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January, 2020 Update
   Happy New Year from Blessed Byways tours to all of our friends and travel partners. And with that greeting Charlotte and I wish to extend a heartfelt thanks to you for making 2019 our best year in the travel business. And if our Heavenly Father gives the health and strength needed, we plan on 2020 being even better. And it is our joy to be able to serve you.

     I will remind you that getting deposits in early is the key. Once I have the deposit, you will get a conformation letter assuring you that you are on the tour. Two trips have sold out already for 2020 - Baseball 2 - Kansas City and St. Louis - September 9-11 and Costal Trains of New England - October 3 - 13 2020.

Looking ahead to 2020:

April 27 – May 7: Marines, International Tattoo, & Outer Banks: 
    Due to the distance traveled, we will break this tour up with some special attractions. Those attractions include the Paducah Flood Wall Murals, the Billy Graham Library and Museum, the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the lighted Memorial tour in Washington DC, a twilight dinner cruise on the Spirit of Peoria and more. The projected cost for the tour that I will try to meet is; $1,645 double, $2,265 single and $1,475 for a triple. A $200 deposit required. Contact us for a final itinerary is you need one.

May 20 & 21 Baseball 1: Twin Cities and Milwaukee: 
    I have not been to the new Target Field in the Twin Cities and I would like to go there for our first baseball tour of the summer. The Twins play the Baltimore Orioles in an afternoon game on the 20th. The next morning we head down the Interstate to Milwaukee for an afternoon game between the Brewers and the Yankees. We will come home after the game. I know that there are Twins and Yankee fans in the area, so here is your chance. I project a cost of $299 each for a double, $379 for a single and $269 for a triple. A $50 deposit holds your spot. 

June 5 to 13 – Burdell’s 80th Birthday Tour to Switzerland: 
    This will be a spectacular tour as we circle Switzerland. I have talked to folks that have done this tour and the report is that the tour offers unmatched beauty. If you have not received an itinerary and pricing, please contact us and we will get it to you. We have room for a few more on this tour and we need to hear from you soon. 

    July 1 & 2 – Browns Century Theatre in Le Mars, IA.: We are going to go back to Le Mars for the Browns Patriotic show and Drama Production. I will be adding another attraction on the way home and of course, the Well’s Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor will be on the agenda. I have not set a final price yet, but I am projecting a cost of around $250 for a double, $299 for a single and $219 for a triple. A $50 deposit holds your spot. ***NOTE*** We are planning on taking two busses to this event. One bus will leave from Oskaloosa with pickups in Pella, Monroe and Altoona. The second bus will leave from Cedar Falls with pickups along highway 20. 

July 15 – Circa 21 “The Beauty and the Beast”: 
    Many of you enjoy this stately old theatre, the quality productions and the delicious food that is served. We are retuning for “The Beauty and the Beast” with the tour starting in Altoona and passing through Pella and Oskaloosa on the way to Rock Island, IL. The cost of the tour will be $115 with a $25 deposit holding your spot.

July 29 to Aug. 1 – Lebanon Gospel Music Get Together: 
     After missing this event last year, we are going back to Lebanon for a spectacular Gospel Music weekend featuring the top groups in Southern Gospel Music today. Some area attractions will be added to the tour. I will have a complete itinerary soon. I hope to be able to do the tour for around $500 for a double, $639 for a single and $429 for a triple. A $50 deposit will secure your spot on the tour. The tour will begin in Altoona and pass through Pella, Oskaloosa and points south. 

 Aug. 15: Booth Brothers @ Riverview Conference Center Cedar Falls –
     The Booth Brothers, one of the most popular groups in Southern Gospel Music, will be in concert in the air conditioned event center on the grounds of the Riverview Conference Center in Cedar Falls. The tour will leave from Oskaloosa and make pickups in New Sharon and Grinnell on the way. We will do the ticket, meal and bus for $89 with $25 holding your spot.

Sept. 9 to 11 - Baseball 2 to Kansas City and St. Louis: 
    This will be a popular tour as we go to Kansas City first for an evening game between the Royals and the Oakland A’s. Before the game we will make an afternoon visit to the Negro Baseball Hall of Fame. We lodge in the Kansas City area and leave the next morning for St. Louis where we take in a night game between the Cardinals and the Cubs. On the way to St. Louis the plan is to stop at Warm Springs Ranch where the Clydesdales are raised that are used in the Budwiser eight horse hitch. We lodge in the St. Louis area and leave for home the next morning. A luncheon cruise on the Mississippi in Hannibal is on tap for the way home. The projected cost for the tour is $429 for a double, $539 for a single and $389 for a triple. SOLD OUT Waiting list being taken.

Sept. 22-24: Three Day Mystery Tour – 
    This should be another quality “Mystery Tour”. While I can’t say much about it, the tour will be filled with neat attractions. The tour will begin in Altoona and work the I-80 corridor, making pickups in Newton, Grinnell, Iowa City and points east. I do not have a price set, but I am projecting it to be somewhere around $450. A deposit of $50 will hold your spot.

Oct. 3 to 13 – Trains of New England:     
    This will be a stunning fall color tour in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts.  We will be using our tour bus for excursions off of the train.  Places we visit include a city tour of Boston, the coastal villages of Kennebunkport, Maine, the Conway Scenic Railway, the White Mountains with a gondola ride to the summit of Loon Mountain, the Winnipesauke Railroad Turkey Dinner Train and the charm and delights of Old Cape Cod. Many other attractions will delight your fall color fancies. On the way home we will get to Niagara Falls the first day on the road. We plan on doing the Maid of the Mist for those who wish to and we will view the falls under the lights. The cost of the tour is $2300 for a double, $2930 for a single and $2120 for a triple. A $200 deposit holds your spot. SOLD OUT -  A waiting list will be taken.

Nov. 16-21 – Ark V: This tour will give a new twist to our usual Ark Encounters. We are going to include the musical “Noah” at Sight and Sound Theatres in a Christmas spectacular. We begin by going as far as Indianapolis the first day and then getting to the Creation Museum on day two. That evening we have dinner at Hillforest Mansion, a splendid Victorian Mansion in all of its Christmas glory. The next morning we go to the Ark. We will leave there at 3:00 p.m. and head west to Evansville, IN where we have dinner at the Amish Buffet and then find lodging. On day four we head for Branson arriving in time for the musical “Noah”. Day five will be a day in Branson beginning with a tour and lunch at Dogwood Canyon,” followed by an afternoon show with the Duttons and an evening show with the Presleys. We head home on day six with a stop in Sedalia for lunch at Kehdes Barbeque followed by a stop at the Miller Pecan Farm for a little shopping. I am estimating a price of $849 for a double, $1059 for a single and $769 for a triple. A $100 deposit holds your spot.

Dec. 28 – Jan 3: Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena CA –
     We did this tour five years ago and I would like to do it once more. It is a stunningly beautiful tour with several neat attractions added. I will have an itinerary and pricing by the next update. But I would like to know of your interest soon so that we can determine if it is possible to do.

  As we look forward to 2021, we are planning Charlotte’s 80th birthday party during Tulip Time in the Netherlands in April and we are planning to return to the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge. Also on the docket is a return to the Inland of Alaska in September. That will be just the beginning as we are dreaming of other tours.  

  More tours will be added to 2020 as they come available. We thank you so much for your support of Blessed Byways tours and we cherish our time with you. You all are the ones that make these tours such a blessing. 

Burdell & Charlotte Hensley Burdell’s Cell 641-670-0190
1302 North E St. Charlotte’s Cell 641-295-0757
Oskaloosa, IA. 52577 hensley@mahaska.org

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