2021 CORPS OF
FRIDAY-MONDAY, JULY 30-AUGUST 2, 2021
FROM HOOD RIVER
The Corps of Discovery was the name of the specially-established unit of the United States Army which formed the nucleus of the Lewis and Clark Expedition that took place between May 1804 and September 1806. The 2021 Corps of Discovery Tour covers the same region in the Pacific Northwest and builds on the success of the "All British Road Meet" last year when we met for a one-day drive from Portland to Lincoln City on the Oregon coast.
This year we are expanding the format to a four-day, three-night road trip, or you can do a shortened version of three days, two nights.
You may participate in any car of any vintage from any country. We encourage vintage cars as the daily distances are not long, but drive what you like.
This event is different in several good ways:
There are no fees. You make your own lodging reservations (info below) and pay for your own food, beverage and gas. You pay us nothing.
There is no registration. Just make your own lodging reservations and show up at the kick-off lunch in Hood River. Surprise us.
You'll likely see cars you haven't seen before, meet car owners you haven't met before, and see and hear cars on the road like you've never seen and heard them before.
For those who don't like a lot of "structure" in their auto hobby events, your prayers have been answered. You can literally wake up the morning of the event and decide to participate (as long as you can still get lodging reservations).
Here's an overview of how it is planned to go:
On Friday, July 30, we'll meet at noon at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River. It's a wonderful vintage hotel. We'll have lunch. Maybe make a few announcements and introductions. Leave around 1:30 p.m. ... maybe 2 p.m. We have plenty of time.
After lunch we'll drive to Condon, Oregon (that's about 90 miles via the most direct route) to our destination, the Hotel Condon. You can drive on your own or fly in formation with other cars. We'll arrive in mid-afternoon with plenty of time to relax, enjoy happy hour[s], and explore Condon, which won't take long. The dining room at the hotel is again open for business, and that's the most likely dinner venue. We understand that the dive bar across the street from the hotel has gone out of business. Sorry.
Then on Saturday, July 31, we arise to the included light breakfast and strike out for remote and exotic Burns, Oregon. That's about 190 miles. We'll plan to lunch in John Day, although you're free to stop and dine where and when you like.
On destination this day is the Horseshoe Inn on the outskirts of Burns. It's got a lot of character, if you know what I mean. If there's no burn ban in effect, we might even be able to sit around the fire pit for refreshments. If your requirements for lodging tend toward the more conventional, there are options in Burns and a web search will reveal several, but you're missing something if you skip the Horseshoe, to coin a phrase.
On Sunday, August 1, we arise and find breakfast. We know a good greasy spoon on the way out of town, but breakfast location may depend on how many we are, and first-come, first-served may also be in effect, but there are options in Burns.
We then depart Burns and you can head home (Burns to Portland is about 285 miles, for reference), but Dufur is the official destination for the day. That's about 235 miles. Lunch is likely in Madras (the Black Bear Diner is always a treat), but again, you're welcome to stop when and where you like.
We'll stay Sunday night at the historic Balch Hotel and have dinner there. If you miss getting a room at the Balch - and it's pretty small - there are lots of lodging options in nearby The Dalles (about 12 miles away), and you can still join the group for dinner at the Balch.
Monday, August 2, is Head Home Day. Via the most direct route, it's about 100 miles to Portland, but there are more-entertaining routes available.
This event is about driving - great roads, great cars, great people and great fun. Not to mention the great scenery. There are no catered banquets. No guest speakers. No trophies. Probably a cool souvenir decal.
Are you in? Then please do not delay making your lodging reservations because a couple of these hotels are quite small and will likely fill early. We'll see you at the kick-off lunch in Hood River on Friday, July 30 at noon.
All questions gladly answered, and the answers are guaranteed to change your life, possibly for the better. email@example.com Reid Trummel, Expedition Organizer