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March 1, 2010

Overland Tours still rolling after 28 years

DALEVILLE — New destinations are on the schedule this year for Overland Tours as the family-owned motor coach tour business begins its 28th year.

Tried and true itineraries are also offered again, sometimes catching the eye of the same passengers year after year.

Frankton resident Linda Reynolds traveled on trips to Branson in 2008 and 2009.

On the first trip she took along her husband and on the second she recruited his sister and brother-in-law as well.

Since different concerts and shows are chosen each year, the trip is always a new experience.

She is considering going again this November.

“They do a really good job planning the shows,” she said, mentioning they saw nine shows in three days. “They get you right up to the door and someone greets you and gets you to your seat. It’s the same thing with the restaurants. Everything goes so smoothly. I like the shows. It gets you in the Christmas mood.”

On a recommendation from her brother, Cindy Shuck, Elwood resident, also chose the Branson tour in 2009.

“My husband and I are of the age that driving is a chore,” she said. “It was wonderful. We didn’t have to wait in line for tickets or to get in — it was all taken care of. I would recommend Overland Tours to anyone. The bus was so nice and they kept us entertained and we felt safe.”

On the bus the travelers were entertained by watching old episodes featuring Johnny Carson and “Candid Camera.”

Kicks on Route 66

On some trips, the scenery outside the windows of the bus is entertainment enough. The Route 66 tour is near and dear to the heart of the owner, Ron Halbert.

“For those who back in the ‘50s and ‘60s that wanted to go to California, the route was Route 66,” he said. “It was an education to me. It’s a walk back into history to see the old buildings of the mom and pop hotels. A lot of them have been restored. We give (the travelers) a 300 page catalogue book with pictures of everything. They take the book as we travel and follow it and can read about what they are seeing as we drive down the highway.”

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