Welcome to the TDR Five-Points Tour
Inspired by a
reminiscent look at a desk drawer full of automotive, RV and motorcycle event
pins, and a motorcycle adventure story called the Four Corners Tour, the TDR
staff has created the Five Points Tour. The Five Points Tour was designed to
give the traveling individual/family a reason to travel and a permanent
keepsake of the adventure. A desk drawer full of pins is nice, but the pins
cant capture the spirit of travel and adventure quite like photographs,
receipts, and letters bound in a handsome coffee table-type book.
Better yet, as the
fraternity of tour participants grows (it will take many years), join these
individuals/families each year at an informal Five Points Tour banquet held
each April in Atlanta, Georgia. (Thinking back, I enjoyed my dinner at my first
annual banquet . . .) Join us. The rules are simple, your events will be
structured and chronicled, and the adventure will be yours to reflect on for a
* * Click here to download .pdf copy of this document. *
Five Points Tour
- This is a travel tour and the
entire distance must be traversed by you (and spouse).
- You are allowed an unlimited amount
of time to complete this event.
- The five (5) official checkpoints
- San Ysidro, California
- Madawaska, Maine
- Key West, Florida
Padre Island, Texas
There are no other checkpoints.
Substitutes are not acceptable.
- You may visit the five checkpoints
in any sequence and by any route that you desire. You do not have to return to
the first checkpoint to finish this event.
- You start the event by visiting the
first checkpoint of your choice and by mailing the required proof-of-visit
information to the TDR office.
- You must mail the following from
each checkpoint to show proof of visit:
- A fuel receipt from a service
station in the checkpoint city. If no stations are open, a receipt from the
nearest open fuel station will be accepted.
- You must take a photo of yourself
and/or spouse at each checkpoint. We suggest parking next to a post office,
building, marker, or anything with the city name in the picture.
| Successful finishers receive all of
their pictures and correspondence from each of the Five Points landmarks for
you to display in the leather-bound Five Points Tour scrapbook on the coffee
table. At the conclusion of your journey the TDR will also sends out a nice
receiver hitch cover. Truly a class event.
The scrapbook/travel book is sent to
you upon registration for the tour. The hitch cover and your proof-of-visit
documents are sent to you upon the tours completion.
As the administrators of this travel
adventure, we hold your Five Point Tour pictures and receipts until the
completion of the tour. But you have an unlimited amount of time to complete
the event. We do not specify that the event be traversed in a particular
vehicle. Thus (although not the intended purpose), you are free to arrive at a
Five Point destination in a rental car. Just send in the picture! Get the idea?
We want you to see these (and other) locations! We want to send you the
completed scrapbook contents as a memento of a completed task. We want you to
enjoy the camaraderie of others as you travel. We want you to have
Side Trip - Bonus Locations:
| As you plan your Five Points Tour
there are many interesting side trips along the travel route. The scrapbook
that we send to you when you sign up for the tour will be large in size to
accommodate additional keepsake items. Use our rule of a
photo-beside-a-checkpoint type marker and a fuel receipt to substantiate other
- San Antonio Remember the Alamo
York City The Big Apple Awaits
- Washington DC Presidential
- Boston Historical Perspectives
- Death Valley
Bottom to Top
- Detroit Motor City Tour
- Arizona, New Mexico,
Four Corners Landmark Chicago to LA
Route 66 Legacy ???
You Add the Adventure
| The rules presented are easy to
understand and there arent any surprises.
To start your Five Points Tour adventure simply send a check
for $35 ($60 for non-TDR members) to: Turbo Diesel Register C/O Five Points
Tour 1150 Samples Industrial Drive Cumming, GA 30041.
Upon receipt of your check we will forward an instruction kit for you to follow
at each of the Five Points destinations. Well also send you the Five
Points Tour scrapbook. Then, we will set-aside a file folder filling it as you
mail in your destination entries. Upon completion of the tour we will forward
the files contents to you. Also, as mentioned, we will send the Five
Points Tour receiver hitch to you upon completion of the trip. Have a safe and
*The Five Points Tour is
an idea that has been adapted from a cross-country 21 day time limit,
motorcycle event. The event is sponsored by the Southern California
Motorcycling Association and is called the USA Four Corners Motorcycle Tour.
Weve changed some of the locations, added a fifth destination and made
the rules much more forgiving. Can you imagine traversing the corners of the
USA in only 21 days? On a motorcycle? I think not!
Should you have a
motorcycle and wish to try covering the four corners of the USA within 21 days,
give the SCMA folks a call at (714) 775-8246 or e-mail them at
TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR TOUR AND
Eat at weird times.
Everyone and their dog eats around 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m.
Carry a spare key. Zip-tie or duct tape it somewhere hidden on your vehicle, or
better yet, give it to a traveling companion.
nearing the end of your driving day, and want to set yourself up for a quick
getaway in the morning, consider driving to the far side of the next city you
reach before you stop for the night, eliminating urban traffic the next
Going on a long, complex trip? Keep yourself organized
with the envelope system. Before you leave, prepare one envelope for each day
on the road. Mark the dates and locations on the outside, then stuff things
like hotel reservation info and lists of things to see inside. Instead of
juggling your entire stack of literature to find the piece you need, you can
just open up that days envelope.
Go ahead, buy that GPS
youve always wanted. Theyre perfect not only for finding yourself,
but also for allowing you the freedom to get lost in the first place.
Youve heard it a million times, but well say it again: look
over your truck carefully every morning on the road. Checking the simple
stuffair pressure, oil level, loose or missing fastenerscan save
you from big trouble.
Stash a little cash somewhere hidden in
the truck or on you, so you can make something happen when all else fails.
Take a look back at where you were parked every time you leave
someplace. Youd be amazed at what you find.
A cell phone
can be a lifesaver in an emergency. You can dial 911 for help anywhere you find
cell service, but youll need to tell a dispatcher where you are. Keep
track of route numbers, interstate exits, towns youve passed,
milepostsanything that can save emergency officials time in getting to
Guidebooks can be invaluable, but these days, a search of
the Internet can add spice to your trip b revealing special-interest locations
most books fail to include. One of the sites weve used is
www.roadsideamerica.com. Worlds largest concrete bison, anyone?
Final one . . . Be sure to carry the TDR Travel Companion book with you.
With the TC help is just a phone call away.