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JD McGee
10-03-2010, 02:21 PM
My wife and I will be hauling our comp trailer out to Lynchburg and would like to hit a couple of top BBQ joints along the way...perhaps even hook up with a brethren or two. Here is our itinerary...if anyone has a great BBQ joint in mind or if you just want to say hi please chime in.

Saturday 16 October...Bozeman, Montana
Sunday 17 October...Mitchell, South Dakota
Monday 18 October...Columbia, Missouri
Tuesday 19 October...Manchester, Tennessee

We're looking forward to hooking up with family and friends and eating some good q along the way...hope to see you all at "The Jack"...:cool:

JD & Rhana

ThomEmery
10-03-2010, 05:26 PM
enjoy it Brother

JD McGee
10-03-2010, 09:24 PM
enjoy it Brother

Thanks Thom...we're really looking forward to it.

smoke it if ya got it
10-03-2010, 11:03 PM
Good luck J.D. and have fun! I'll be cheering you guy's on! Cant wait to start getting Michaels (NW BBQ) play by plays.

Bride of Roo(BQ'n)
10-04-2010, 02:02 PM
Mitchell SD...really?

Plowboy
10-04-2010, 02:33 PM
Scotty D lives near Mitchell, SD.

getyourrubonbbq
10-04-2010, 03:07 PM
I'll be over and staying in Manchester on the 22nd. Looking forward to being there.

JD McGee
10-04-2010, 06:44 PM
Mitchell SD...really?

Yep...really really...:thumb: We're staying the night at the Quality Inn there...then taking a little side trip up to check out Mt. Rushmore...:cool: I hear there is a big Polka festival at the Cow Palace that weekend...that could be a hoot...:becky:

Scotty D lives near Mitchell, SD.

Cool...perhaps he will recommend a good place for dinner. :-P

JD McGee
10-04-2010, 06:47 PM
I'll be over and staying in Manchester on the 22nd. Looking forward to being there.

Cool...I hope to run in to you James...if not at the motel then at the Jack. :-P Are you bringing any new "toys" with you? :becky:

getyourrubonbbq
10-04-2010, 07:09 PM
Cool...I hope to run in to you James...if not at the motel then at the Jack. :-P Are you bringing any new "toys" with you? :becky:

Swinestone Cowboys trailer will be there and he will be with I hope I get this right, apologies if I don't Wolfy and the Hog Heaters.. if I have a chance to get it finished in time I may ask if they mind if I leave the new Extreme Smoker with them to do some trial runs on that weekend as its debut:wink:

Wyley
10-05-2010, 07:52 AM
Check out Martin's BBQ in Nolensville, TN. Nolensville is just south of Nashville on HWY. 41.

http://www.martinsbbqjoint.com/

Paul

Bride of Roo(BQ'n)
10-05-2010, 01:16 PM
Yep...really really...:thumb: We're staying the night at the Quality Inn there...then taking a little side trip up to check out Mt. Rushmore...:cool: I hear there is a big Polka festival at the Cow Palace that weekend...that could be a hoot...:becky:



Cool...perhaps he will recommend a good place for dinner. :-P


Scotty D lives in Huron, 50 miles from Mitchell....but your side trip concerns me more...Mitchell is 300 miles from Mt Rushmore, you going there on your way in from Montana I hope (vs backtracking for a side trip). Good luck JD...safe travels.

JD McGee
10-05-2010, 03:38 PM
Scotty D lives in Huron, 50 miles from Mitchell....but your side trip concerns me more...Mitchell is 300 miles from Mt Rushmore, you going there on your way in from Montana I hope (vs backtracking for a side trip). Good luck JD...safe travels.

Hmmm...I`ll have to check with my navigator on that one...perhaps she meant on the way...300 miles is a helluva backtrack. Thanks Char!

JD McGee
10-05-2010, 07:01 PM
Yup...I was wrong...we'll be hitting Mt. Rushmore on the way back...stopping in Rapid City, SD for the evening. :redface:

JD McGee
10-10-2010, 10:34 AM
Check out Martin's BBQ in Nolensville, TN. Nolensville is just south of Nashville on HWY. 41.

http://www.martinsbbqjoint.com/

Paul

Got the address in my GPS...looks like a cool place. Thanks Paul! :cool:

JD McGee
10-10-2010, 10:37 AM
"I hear there is a big Polka festival at the Cow Palace that weekend...that could be a hoot...:becky:"

Oops...my wife just informed me that it is the "Corn Palace"...my apologies to the Mitchell SD folks...:redface:

smknwhlswife
10-10-2010, 10:51 AM
I don't think we will run into you until Lynchburg. Unless you make a stop in KC on your way to Columbia.

JD McGee
10-10-2010, 11:58 AM
I don't think we will run into you until Lynchburg. Unless you make a stop in KC on your way to Columbia.

