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Car club makes local pit stop on road trip

August 1, 2012
Jodelle Greiner , Fairmont Sentinel

DUNNELL - The U-Turn Bar in Dunnell was a stop on the Twin Rivers Tour 2012 of the Cedar Rapids Antique Automobile Club of America early Tuesday morning.

Twenty-seven cars carrying 55 people set out from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Monday, stayed overnight in Emmetsburg, Iowa, and hit the road at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Karen Rohlenda said they try to find places off the beaten path so they can see unusual things on the annual trip.

The trips are mapped out in advance, with planning starting almost as soon as the current trip ends. Rohlenda's husband, Neil picks the route and makes about three runs on it, charting turns and landmarks so no one gets lost on the way. The last run is about two weeks before the road trip is scheduled, but even then construction problems might throw off the route, Karen Rohlenda said.

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A 1929 Model A Ford owned and driven by Jan Wenger of Cedar Rapids drives through Dunnell early Tuesday morning. Wenger was traveling with the Cedar Rapids Antique Automobile Club of America, which was making its annual week-long road trip.

The group was headed to Windom before they stopped for the night in New Ulm, where they will stay for a few days before returning home. They also take some weekend tours throughout the year.

The Rohlendas have organized the tour for about 15 years and Karen said the club has been going on the extended road trips for more than 20 years. The club has existed for about 50 years, she said.

Fay Umbreit, owner of the U-Turn, was happy to have the drivers stop by, talking and joking with them while his mother, Irene, served coffee and other refreshments. Jim Howard of the Jessie James Band sang new words to old tunes. Then the group was on their way.

For more information about the club or the Twin Rivers Tour, visit online or call Neil Rohlenda at (319) 846-2557.



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