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irish44j
irish44j UltimaDork
9/15/18 4:40 p.m.
mazdeuce - Seth said:

I've been around the country a fair bit. The only part of the US that I've not explored is the East Coast from about South Carolina to Newfoundland. The whole west from southern Alaska to central Mexico. You can't see it all. You never see it all, but I've put on a bunch of miles. 

Driving at night on a trip like this sucks. As soon as it gets dark you're missing something. Sometimes it's ok, things like berkeley Kansas, but for the most part I'd rather be up at 5:00 AM and on the road as things just start getting light. 

I hate campgrounds. HATE THEM. Mostly that's because I dislike people randomly wanting to chat with me and that only goes up after 12 hours of driving. The more interesting your car or you are as a person the more they want to talk. Hell, I'd walk up to a 924 with a roof top tent and chat. I like E36 M3ty hotels. $40 a night type hotels where getting fleas or stabbed is a possibility. Nobody talks to me at a $40 hotel. Ever. 

It's more fun with a co-driver. At least for me. 

haha for sure. I'm not a huge fan of night driving for a variety of reasons (including my odd fear of wildlife crossing the road). I've run the whole east coast pretty much multiple times so ready to see a new area. Good point about campgrounds though haha.....though not sure if I want to find the fleas/stabbing motels either!

irish44j
irish44j UltimaDork
9/16/18 10:21 p.m.

So today I completed my "road trip" in-car audio/GPS/map setup that I've been fiddling with for a while. If anyone wants to read about it, I made a separate thread about it: https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/grm/adding-modern-music-to-an-old-car-heres-my-100-solution/143156/page1/

Because I cannot drive anywhere without music.

I also added a 1" spacer to my steering wheel Hub (Momo hub with Momo Monte Carlo wheel), since I found that the wheel position was a bit too far away for me to comfortably be able to hold the wheel by the left spoke with my elbow on the rest, and my arm was getting tired on long trips from that. Can't have that for cross-country!

Also doing a carbon of this thread on the Pelican 924/944 forum, since those guys have a lot of knowledge on car-specific things that I need to keep in mind. Turns out several guys have done recent XC trips in 944s, and also one guy in an '88 924S (also red) . so that's cool. 

Aaron_King
Aaron_King PowerDork
9/18/18 10:07 a.m.

Last summer my Dad went from Canton Ohio to San Francisco using as much of Route 30 as he could find.  He did it by himself, in a 9-3 vert with 230K miles on it and he was 71 at the time, being retired is nice.  

I enjoy driving by myself, a book playing, no one else to worry about but at the same time it is fun sharing the adventure with someone too. 

Anyway, sounds like a cool trip with a cool car so however you end up doing it I am sure you will have a blast.

irish44j
irish44j UltimaDork
9/26/18 8:22 p.m.

So one of my big pre-trip ideas was the parcel shelf/storage bin to replace the rear seats. So this week I got it done. I made another thread with more "construction details," but here are a few shots. I plan to get some kind of lockable latch for it so it's (kind of) secure. I think it'll come in extremely useful. 

GamblinMike
GamblinMike New Reader
10/5/18 8:52 a.m.

In reply to irish44j :

Just a note on the route. I have never driven across country until last year, when I bought my 996 in Paso Robles California, then drove it on the "southern" route back to NJ. Your northern root looks fun, once you get past Iowa (I have done that trip many times) but I cannot emphasize enough how much fun the Cali to Texas route was on old Route 66. We were a little pressed for time, so we couldn't do too much site seeing, but holy cow, it was eye opening. Driving out of the desert of california into the high desert of Flagstaff, then down into the lowlands of Oklahoma and Texas was like driving on a different planet. Just amazing. Anyway, our route went:

Paso Robles > Flagstaff > Amarillo > Little Rock > Nashville > Home.

irish44j
irish44j UltimaDork
10/9/18 9:18 p.m.
GamblinMike said:

In reply to irish44j :

Just a note on the route. I have never driven across country until last year, when I bought my 996 in Paso Robles California, then drove it on the "southern" route back to NJ. Your northern root looks fun, once you get past Iowa (I have done that trip many times) but I cannot emphasize enough how much fun the Cali to Texas route was on old Route 66. We were a little pressed for time, so we couldn't do too much site seeing, but holy cow, it was eye opening. Driving out of the desert of california into the high desert of Flagstaff, then down into the lowlands of Oklahoma and Texas was like driving on a different planet. Just amazing. Anyway, our route went:

Paso Robles > Flagstaff > Amarillo > Little Rock > Nashville > Home.

cool., I'm definitely taking down notes and suggestions (and for any friends who ride with me on diffferent legs, they'll obviously get a say as well). This whole plan came from Nonack's fly-and-drive back on Rt66, so that is definitely one part I don't plan to miss.

2002maniac
2002maniac Dork
10/15/18 4:38 p.m.

I think you'd be crazy to skip this Utah National Parks ROUTE!

The Grand canyon is cool and all, but you can only see anything neat if you're standing on the rim looking in (unless you hike down into the canyon, although I don't know if you would take the time on this kind of trip)

Every single mile of the route shown above is scenic beyond belief.  There's some seriously rad country through there.  If you were in a hurry, you could bypass Moab (Arches and Canyonlands Natl Parks) and continue east on I70 towards Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

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