Hi Kim...we were hoping to hit a good bbq place in or near KC...any suggestions?

smknwhlswife
10-10-2010, 12:06 PM
I would suggest Oklahoma Joe's and/or Smokin Guns.

JD McGee
10-10-2010, 12:10 PM
My wife just finished booking the motels for our return trip...if we don't catch up with anyone on the way out...perhaps on the way back...:-P

Here's our return trip itinerary...

10/25/2010 St. Joseph, MO
10/26/2010 Rapid City, SD
10/27/2010 Missoula, MT

JD McGee
10-10-2010, 12:11 PM
I would suggest Oklahoma Joe's and/or Smokin Guns.

Thanks Kim!

JD McGee
10-16-2010, 08:45 AM
Here we go...:clap2::clap2::clap2:

dgassaway
10-16-2010, 04:40 PM
Safe travels JD and Rhanna. We pull out behind you on Monday. See you in Lynchburg!

JD McGee
10-17-2010, 12:21 AM
We arrived alive and whooped in Bozeman, MT after 13 hours and 3 mountain ranges...Cascades...Bitter Roots...and Rockies...averaged 9 MPG along the way...:shocked:...that's gonna make a dent in the ol wallet...:tsk:

Absolutely beautiful weather and scenery to boot...next stop...Mitchell, SD...:becky:

bbqbull
10-17-2010, 07:58 AM
We arrived alive and whooped in Bozeman, MT after 13 hours and 3 mountain ranges...Cascades...Bitter Roots...and Rockies...averaged 9 MPG along the way...:shocked:...that's gonna make a dent in the ol wallet...:tsk:

Absolutely beautiful weather and scenery to boot...next stop...Mitchell, SD...:becky:

Consider it a trip of a lifetime JD.

Everyone going to the Jack have a safe trip going and returning home.
Have fun and good luck to everybody!

JD McGee
10-17-2010, 08:18 AM
Consider it a trip of a lifetime JD.

Everyone going to the Jack have a safe trip going and returning home.
Have fun and good luck to everybody!

Thanks Bull...it most definitely is...:thumb:

MrSmoker
10-17-2010, 08:32 AM
Have a safe trip JD and keep an eye on that trailer. Maybe you should have a boot for the trailer wheel. It seems like a lot of trailers are getting stolen.

JD McGee
10-17-2010, 08:39 AM
Have a safe trip JD and keep an eye on that trailer. Maybe you should have a boot for the trailer wheel. It seems like a lot of trailers are getting stolen.

Thanks man...I have a lock on the receiver and the hitch...at least I can slow them down. But ya know...if a thief really wants your rig...there ain't much you can do about it...:tsk:

Kevin
10-17-2010, 08:43 AM
We arrived alive and whooped in Bozeman, MT after 13 hours and 3 mountain ranges...Cascades...Bitter Roots...and Rockies...averaged 9 MPG along the way...:shocked:...that's gonna make a dent in the ol wallet...:tsk:

Absolutely beautiful weather and scenery to boot...next stop...Mitchell, SD...:becky:

You'll be among us flatlanders soon and your mileage should improve.:becky:
Good luck.

JD McGee
10-17-2010, 09:23 AM
You'll be among us flatlanders soon and your mileage should improve.:becky:
Good luck.

LOL! That's fer sure...I normally get 15 or so pullin' the trailer but those mountain grades sure suck it up...and I'm only runnin' 60-65 mph on average.

smknwhlswife
10-17-2010, 10:24 AM
Safe Travels!!!

swamprb
10-17-2010, 05:52 PM
LOL! That's fer sure...I normally get 15 or so pullin' the trailer but those mountain grades sure suck it up...and I'm only runnin' 60-65 mph on average.

Lead Foot Smoke!

JD McGee
10-18-2010, 09:50 AM
Longest leg of the journey yesterday...800 miles...15 hours...avg. speed 60-65 mph...ain't even goin' there on the gas mileage...:rolleyes: Rain most of the day intil late afternoon...elevation dropped from 6000 to 1800...:cool: The geograhpy was awesome...so many different terrains. Next stop...Columbis MO...only 500 miles today...WOOHOO! Lookin' to hit Smokin' Guns BBQ on the way...pics to come later.

Time to go! :becky:

JD

swamprb
10-18-2010, 06:24 PM
Where you at Willis??

I'd call, but with my luck it'll cost you another $125!

JD McGee
10-19-2010, 07:23 AM
Where you at Willis??

I'd call, but with my luck it'll cost you another $125!

Columbia, MO...at least for the next hour or so...then it's on to Tennessee...:clap2::clap2::clap2: Pretty cool day yesterday...dropping down from South Dakota into Iowa then in to Missouri. Crossing the Mighty Missouri River was cool too. We hit Kansas City at rush hour...:shocked:...those folks are in a hurry to get home! :becky:

Weather was great...sunny and 60-70...lot's of road construction on I-29 from Sioux Falls down to just north of KC...FYI...

