: Well, its been fun.



Jesda
06-02-08, 11:57 AM
As many of you know, a big hobby of mine over the last few years has been taking road trips. I found any excuse to travel, whether it was a car meet or buying a used car in a far-off place.

This morning I paid $3.89 for regular unleaded.

My favorite hobby will have to end, at least until I'm much wealthier. Last year alone I spent about $20,000 seeing the country and it was, without question, worth every single penny. I've seen some great views, driven some fantastic cars, met a lot of great people, and sometimes made it to my destination sometimes with barely a penny and a drop of gas left to go. I've logged on to the forum from really obscure locations.

Scariest was when the power went out all over South Dakota during a nasty ice storm. I took the risk and drove further, hoping a gas station would be open.

Then there was that trip I took to Nashville in 2007 with a DTS. Valet parked at a four-star hotel and ate some fantastic fried chicken.

I saw the Oregon coast, Reagan's burial site, the Grand Canyon, the plains of Texas, and the palm trees of Florida.

I'd do it all again if I could.

Now, its over. Maybe I'll get back into model railroading or local politics. I should probably pay off this car, which is ironically perfect for road trips...

http://jesda.spilky.com/roadtrip2006/southdakota/southdakota200.jpg

Destinations visited:

Los Angeles, CA
Phoenix, AZ
Canon Beach, OR
Portland, OR
Des Moines, IA
Columbia River Gorge
Seattle, WA
Vancouver, BC
Spokane, WA
Coeur d'Alene, ID
Mount Rushmore
Badlands, SD
Chicago, IL
Springfield, IL
Columbia, MO
Oklahoma City, OK
Nashville, TN
New York City, NY
West Orange, NJ
Fayetteville, NC
Memphis, TN
Tampa, FL
Amarillo, TX
Wichita, KS
Kansas City, KS
Columbus, OH
Atlanta, GA
Omaha, NE
Gillette, WY
Sundance, WY
Salt Lake City, UT
Boise, ID
Denver, CO
Tri Cities, WA
Flagstaff, AZ

Most of route 66.

I got to step foot in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Pacific Ocean.

*sigh*

http://jesda.spilky.com/roadtrip2006/portland-seattle/portland-seattle169.jpg

Ranger
06-02-08, 12:37 PM
I'm already paying close to $4.20. I suspect you are not the first nor the last to start curtailing their normal activities. It's a damned shame.

dkozloski
06-02-08, 01:16 PM
You can't stop now. You still have to drive to Alaska and stick your foot in the Arctic Ocean. Hell! You haven't been anywhere. Like Obama says, you have to see all 58 states.

RightTurn
06-02-08, 01:37 PM
:rofl:

thebigjimsho
06-02-08, 01:43 PM
Ahh, the jackelope of Wall Drug...

I'll be adding to my list of sights seen this summer. I just don't condense my travel as you did, Jesda...

RightTurn
06-02-08, 01:46 PM
Somebody go get the "I've Been Everywhere" vid off YouTube. :coffee:

Jesda
06-02-08, 02:23 PM
My memory digs back to the last couple years and the list gets longer!
Minneapolis, MN
Quincy, IL
Davenport, IA
Terre Haute, IN
Anderson, IN
Muncie, IN
Anchorage, AK
San Fransisco, CA
Little Rock, AR
Chattanooga, TN
Evansville, IN
Tulsa, OK
Albuquerque, NM
Philadelphia, PA
Washington, DC
Orlando, FL
Irvine, CA
Louisville, KY
Lexington, KY

On my to-do list:
More Alaska
Hawaii (doesn't really count to me)
New Orleans
Detroit (before it turns into a real-life Robocop)
Las Vegas
Miami (ehh)
Southern Texas
Rural New England (Maine, Vermont, NH, etc)
England :)

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-02-08, 02:27 PM
I hear ya Jesda, with this insanely expensive gasoline, it's starting to get to be the point where it's hitting us who love to drive for recreation. For example, I drove from my house across the Twin Cities, west to Lake Minnetonka to take some photos of my car yesterday. Between the trip out there and back, I logged about 84 miles on it. I filled up right before I left and right after I got back. To drive out there and back, it cost me $14.89! :eek: On other hands, a matinee movie, a cover and a few drinks at a bar, a nice dinner. Just to drive out ~40 miles and back.

