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Drive 4 Corners 2019 - Rocky Mountain Driving Tour

Post by tschultz » Tue May 07, 2019 12:34 pm

The annual BMW gathering Drive 4 Corners is back for 2019, the 9th annual event!

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D4C aims to gather a group of BMW enthusiasts from the region for a social and driving event. Participants join from all over the united states with the goal of getting out and exploring new roads. The goal is to bring participants together to relate over a scenic driving adventure. Drive 4 Corners 2019 will be a shift from events of the past, with the activities moving to a touring format where the home base location moves nightly. These are not only unique destinations off the beaten path, but they are connected by premium driving roads along 4 Colorado designated Scenic Byways.

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There will be driving adventure by day, with social gatherings at night. Drive 4 Corners likes to focus more on driving than the typical car show. The driving aspect matched with the social aspect makes Drive 4 Corners a relaxed yet engaging event. Participants all drive hundreds of miles to connect up with others, some arriving from over 1000 miles away to see old friends and meet new ones.

Date: Friday, August 15-18, 2019 (**Not Aug 23 as published in the mye28 calendar**)
Location: Driving Tour starting in Grand Junction, CO


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2019 will feature an informal sort of event with participants joining a-la-carte style for the route segments and activities that sound most interesting. This means participants can join in for as much as as little as they see fit. Unlike in years past, group caravans will take place only along the posted route and schedule.

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We realize some participants will split off for other excursions such as Mountain Biking or hiking, and that is the beauty of the weekend. Drive with other participants along the route, meet new people for meals along the way, or simply convene for the social aspect every evening. Make your own reservations so if pitching a tent sounds fun, stay at a campground nearby! The opportunities really mean that D4C 2019 is what you make it to be. We can't wait to see you there!

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Route and Schedule
Starting on Thursday, August 15, 2019, the event will kick off with a meetup in Grand Junction, CO for an informal social afternoon of go-carting. After the carting championship, participants will meet up in Grand Junction at a select hotel for an informal social evening with dinner and drinks ahead of the official driving start of D4C.

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The official driving start will begin Friday morning from Palisade, CO. The Exxon truck stop will serve as a fuel stop and group up location before departing along the Grand Mesa Scenic byway. This segment of driving leads to a lunch on your own in between Cedaredge, CO and Orchard City, CO before continuing on towards Hotchkiss and then Crawford, CO along the West Elk Loop Scenic Byway. The route over Highway 92 is one of the most unique roads you will drive on, meandering along the Black Canyon towards Blue Mesa Reservoir.

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This leads the group into Gunnison, CO for the night, with a separate extended drive continuing on to Monarch Pass for another group photo to meet up with other participants joining on Friday evening. A rendezvous in Gunnison for dinner will be the highlight of the evening, with Main street shut down for the Gunnison Cruise-in. There will be music, vendors, food, and cars parked on Maint Street. This is not something to be missed!

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Saturday will end up being a later start for the morning but will begin with a drive from Blue Mesa down the Silver Thread scenic byway. Those who don't want to make the drive with the group can simply stay in Gunnison, CO for part of the day and attend the Gunnison Car Show. Along the route; Lake City, CO is a destination on its own with a planned group photo to take place near Lake San Cristobal. A late lunch at Freemon's General Store will be a familiar stop for a burger along the route. This destination will return after a few years off of the D4C schedule. A relaxed evening into South Fork means participants can choose to drive another extended loop or simply slow down in the quiet mountain towns in the area. That evening the large group banquet will take place for everybody to catch up and socialize before some have to hit the road on their way home.

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Finally, Sunday will be a later start day for those interested in participating. The group will likely convene a smaller overall number, but on a familiar route as participants will meetup for the last group photo atop Wolf Creek Pass. This will be the last formal group gathering for D4C 2019.

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Some people may want to head to Pagosa Springs, CO and soak in the natural Hot Springs while those interested in continuing will be able to trek into New Mexico and Chama, NM where they will criss-cross the Cumbres and Toltec Railroadon their way to Antonito, CO. This scenic section of road is part of the Los Camonis Antiguos Scenic Byway and leads participants to visit destinations such as The Great Sand Dunes National Park. We anticipate he group splitting off on their own directions home or extended driving trips.

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