering the orchards along the Columbia. For those who do not know it, Washington is the apple capital of the United States and most of the production is done where we will be traveling. We will cross the Columbia twice and eventually get to our motel in Cashmere. This is a nice little town with numerous shops, a 1950's style diner with an old Studebaker theme and lots of antique stores. Cashmere is also home of the Applets and Cotlets factory. Applets and Cotlets are fruit confections that are sold all over the world. They give brief tours of the facility if you are interested. Cashmere sits on the banks of the Wenatchee river and is surrounded by orchards.
Day three starts out early as we must travel Stevens Pass over the Cascades again to Western Washington and we will be traveling around 142 miles. We will leave Cashmere and travel among the orchards on old back roads until we arrive at Leavenworth . This is a quaint little town that has been remade into a Bavarian village. It has many shops and sits on the picturesque Wenatchee river. We can stop briefly to browse among the shops. We will then travel up Tumwater canyon and head over Stevens Pass at an elevation of 4,061 feet. We will travel through numerous small towns and amongst forests and farms until we reach our hotel in Mt Vernon.
Following is info on the motels for the pre-tour. I was only able to secure 20 rooms and they agreed to hold them until June 1st. So, if you want to go, get your reservations in early to ensure you get a room and also as a courtesy to the motels as they were very uncomfortable reserving rooms that far into the season without a credit card to hold them. Be sure to mention that you are making reservations for the antique car club WOKR.
1006 Hwy 20
Winthrop, WA 98862
They are closed for the winter but you can make reservations by calling (509) 449-3489
After they open May 1st, you can call them at (509) 996-3100
FAX: (509) 996-3317
Rates: $85.99 plus tax. If we reserve 11 or more rooms, the rate will be $75.99 This includes a continental breakfast.
Saturday, July 19
Village Inn Motel
229 Cottage Ave.
Cashmere, WA 98815
Rates: 1 queen $79 plus tax (Seniors $75)
2 queens $89 plus tax (Seniors $85)
If you have any questions, feel free to call us, Steve and Joy Heidal.
Home (253) 848-1134
Steve's cell (253) 682-9012
Joy's cell (253) 686-7413