I like to go visit my friends up in Duluth MN on occasion. If work permits, I'd go once every month or two. Due tp a few things, I haven't been up since November. My friends like to carpool up there, which would be great, if I could get Friday and Saturday off work, because they go on Friday afternoon. So it's either I try and get off working those two days, which is either hit or miss, or I spend an additional $40 on gas for the trip up and back (my friends always carpool in Josh's '02 Civic EX Coupe.....between three of us, gas up and down would be like $9), or I just don't go. I tend to not go.

dkozloski
06-02-08, 02:46 PM
My memory digs back to the last couple years and the list gets longer!
Minneapolis, MN
Quincy, IL
Davenport, IA
Terre Haute, IN
Anderson, IN
Muncie, IN
Anchorage, AK
San Fransisco, CA
Little Rock, AR
Chattanooga, TN
Evansville, IN
Tulsa, OK
Albuquerque, NM
Philadelphia, PA
Washington, DC
Orlando, FL
Irvine, CA
Louisville, KY
Lexington, KY

On my to-do list:
More Alaska
Hawaii (doesn't really count to me)
New Orleans
Detroit (before it turns into a real-life Robocop)
Las Vegas
Miami (ehh)
Southern Texas
Rural New England (Maine, Vermont, NH, etc)
England :)
From Anchorage you can almost see Alaska.

AMGoff
06-02-08, 02:59 PM
You could always just put a cot in your office and save on some of the real extraneous expenses... like a house.

That way, you can still pursue more worthwhile endeavors!

Plus... you need to add South Jersey to your list - I'd hate to have your only experience with NJ to be in the Oranges :nono: You could kill two birds with one stone and experience the Eastern Shore (DE/MD/VA) in the same trip... If nothing else, you have to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel at least once in your life!

Playdrv4me
06-02-08, 03:22 PM
By the title of this thread I thought there was going to be a link to "My Way" by old blue eyes in here.

93DevilleUSMC
06-02-08, 03:28 PM
Good job traveling so far, sir. You can quit now and still say that you've been more places than most would even bother trying to go.

thebigjimsho
06-02-08, 06:34 PM
I'm going to buy an atlas for the sole purpose of marking places I've been and roads I've driven. And fill it out for the rest of my life...

dkozloski
06-02-08, 09:03 PM
People used to get in their car in Europe and go on a tour of the various countries. That was the origin of the term GT or Grand Touring car. A couple of years ago my wife and I did just that only in the United States. We covered about 15,000 miles in a little over a month in the CTS we had at the time and it was wonderful. We stopped at motels and hotels and also visited with friends and relatives. In several trips we've hit all four borders of the country and seen a lot of sights. I can't imagine having so little imagination and so little gumption that I wouldn't want to see as much of our great country as I possibly could.

thebigjimsho
06-02-08, 09:12 PM
People used to get in their car in Europe and go on a tour of the various countries. That was the origin of the term GT or Grand Touring car. A couple of years ago my wife and I did just that only in the United States. We covered about 15,000 miles in a little over a month in the CTS we had at the time and it was wonderful. We stopped at motels and hotels and also visited with friends and relatives. In several trips we've hit all four borders of the country and seen a lot of sights. I can't imagine having so little imagination and so little gumption that I wouldn't want to see as much of our great country as I possibly could.Tru dat! I feel fortunate to have been to every continental US state by the time I hit 31. Now, I plan on going to Hawaii next year and one of these years, I plan on going to the state my parents met, out your way, Koz. But, I don't want to spend just a week or 2 in Alaska. I want to make a monthlong trip. Which is why I haven't made it yet. But soon...

orconn
06-03-08, 10:54 PM
What kind of highway mpg do you get wit the BMW, Jesda?

Albertan
06-03-08, 11:31 PM
Even with the high cost of gas, it is still cheaper to drive than fly. If there are two or more it is way cheaper. (US and Canada) Now, if you are in Europe, taking trains is cheaper.

Jesda
06-04-08, 05:35 AM
What kind of highway mpg do you get wit the BMW, Jesda?

26mpg highway. 19-21 mixed around town. It prefers premium.

As for flying, I despise it but I'll do it if time is an issue. Otherwise, the train wins.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-04-08, 01:51 PM
Have you ever been to the smokey mountains? We went for vacation a few years ago and it was amazing. One night we went to the top of the tallest mountain in the park to watch the sunset. It was 102 degrees at the bottom and 54 degrees up top. Unfortunately, my camera is not the greatest.



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thebigjimsho
06-04-08, 10:58 PM
Have you ever been to the smokey mountains? We went for vacation a few years ago and it was amazing. One night we went to the top of the tallest mountain in the park to watch the sunset. It was 102 degrees at the bottom and 54 degrees up top. Unfortunately, my camera is not the greatest.



http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn17/Saber2580/100_0919.jpg

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn17/Saber2580/100_0928.jpg

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http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn17/Saber2580/100_0972.jpgI did a trip from my friend's place in Blairsville, PA down through WV to the Blue Ridge Parkway and through the Smokeys. That was in '03 in my Accord. I missed Deal's Gap, though...:(

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-05-08, 10:44 AM
We were in my mom's blazer and I convinced her to let me drive down some of the "remote roads" as they call them. Basically they are dirt/gravel roads that are taken very little care of and it is not recommended that you drive down them without 4wd. It was amazing. At one point we went around a corner and there was a family of black bears standing right in the middle of the road. On one side of the road was trees and forest going up and the other side was a very steep hill going down. There were some great spots along the way where you could look out and see most of the park at once.