Bessie missed out on a chance to break the world record! Luckily, we were over a hundred short at 1,319 Minis making their way to the Mackinac Bridge for the World’s Longest Parade of Minis. Whew! Allen, my boyfriend, and I travelled back to St. Ignace for our anniversary of our first impromptu date. Allen even won me a ring from the Gold Mine jewelry store of the Mackinac Bridge. We also took the ferry over to Mackinac Island where no motorized vehicles are allowed. Sorry, Minis – no ice cream escapades photos for you! However, we did enjoy the ice cream at Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor, Mini golf on real grass and butterflies, lots of butterflies.
A MINI roadtrip without Bessie? Can it be true? Yes. Bessie stayed home while her owner, Caren, went gallivanting off to MINI Takes the States with her boyfriend.
We took the journey in an unlikely pairing of Allen’s MINI Coupe with tear-drop camper in tow. Our maiden roadtrip from Madison, Wisconsin, to Memphis, Tennessee and back via St. Louis and Chicago went wonderfully. From truck stops and camping grounds, the biggest adventure was where we would call home after a long day on the road. Allen and I enjoyed taking in the city lights of Memphis, playing vintage video games, go-karts, pink lemonade and trying to figure out how a baseball game works. But best of all, enjoying it all with so many other fellow MINI friends. View photos…
The Brew City Car Cruise was the usual intriguing turnout of Minis, BMWs and more.
And now, what you’ve all been waiting for, MINI on the Mack! Bessie started off the trip by turning 150,000 miles on the odometer while driving through Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. Her luck continued for a wonderful time up in St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. She meandered around the backroads with her fellow 847.5 Minis before continuing across the Mackinaw Bridge. The Minis gathered for a round of horn honking to the tune of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” which achieved a World Record for Largest Car Horn Ensemble. To round out the weekend, Bessie has now been in three countries, adding Canada to her list of destinations visited.