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June-July Events

It’s summertime!  Well not officially quite yet, but June is at least the unofficial start of summer.  First up for the club is a meeting coming up this Saturday, June 2nd, 6pm, at Sonic in Pekin.  It’s a cruise-in, actually, so bring your appetite and be sure to pace yourself for ice cream at the end.  Later in the month on Saturday, June 22nd we have a day-trip to The Badlands in Attica, Indiana planned.  This is a good starter park if you’ve never been wheeling, and it’s not very far away.  Keep an eye on the forum for travel info.

In July, the holiday weekend pushes our normal meeting back to Saturday, July 13th, 6pm at Lou’s Drive-In in Peoria.  The first weekend in July will be our annual 4th of July trip to Duke’s Off-Road Ranch, owned by our own Steve Vohs.  Later in the month is a trip to Hillbillie Ranch in Jerseyville, Illinois on Saturday, July 27th.  If you’re keeping score at home, that’s a little north of St. Louis.

Lastly, peeking into August, the next cruise-in/meeting will be Saturday, August 3rd at 6pm at the Dream Hut in Bartonville.

As always, please check the forum for last minute changes before making travel plans.  Take your top off and get out there… lots to see and do!

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March-April Events

Spring is finally starting to peek out from behind a stubborn winter, and with it comes the wheeling season.  Coming up at the end of the month (March 30th) is a day trip to Colchester Quarry, which is private land near Macomb, Illinois.  Wheeling is by invite-only, and MIJC member John Gage has asked us back.  The last time the MIJC went was in 2010, and it was pretty rainy.  It was so long ago that even I had my Jeep there, complete with its recently-completed “costume” as the BluesmobileTom Evans also had an interesting time with a failed ball joint, and we had to extract it to flat ground on an improvised log skid.  Hopefully the weather is better this year.  Plans are underway for this trip on the forum so post up if you want to go.

In April, our final regular meeting for the spring will be on Saturday the 6th, 12:00, at our usual location… Avanti’s in Pekin.  In May our cruise-ins start up for 2019.  Later in the month we’ve got one of our long-time traditional yearly trips to Flat Nasty in Jadwin, Missouri, which will be the long Easter weekend.  This Mini-Big-Trip is always a good time.  Participants have already reserved the trailers we always use for accommodations.  Space is limited if you want to stay with the group, so if you want to go, get on the forum and announce your intentions.

Getting into the start of May, our first cruise-in for 2019 will be Saturday, May 4th at 6pm at Our Inn Place in Pekin.  Hope to see you there.

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September – October Events

Wow, I can’t believe we’re talking about October already.  Well, first let’s address September.  Labor Day Weekend is our annual trip to Land Between The Lakes, not to be confused with Land O’ Lakes, which is butter, and not a place we can wheel.  I think I make that joke every year… I appear to be running out of material.  Anyway, planning is underway in the forum for that trip, so if you want to go, it would be good to let your intentions be known to the group.

The following weekend, on Saturday, September 8th, we’ve got our final cruise-in of the summer to Cranwill’s Drive-In in Pekin at 6pm.  Later in the month on September 29th we have a scheduled trip to Moonlight Racing in Sullivan, Missouri.  This park is still new-to-us… we were supposed to go a year ago but our chosen weekend conflicted with a race going on at the park, so we didn’t go.  Watch the forum for travel plans.

Moving to a busy October, on Saturday October 6th is our fall weenie roast at the Martins’ house in Pekin, time TBD.  This also serves as the monthly meeting.  October 13th is a trip to Potowatomi in Fulton, Missouri, and the Duke’s Halloween Run will be on October 27th this year.  As with all our trips, watch the forum for travel plans.  Our Facebook group page is nice for social chats but the forum is our official trip-planning site.

Saturday, November 3rd we’re back to our normal meeting spot, Avanti’s in Pekin at 12:00 noon.  The November meeting is also when we open (and close) nominations for officers, with our official elections being held at the December meeting.  As per our bylaws, Vice President, Safety Director, and Treasurer must be nominated this year.  Larry Haas is eligible for another two-year term as VP, if he wishes to be re-elected.  Mike Peters is eligible for another term as Safety Director.  Jill Martin must be replaced as Treasurer, as she has served 1-1/2 terms (due to a mid-term vacated position and special election).  It’s early now, but worth thinking about who we might nominate.  Not sure what these people really do?  Check the bylaws, or talk to a, well, “seasoned” MIJC member.

