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Jim Pettengill
Jim Pettengill HalfDork
11/29/18 9:38 a.m.

Be careful - if you're going I-40 after you get south of Colorado, remember that Albuquerque is as high as Denver, and the road rises east of there - around 7000 feet at Clines Corners, an hour east of ALB.  Also, if you're running between Farmington and ALB,that road is also high and really, really lonely.  This storm could be nasty through Sunday, if the Weather Channel is right (difficult to predict in this part of the country, particularly southwestern Colorado).  You won't get to "lower" elevations until you hit Texas if you're on I-40.

davefla
davefla New Reader
11/29/18 9:43 a.m.
bmw88rider said:

In reply to mazdeuce - Seth :

Seth, 

I used a mount in the front tow hook socket on Betty. It works like a champ and keeps me legal. I don't remember the brand. I bought it at a car show in BC a couple years ago when I was there. Here is one like what I used that I pulled up quick. 

https://www.cravenspeed.com/the-platypus-license-plate-mount-1/

That is a neat, well thought out solution - and a better video. I should've been expecting the bucket of water... 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
11/29/18 10:10 a.m.
Jim Pettengill said:

Be careful - if you're going I-40 after you get south of Colorado, remember that Albuquerque is as high as Denver, and the road rises east of there - around 7000 feet at Clines Corners, an hour east of ALB.  Also, if you're running between Farmington and ALB,that road is also high and really, really lonely.  This storm could be nasty through Sunday, if the Weather Channel is right (difficult to predict in this part of the country, particularly southwestern Colorado).  You won't get to "lower" elevations until you hit Texas if you're on I-40.

I agree and we're watching. We can stay on the west side of the mountians all the way down to I10 if we need to. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
11/29/18 10:17 a.m.

Man, this is exciting already and it's still Thursday.

llysgennad
llysgennad New Reader
11/29/18 12:15 p.m.

Sorry to hear you've been relegated to "delivery guy"sad

If you stay on 191 to Chinle, AZ  then Canyon de Chelly Nat'l Monument is good for a look.

Or if you go east near Raton, NM you can drift your way up the side of a volcano at Capulin.

Vigo
Vigo UltimaDork
11/29/18 12:20 p.m.

We have several In n Outs  in Dallas and tons of Dallafornians to keep them filled. 

Similar situation in San Antonio. We have two. The one on the NE side of town is only as busy as you would expect for the price/quality, which is to say it's busy but not to the point that I avoid it. I like their food well enough and when i lived near it i went there every few weeks. 

The other one, though... That one is on the NW side which is where all the California ex-pats land after they give up living on the bleeding edge of the dying American Dream. That one is so busy I have never once bought anything from it.   

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
11/29/18 12:34 p.m.

In reply to llysgennad :

We've actually been to both of those places. The whole family was at Canyon de Chelly two Thanksgivings ago and the boys and I hit Capulin on our way north two summers before that. 

While waiting in the car rider line this morning deucekid#4 asked me if we were going to see any ice like kid#2 and I saw on the 911 trip. He's been carrying this picture around in his head as he thinks of this weekend. I'm happy he gets to add to his own memories starting tomorrow. 

AnthonyGS
AnthonyGS Reader
11/29/18 12:42 p.m.

In reply to llysgennad :

Raton pass elevation is 7800 ft or so, I'd avoid that if this storm is going to be anywhere near Denver southern Co. 

 

AnthonyGS
AnthonyGS Reader
11/29/18 12:43 p.m.

In reply to Vigo :

I was born in SA.  When I'm there visiting family and want a burger I go to The Cove or Chris Madrid's.  When I was born way way back... we used to live down in that area. 

 

llysgennad
llysgennad New Reader
11/29/18 1:12 p.m.
mazdeuce - Seth said:

In reply to llysgennad :

We've actually been to both of those places.

Nice. We stopped at both on the way to the Grand Canyon in May. Alas, we did not drift our way to the top (FWD Fusion).  We went home through Moab/Arches. Gorgeous drive.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
11/29/18 1:58 p.m.

