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May, 2020 Update
       Willie Nelson sang, “On the road again, just can’t wait to get on the road again.” And that sums up my feelings. I have had it with this Chinese flu and it has put the travel business in the tank. But my losses are minor compared to others. God has continued to supply all of our needs just as He has promised.  
      I am frustrated in the fact that I can’t answer many of your questions until those above me make decisions. I can tell you for sure that the baseball tour to the Twin Cities and Milwaukee is off. I will try and reschedule, but again nothing is sure until we know what Major League Baseball is going to do. If we can’t make it work, I will refund.
      The Switzerland tour is postponed. Our airline tickets have been paid for and the airlines will allow us to move our date back to between Oct. 19 & 30. I was notified of that Wednesday afternoon. I need to know how many of you that are signed up can go during that time and how many can’t. Also if there are some who could not go in June, but would like to join us in October, I need to know that soon. If Cruises and Tours can’t make the October dates work, there is a possibility of going next year. 
      The “Embark to the Ark” tour that we are doing for 99.3 Radio in Des Moines June 22 – 25 is off. We are trying to reschedule that as well. If we can’t make it work, I will refund.
      For those of you that have not been to the Ark, we are doing “Ark Encounter V” as a Christmas tour, Nov. 16-21 next fall. Not only will the tour feature the Creation Museum and the Ark, but the Musical “Noah” at Sight and Sound Theatre in Branson along with other attractions that will be added. Contact us for a final itinerary if you need one. This will be a great one. 
      On all of our tours we commit ourselves to keeping you as safe as possible. 

2020 Tours

May 20 & 21 Baseball 1: Twin Cities and Milwaukee - Postponed 
June 5 to 13 – Burdell’s 80th Birthday Tour to Switzerland: - Postponed
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. The cost of the tour is $249 for a double, $329 for a single and $219 for a triple. A $50 deposit holds your spot. This may not go, but for now it is on. It may be only one bus, as I have had very little response from Cedar Falls. Go ahead and sign up and we will see how it shakes out. 

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. This one is on for now and I can take just a few more. Let’s see how this plays out in the next couple of months.

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. The cost of the tour is; $599 for a double, $779 for a single and $519 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. Contact us if you need an itinerary. 
  All tours from here on to the end of the year are on, but subject to change. 

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 afternoon game between the Royals and the Oakland A’s. After the game we will make a 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 cost for the tour is $429 for a double, $539 for a single and $389 for a triple. A $50 deposit holds your spot on the tour. At this point, we are sold out, but we will take a waiting list.

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 and great variety. The tour will begin in Altoona and work the I-80 corridor, making pickups in Newton, Grinnell, Iowa City and points east. The final price of the tour is; $539 each for a double, $649 for a single and $499 for a triple. A deposit of $50 will hold your spot.

Oct. 3 to 13 – Trains of New England: I am working on a stunning fall color tour in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts with Nancy Hickey of Berkshire Tours. Nancy put together our 4th of July with the Boston Pops tour several years ago and she does a fine job. 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. This tour is sold out and we have over 40 folks that have expressed interest to be on a waiting list. We are doing the tour again next year and the dates are Oct 9 - 19. I can take signups for the tour anytime and $200 will be the deposit. The final price has not yet been set. 

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 the Indianapolis area 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 Presley’s. We head home on day six with a stop in Sedalia for lunch at Kehde’s Barbeque followed by a stop at the Miller Pecan Farm for a little shopping. The final price came in over my estimate and it is $975 each for a double, $1269 for a single and $869 for a triple. 

Dec. 28 – Jan 3: Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena CA – We did this tour five years ago and I want to do it again. It is a stunningly beautiful tour with several neat attractions added. We have the final itinerary and pricing. Contact us if you would like a copy.

  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. Another mailing will not happen until July. Monthly information can be received by email or at our web site. 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. We miss you all so much and long to see you again. 

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