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July-August Events

Summer summer summer… like a merry-go-round.  Looking ahead the next few months, in July we have our annual 4th of July outing to Duke’s Off-Road Ranch, which is on the weekend of July 7th since the 4th falls in the middle of the week.  If you’ve never been, Duke’s is private property and we don’t publish the location, so post in the forum if you’re interested in going.  The holiday and Duke’s outing pushes our regular meeting back to July 14th, which is a cruise-in at Lou’s Drive-In in Peoria.  They do have one in East Peoria at the old Sonic on Washington, but we’ll be at the original location.  That’ll be at 6pm.  The following weekend on July 21st we’ve got a trip planned to the Hillbillie Ranch in Jerseyville, Illinois.

We’re off on July 28th, so you’ll have to keep yourself busy that weekend, but we return August 4th for another cruise/meeting in Bartonville at the Dream Hut.  August 11th is a trip to perennial MIJC favorite The Badlands in Attica, Indiana, and the 18th is the tentative day for the MIJC Picnic & Hog Eat at the Stearnes’ home in Pekin.  Peeking ahead just a little further, Labor Day weekend has our usual trip to Land Between The Lakes.  As with all outings, watch the forum for group travel and lodging plans.

The weather’s nice… get out and do some wheeling!

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April-May Events

Although it’s still cold outside and we just experienced a freak Easter snowstorm, hopefully the light at the end of the weather tunnel is getting brighter and warmer.  Coming up on Saturday, April 7th, join us for our last regular monthly meeting at Avanti’s in Pekin at noon.  Our summer cruise-in’s will start on May 5th at Our Inn Place in Pekin.  If you’ve never been, we meet at 6pm, eat, then cruise around town and get ice cream from a different local spot, rain or shine!

Wheeling-wise, later in April we’ve got a trip scheduled to The Cliffs (Saturday 4/28).  In May we’ve got a multi-event weekend late in the month that starts with the Louie Louie Parade on Friday 5/25, a late-afternoon parade in downtown Peoria.  Full details to be confirmed later, but we usually line up in the Civic Center’s Fulton Street Lot staging area around 3pm.  That weekend is also a trail clean-up/wheeling weekend at the home of Steve Vohs, aka Duke’s Off-Road Ranch.

As with all MIJC events, watch the forum before making your travel plans.  Events can sometimes get cancelled because of weather or lack of participation.  For an interactive calendar or downloadable 1-sheet of all our events, visit the Schedule page.

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February-March Events

It’s cold out!  Well, it was REALLY cold out a few weeks ago, and now it feels like spring.  But soon it will be cold again, and then it really will be spring, and we’ll have all sorts of MIJC events we can participate in.  For now, it’s cold, and we don’t do much.  But coming up…

Our next meeting is Saturday, February 3rd at Avanti’s in Pekin, noon to 1.  This is our normal meeting place when it’s crappy outside, namely November, December, February, and April.  Why not March?  Because our March 3rd 12:30 meeting is inside the warm service shop of Uftring Jeep in Pekin, where we do our annual Jeep inspections.  The club provides lunch.  Uftring is always happy to have us there, and we’re glad to have a large place where we can get all our Jeeps inside.

If you’ve never been to inspections, take a look at the form we use.  Our current Events Coordinator (and former Safety Director) Jon Martin redesigned the list of items we check a few years back so as to better help people prepare before wheeling season starts.  Not sure how to check for a bad ball joint, universal joint or wheel bearing?  We can show you how.  Or show you what those things are.

Our first wheeling trip for 2018 is Saturday, March 10th to The Badlands in Attica, Indiana.  The ground is usually soft and wet from winter thaws so be prepared.  Towards the end of the month on Easter weekend is our annual spring trip to Flat Nasty in Jadwin, Missouri.  This is a long weekend (including Good Friday) with 3 days of cool weather, bug-free wheeling.  The folks who go do rent some trailers in the area for group accommodations, so make sure you post in the forum if you want to go.

Trivia note: it’s spelled “Flat Nasty Offraod Park” in Google Maps.  Someone needs a dictionary.

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Events Calendar Updated!

Yes, it’s that long-awaited day, late in January, when Dave finally gets off his keyster and updates the MIJC Schedule page.  Here you can find all the official club events for 2018 with useful website links and location information.  You can also download a one-page PDF of the entire list, for easy posting in a high traffic area.  If you’re like me, you already lost the paper copy you got late last year.

Of note for this year’s schedule: we are headed to a new park called Hillbillie Ranch Offroad Park, located a scant 150 miles from Peoria in Jerseyville, Illinois.  Spoiler alert: it’s near St. Louis.  New wheeling locations are always interesting, and it’s even less of a fuel-gamble when they’re in our home state.

As always, make sure you check the forum before you head off to some far-away off-road park and find that nobody else from the club showed up.  Events do get canceled and/or rescheduled because of weather or lack of interest.  The forum is where we make all travel arrangements for trips as well as planning other events like the Hog Eat and the Banquet.  If you don’t have a forum account, head there now and create yerself one.  I’ll save you some trouble: the “spam code” is 7883.

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