Seth -

We have one of those platypus mounts. Let me know if you need it for Texas.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
11/29/18 2:11 p.m.

I have tech update! There was a question at some point about how much weight all the mods add to the car, specifically the turbo kit.

Rufus in stock form weighed 2421 lbs with a full tank of gas. Weight distribution was 50.7 : 49.3.

Rufus in the current form weighs 2478 lbs with a full tank of gas. Weight distribution is 51.1 : 48.9. 

Putting the top down moves about 9 lbs to the back of the car, which is enough to shift 51.1 to 50.7. 

Items that would have affected total weight: turbo kit (duh), brakes (18 lb loss overall!), super-secret test radiator that we've never mentioned in public before, wheels, tires, midpipe, exhaust, factory aero kit and for the rear weight weenies, the rear view camera.

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
11/29/18 2:48 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

It's going to take a lot of my functioning memory to try and remember everything you tell me, isn't it? 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
11/29/18 4:20 p.m.

I don't know about you, but I keep notes wink You think I remember the "before" weight? Heck no.

wheelsmithy
wheelsmithy SuperDork
11/29/18 7:03 p.m.

I love this. I spent my 20's in Durango and New Castle (1 hour East of Keith), and all this gives me the warm fuzzies.  Safe Travels. There are always long ways around to be taken if you stay ahead of the weather. 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
11/29/18 7:56 p.m.

Cookies in the oven. That's a lot of Rolo wrappers. 

We're both packed. Just have to pick up kid#2 from a late night theater thing and then I can lie awake in bed and not be able to fall asleep because I'm so excited. 

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
11/29/18 7:59 p.m.

Have a safe trip you're only fueling my lust for an ND.

spacecadet
spacecadet Reader
11/29/18 9:00 p.m.
mazdeuce - Seth said:

Cookies in the oven. That's a lot of Rolo wrappers. 

We're both packed. Just have to pick up kid#2 from a late night theater thing and then I can lie awake in bed and not be able to fall asleep because I'm so excited. 

OMG, you have a REAL convection heat brushed stainless oven! 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
11/29/18 9:08 p.m.

Seth asked how many people worked at FM for cookie purposes, I told him 100 people. 

bmw88rider
bmw88rider SuperDork
11/29/18 9:09 p.m.

In reply to mazdeuce - Seth :

Don't worry Seth, You won't remember a darn thing. I know I didn't. Between the early morning flight and the excitement of getting a new toy yeah...I think I asked Keith about 50 questions over the next months. 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
11/30/18 5:08 a.m.

5:07. Through security. All is calm at the airport. I'd take a picture of the runways for proof, but it's still very very dark. 

CJ
CJ Reader
11/30/18 5:28 a.m.

In reply to hvoxi :

They are.  Owned by the granddaughter of the founders.  I believe she lives on a ranch outside of Grants Pass, Oregon.

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
11/30/18 8:06 a.m.

This is only Duecekid#4's second plane trip that he can remember. The whole thing is very exciting and he brought his tablet specifically so he could take pictures for Mrs. Deuce. 

Waiting to board the second leg to Grand Junction. Weather doesn't look fantastic on the west side of the mountains, but not bad enough to make us look for a place to hole up. 

chrispy
chrispy HalfDork
11/30/18 8:14 a.m.

I love this story, and the play by play is awesome.  Safe travels!

sleepyhead
sleepyhead Dork
11/30/18 9:18 a.m.
mazdeuce - Seth said:

This is only Duecekid#4's second plane trip that he can remember. The whole thing is very exciting and he brought his tablet specifically so he could take pictures for Mrs. Deuce. 

Waiting to board the second leg to Grand Junction. Weather doesn't look fantastic on the west side of the mountains, but not bad enough to make us look for a place to hole up. 

it's customary to include the wingtip in those phots, if you can... for future reference wink

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