This Summer’s Adventure

So, this Sunday, the wife and I will be leaving to drive to Sturgis, South Dakota, in order to meet up with around 800 other MINI owners for the second half of “MINI Takes the States (MTTS).” This is a coast-to-coast rally that occurs every two years, and draws owners from all over the country (and beyond) to come and spend two weeks driving the whole route, city-to-city, or, like us, those that will only be doing part of the course.

From Sturgis, we will head to Cheyenne, Wyoming (with a detour into Nebraska to see Carhenge, so that’s cool). Then on to Park City, Utah, Las Vegas, Nevada, and finishing up in beautiful (and scorching hot) Palm Springs, California, at the BMW test track, before heading home.

Yes, that is a lot of miles. But it should be enjoyable, since there really is no destination, per se, which is the most annoying part of any road-trip: the fact that you want to get to where you’re going. For MTTS, to borrow a phrase from my favorite band*, “the point of the journey is not to arrive. / Anything can happen.” The point of the journey is the journey. The shared experience of the drive is the goal, not where you end up at the end of the day.

That said… it’s still a lot of miles, but also the potential for a lot of fun.

And, no; we will not be taking Mal (read about his sordid past HERE, if you haven’t already). We will be taking the wife’s MINI: “Artoo V2.” I love Mal, I really do, but I don’t think he’s quite ready for this.

So follow here and/or on twitter (@MWWoodring) for pictures and whatnot as we wind our way across the western U.S. You never know what we’ll see or how hilarious it might be.

Everybody have a great weekend, a great summer, and try to do something fun that you’ve never thought about doing before. Heck; do something you have been thinking about doing, but keep putting off.

You’ve probably earned it.


*Rush – “Prime Mover” from their 1987 album Hold Your Fire (Mercury Records).

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