Next stop...Lynchburg! :thumb: Pics are coming...

JD

smknwhlswife
10-19-2010, 09:25 AM
We hit Kansas City at rush hour...:shocked:...those folks are in a hurry to get home! :becky:

That's why we will be trying to leave before rush hour starts. :wink:

JD McGee
10-19-2010, 09:29 PM
That's why we will be trying to leave before rush hour starts. :wink:

Smart move...:thumb:

JD McGee
10-19-2010, 09:39 PM
We arrived safe and sound in Manchester, TN this evening...20 miles from Lynchburg. :becky: Great drive through from Columbia, MO...got to see the Gateway Arch in St. louis...crossed the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers...and got a great view of the Nashville skyline on I-24. Had a great catfish dinner at O'Charlie's in Manchester along with a few cold ones and a shot of Gentleman Jack or two for luck...:becky: Dropping off the trailer in Lynchburg tomorrow morning then on to McMinnville to show my wife where I grew up...:cool: Pics are coming...really...:wink:

JD

Harbormaster
10-20-2010, 09:59 AM
JD -
Thanks for all of the updates on your trip. I am going to live vicariously through you, Rhanna, and SwamprB this week. No pressure though!
Looking forward to the pics.
Cook well!

gtsum
10-20-2010, 12:35 PM
sounds like a great time!

JD McGee
10-20-2010, 09:26 PM
This is awesome...got to meet MooCow, Kosmo, and D-Gas while setting up camp...back to the hotel and a regular guest greeted me with a bottle of Gentleman Jack for luck...talk about Southern hospitality...:thumb:

Busy day tomorrow...lunch at Mary Bobo's...tour of the distillery...pick up our barrel head...finish setting up camp...then dinner with my brother, sister, and nephew...:cool:

bbqbull
10-20-2010, 09:55 PM
Awesome reception JD!
Like I said before.......trip of a lifetime, enjoy!

JD McGee
10-21-2010, 09:37 AM
Pics of our trip so far can be seen here...CLICK (http://s659.photobucket.com/albums/uu311/SouthPawBBQ/The%20Jack%202010/)...more to come! :-P

leanza
10-21-2010, 11:08 AM
JD and Rhanna. Sounds like your having a blast. Best of luck to you and to all the brothers and sisters at the Jack!

getyourrubonbbq
10-22-2010, 10:39 PM
Made it today about 3PM, met JD and several teams I've been looking forward to meet in person and couldn't ask for a better time. Looking forward to tomorrow and wish everyone competing the BEST OF LUCK!

JD McGee
10-25-2010, 10:51 PM
Arrived safe and somewhat sound in St. Joseph, MO this evening...found a quarter on heads at the gas station earlier and stuck it in my pocket...when we got to our hotel they upgraded us to a whirlpool suite...sweet! :-P So...me and Mrs. JD took full advantage of the situation...:icon_blush:

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu311/SouthPawBBQ/The%20Jack%202010/TheJack2010045.jpg

Ahhhhhhhhhhh.........

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu311/SouthPawBBQ/The%20Jack%202010/TheJack2010049.jpg

Windy as heck today...more winds to come tomorrow...lookin' at snow when we hit the Montana passes...woohoo! :tsk:

JD McGee
10-27-2010, 08:00 AM
White knuckle driving day yesterday...all day long...serious 40-60 mph side and head winds whippin' us all over the place. Arrived safe and a bit frazzled in Rapid City, SD around 7pm last night. Up an at 'em early this morning expecting more of the same with some snow in the mix until early evening...woohoo! Hopefully we'll run out of it sooner than later.

MrSmoker
10-27-2010, 08:27 AM
Stay safe Brother.

dgassaway
10-27-2010, 08:48 AM
I think the wind will let off some around Duvall. Safe travels.

JD McGee
10-29-2010, 08:53 AM
Made it home safe and sound yesterday...holy moly...what an amazing road trip! :-P I hope to be able to do it all over again real soon! :becky: Here are the pics...CLICK (http://cid-69a981ac1bee9017.photos.live.com/browse.aspx/The%20Jack%202010)...video is coming! :cool:

dgassaway
10-29-2010, 09:54 AM
Glad you made it home safe and sound. The Jack would not have been the same with out you guys. I don't know what your doing next October but why don't we try to meet back at spot 44 and 43?

BTW those are awesome photos...thanks for sharing.

JD McGee
10-29-2010, 10:15 AM
Glad you made it home safe and sound. The Jack would not have been the same with out you guys. I don't know what your doing next October but why don't we try to meet back at spot 44 and 43?

BTW those are awesome photos...thanks for sharing.

Thanks David! :-P Sounds like a plan! :thumb:

smoke it if ya got it
10-29-2010, 12:15 PM
Glad you guy's made it back in one piece. Great pics almost like I was there! Thanks for posting and keeping us up to date on the trip. I sure was jealous when I watched the sattelite feed. :-D