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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Road trip in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Three days up, three days in and around Glacier National Park, three days back. All state and US highways, no ...
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    Road trip

    Three days up, three days in and around Glacier National Park, three days back.
    All state and US highways, no interstates (except to get out of the Bay Area).
    4 to 395 to 20 to 95 to Old Spiral Highway to 12 to 93 to 35 to 208 to 93 to 2 on the way up;
    2 to 206 to 35 to 83 to 20 to 93 to 50 to 89 to 88 on the way back.

    So much fun; so much speed; so few LEO sightings. One very close call, part of an epic Friday spent crossing Nevada which I may describe later when I've had time to gather thoughts.

    3114 miles, 15.8mpg, 58.6mph.

    Just me and a co-driver out and back; met family for the time at Glacier, whereupon I learned the utility of back seats. Going to the Sun Road in a CTS with an UltraRoof is a pretty grand affair.

    The CTS-V just owns the road. So comfortable, so controllable, so quick. What a marvelous machine.

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    Re: Road trip

    15.8?

    If you were driving it properly, you would have had more like 12mpg. haha.

    Sounds like fun!

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    Re: Road trip

    Lots of straights and gentle curves. Lots of sustained speed, and very little traffic in the way.

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    Re: Road trip

    I love me some road trip. Especially in a V Wagon. Mmmmm, mmmmmm!

    Glad you had fun. A few downshifts to 4th to pass on a 2-lane U.S. highway is all it takes to stir the soul in this car.

    A few scenery pics when you get the chance, if you please.

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    I miss my V powered road trips...

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    Re: Road trip

    Last month I drove mine from Wichita, KS to Montgomery, AL. Managed 17.95 MPG according to the Fuelly App while going 9 MPH over the whole way. Awesome ride! I'll head back to KS later this week.

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    Re: Road trip

    The LS9 is so burly, most of the time selecting your passing gear is just a matter of deciding how far down the boy-racer scale you want to go. Third makes the most ruckus and ends things the quickest; sixth is like spinning up a turbine.

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    Re: Road trip

    Here's a few photos from the trip:

    Roadtrip: it's a gas!
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    ROFLMAO! I love those shots! I wish I'd thought to do that on my 4k mile road trip back in June.

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    Re: Road trip

    Awesome trip. I'd love to take my V to Yellowstone and the Tetons. I can say this with certainty: The drive from Chicago to Naples FL via the Tail of the Dragon in my V was the single best long distance drive I've ever taken. Not once was I tired of driving, tired of sitting, sore, stiff or exhausted. I think I could have turned around and done it two more times.

    These cars eat highway for breakfast. Not only was I carving the 'dragon' in the wagon but it was loaded with my guitar, camera gear, prized espresso machine and grinder, a box of random valuable items, and a huge fire extinguisher the movers wouldn't put on the truck...all strapped down tight and going along for the ride.

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    Re: Road trip

    Obviously that's not all the fuel stops. But honestly the drivers needed to stop more frequently than the car -- my co-driver is obsessed about staying hydrated, which means The Peepee Dance every 90 minutes or so. I just kept forgetting to snap a photo while topping up. Shame, because I could have gotten a 16-month calendar out of the trip

    I do have some photos that are not of gas stations -- too many, really. My next pass will be to pick out the other-car pics, including a red 82 Escort.

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