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Old 05-15-2009, 11:10 AM   #1
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50th Anniversary Cape (Town)To Cairo Caravan and Rally

*Please note that some of the information below is tentative, and can change in the next few weeks until everything is nailed down.*

Join us in commemorating the 1959 African Caravan from Capetown to Cairo.

For the last month I have been thinking of hosting this rally to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Wally's Caravan across Africa. After speaking with several forum friends, I decided to proceed with it. The dates are set, and will not change from the 11-13th. I have also spoken with Dale "Pee-Wee" Schwamborn who was on the 1959 Caravan, and asked him to join us for the caravan and rally. Hopefully Pee-Wee will be available to tell us some stories about the caravan, Wally and his mother, and Airstream during the times he worked there.

The event will start on Friday the 11th of September with a caravan from Cape (Girardeau), MO to Cairo, IL. The trip is only 34 miles each way. This is nice because it will not take a lot of time out of the day, but will give us the experience of traveling in a caravan. Many people have not participated in a caravan before, and this small journey should be a pleasant introduction. A definite start time has not been established yet, but will be once we move closer to the event. I have been in touch with the Cape Girardeau chamber of commerce, and they will be securing us a start point using the town's mall or the Show Me Convention Center.

After the caravan, we will rally Friday evening, Saturday, and head home on Sunday. Historically, September is very warm still in the Midwest, and hook-ups will most likely be wanted by those attending. The Cape RV Park in town offers 90 Pull through sites with full hook-ups, a recreation center that seats 120 people, and full amenities. I have also looked into the Trail of Tears State Park, but there is not near the amount of sites, and the will not hold spots for us while people take time to make reservations.

I am planning for a potluck on Friday evening, and a catered meal on Saturday (If people are interested). If we do the catering we will have a very small rally fee assessed. Possible ideas for the potluck would be dishes that were popular in the 50's when the caravan was going on, or dishes that would have been seen on the African trip.

Custom T-shirts will be available from artist at large, Michael Depraida (Artstream), and will cost $25.00. I urge everyone to check out his site, and see his new work.

I will post more information as I receive it. Any thoughts and suggestions are greatly encouraged and appreciated.
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Old 05-17-2009, 08:24 PM   #2
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I'm bumping this thread. This sounds really cool. I can't commit quite yet, but I'm working on getting my schedule rearranged. Too many rallies, too little time, too much work!
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:36 AM   #3
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Hey Dacia,

The rally is a little ways off, and that is likely why there isn't a huge amount of response yet. I scheduled this rally on this weekend since there were no other rallies planned, and because Pee Wee was available.

On a side note, I have however received positive feedback from several sponsors of the event. I will list them all later once I have them confirmed on the thread and on the rally info page.

In therally bags for the event I am looking into including many fun items, but these are great.


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Old 05-18-2009, 07:56 AM   #4
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Great idea Steve!

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I just received a call from Silver Joe's coffee. They would like to sponsor this event with free coffee and merchandise. I will gladly fly their banner or flag from my trailer for them offering their help.

Looks like coffee is covered....now on to other things.

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Count us in!

Steve, we're looking forward to the commemorative Cape to Cairo caravan in September. We've never been in a caravan so please count us in.

Cape Girardeau is one of our favorite Mississippi River towns. Homepage*-*Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau

Ok, so the cuisine isn't exactly Egyptian or African fare -- but we do love Broussard's Cajun Cuisine in downtown Cape (Official Site of Broussard's Cajun Cuisine - Home Page) and Dexter's BBQ (About Us - Dexter Bar-B-Que - The Best Ribs You'll Ever Eat!). We've also heard that the Mexican restaurant right beside Cape Camping and RV Park is one of the best in the area though we haven't tried it yet.

Yep, it's all about the food ... and of course, the fellowship!

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Soldermedic goes from Cape to Cairo - Remember 1959

For any of you great Airstreamers here is a chance to join in the celebration of the 1959 Wally Byam Caravan to Africa.

Hope to see you camp side.
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File Type: pdf African Caravan 1959 - 1960-0001.pdf (3.66 MB, 116 views)
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Good evening all,

Over the weekend I was at a local rally and entertained many questions on the caravan and rally. It seems that there is a lot of interest out there.

While Cairo, I'll is a shadow of what it formerly was, there is the Magnolia manor mansion that Overlander 64 told me about. I don't forsee much interest in seeing the mansion, but I will leave it open for discussion.

Another item for discussion is the caravan route. Cairo is 34 miles from Cape, and a return trip would be very easy. There is a route that would take us from Missouri to Illinoisn and just barely through Kentucky and Tennessee. Then we could take Tennessee back into Missouri.

The second route would be longer, but less monotanous.

Pee wee.....thanks for your input, and the PDF info.

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great idea, I hope we will be able to get up North to attend.
I'll watch the post to keep in touch
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50th Anniversary Cape (Town)To Cairo Caravan and Rally

Greetings Steve!

You can count me in as well! Couldn't very well miss this event when it will only be 22 miles from home for me.

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50th Anniversary Cape (Town)To Cairo Caravan and Rally

Greetings Steve!

Just a few thoughts on places in Cairo that might be worth a visit (it seems that there are fewer every year):
  • Shemwell's Bar-B-Que on Washington Avenue (US 51). This family run establishment has been in business for decades and features pork bar-b-que that can't be beaten -- and their spicy sauce is a home-made treat.
  • Magnolia Manor -- a historic mansion on Washington Avenue (US 51) that has been turned into a house museum featuring Victoria Era artifacts of the region. It is one of the more memorable house museums that I have toured.
  • U.S. Customs House -- one of the few inland U.S. Customs Houses on Washington Avenue (US 51), this is now a museum of International Trade. It provides some interesting insights into the importance of the two rivers in the commerce of this region.
  • The Riverlore Mansion -- another Victorian mansion on Washington Avenue (US 51) that is operated as a museum that focuses upon river life during the Victorian era.
  • Fort Defiance Park -- this was once a state park but is now run locally. This might be a possibility for a group photo of the Caravan at Cairo -- the views from the park are spectacular.
There were once many more points of interest in Cairo, but the years have not been kind to this community.

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I followed a few links on Fort Defiance to the Sons of the South website. Looks like Fort Defiance was an extremely strategic warfare site. It is also Illinois' lowest site in elevation, and southernmost area. We could easily make it to Kentucky at a minimum on the caravan.

Contacting the chamber of commerce for Cairo has been slow. I have left messages, but no returned calls. I will be in touch with the Highway patrol about the caravan as well.

On a side note, I have been in touch with a few performance troupes about performing some native African dance routines or African drum presentations. More on that later.

If my math serves me correctly, we currently have six trailers ready to go for this event. It's a great start, so let's keep the information flowing.

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My wife is from Cape. I think she will do this one. I will just for that cool hat.
The apple orchards by Jackson will just beginning to produce and the covered bridge and mill at Burfordsville...what a photo op.
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I had to google map the area to see what Mr. Ranch was referring to.

Quite a picturesque place.









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