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Old 10-06-2006, 06:58 AM   #1
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Default Drive Across the Country

Just curious to hear stories of anyone who has ever drove across the Country, or . I have been wanting to Make the drive accross Canada (6000km or 3700mi - each way) not sure that I will ever have the opportunity to do it, but I would love to hear stories from those that have.

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Old 10-06-2006, 08:38 AM   #2
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I have done it twice with my parents over two consecutive summers.

Summer 2000 - South Carolina to California
Summer 2001 - South Carolina to Washington State

It is really amazing. At first I was dissapointed we couldn't fly, but driving accross the country is such an experience everyone should have. The sights you will see are out of this world. While driving to California we were driving through New Mexico around 6:30 am while the sun was rising. I have never seen anything more beautiful....the colors cast out on the desert are simply amazing. You will see changing landscapes, unique roadside attractions, and just have a great time.

I would love to drive out to California again someday. My parents decided to take 3 summer trips to see the whole US. We did the southwest US in 2000, northwest US in 2001, and the northeast in 2002. The west coast is definately my favorite. My parents had a motto that "we're not going anywhere internationally until we see all of our own country". That motto is so true. People brag about going to Europe or other countries, which is great, but most Americans have never seen their entire country, which has a LOT to offer, pretty much all natural landscapes. It's amazing.

I suggest you do it if you can!

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Old 10-06-2006, 09:01 AM   #3
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I drove from Calgary to Toronto last June... wasn't recreational, I was moving back to TO.

Took me 4 days and nearly 4000 kms... and I can honestly say... it is BORING from the Alberta/Saskatchewan border to the Manitoba/Ontario border. Flat, barren, crappy roads, raining the whole way, and no activity.

If you can handle it, after passing the AB/SK border and going further into AB, the landscape gets awesome. If you continue on, BC is the place to see (I drove out there a buncha times while I was in AB) and you could head down to Washington and California from there.

Or head East to the Atlantic provinces (which I plan to do) cuz I hear the drive that way is awesome too... but you live there anyway.

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Old 10-06-2006, 09:03 AM   #4
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Agreed!

There's nothing like a good road trip to really see your country. It's best if you're not on a rigid schedule, so you can pull over if you see anything that piques your curiosity.

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Old 10-06-2006, 09:43 AM   #5
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My wife and I made three round trip excursions from the los Angeles area to the Cincinnatti area (2800 miles each way). We took route 70 once, 40 the other 5 times. All those little exhorbetant options like steering wheel audio controls and power seats seem almost a necessity when driving 11 hours a day.

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Old 10-06-2006, 10:37 AM   #6
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I've never driven across the US but I hope to some day.

I did make a pretty cool road trip in August of about 3,000 miles though. From Memphis, TN, across into North Carolina, south through Chattanooga and Atlanta, to Jacksonville, FL. Then took a cruise from Jacksonville to the Bahamas and back. From Jacksonville we went to Pensacola, and along the Gulf Coast through Mobile AL, Biloxi MS, and into New Orleans. Then we came north through Jackson, MS and home to Memphis.

I wish we'd had a little bit more time because I wanted to spend some time in Pensacola and in Mobile, but we did spend 2 days in New Orleans and a half day in Biloxi where we went to one of the ocean-side casinos. We spent a day and a half in Atlanta and went to Six Flags but I would like to go back and spend more time in the city.

That's the one downside to driving, I think - you get to see a lot of stuff but you don't get to spend a lot of time in each place unless you have oodles and oodles of time to spare. I think I'd almost rather fly somewhere and spend a lot of time in one place - and then next time, fly someplace different and spend a lot of time there.

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Old 10-06-2006, 10:55 AM   #7
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I've driven my Saturn from NJ to Canada (Toronto area) and back. There are also Boston area trips included also... On each trip it performed like a dream.

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Old 10-06-2006, 11:03 AM   #8
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I love driving the country. San Diego to Vancouver, San Diego to North Dakota, San Diego to Wisconsin, San Diego to Boston, San Diego to Florida. Always a great time except the drive across Texas going to Pensacola. You hit Texas at El Paso and you can see the sign that says "Welcome to Louisana", but it takes you 2 days to get there........

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Old 10-06-2006, 12:11 PM   #9
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The longest trip I've taken was almost exactly 1000km from Southern NB to Montreal. It seemed like we'd never get there, but that's because we left at 4am and I had next to no sleep. When a friend of mine took over, I couldn't fall asleep to save my life... something about somebody else driving my baby kept me up grrrr

The drive back was great though and the ION was very comfortable the whole way.

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Old 10-07-2006, 09:25 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the great stories, they are great to read. Post your experiences about any great trip you've had. Keep your stories coming in.

Gawd : The atlantic provinces are beautiful to drive through, if you heading East be sure to head to PEI (Red sand Beaches and the Coast lines are amazing to see) and be sure to drive the Cabot trail in Nova Scotia.

Here's a pic of the Vue in Prince Edward Island parked on the Red Sand;



Anyone else have pic's there Saturn on Vacation?

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Here's my boy Jules in North Carolina during our road trip.



I took my SC2 from Dayton, OH, down to Memphis, TN and across to Washington, D.C. and back again two Christmases ago. Just under 3,000 miles round trip.



Here's a really really bad camera-phone pic of my girl Jenna at a scenic overlook in southwest Virginia.


I can't find my pics of my SC2 just outside D.C.

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Old 10-08-2006, 06:49 AM   #12
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In the summer of 1971 my father bought an Olsen Kurbmaster (chevy stepvan), converted it into a camper and took the whole family on a cross country excursion.

We left NJ. Crossed the border at Niagara Falls, up to Toronto. Then took the Queens Highway all the way across. Through the Canadian Rockies and all the way to Vancouver Island, British Colombia.

From there it was down to San Francisco. Then east on I-80 all the way back to Jersey.

The following summer it was south all the way to Key West, then up the other side of Florida and west all the way to Los Angeles. Then on to Vegas before heading home.

Both trips were 4 weeks long. Although I was only ten and 11 years old I do remember quite a bit.

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Old 10-08-2006, 08:54 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the great stories, they are great to read. Post your experiences about any great trip you've had. Keep your stories coming in.

Gawd : The atlantic provinces are beautiful to drive through, if you heading East be sure to head to PEI (Red sand Beaches and the Coast lines are amazing to see) and be sure to drive the Cabot trail in Nova Scotia.
Try and make the trip if you can! I took 7 days to drive from SW Ontario to Vancouver, camping along the way. Lake Superior shoreline, harvest time in the prairies, and forest fires in the Rockies made for some beautiful and scary scenery. Cypress Hills Provincial Park in SW Saskatchewan was very neat, as was everything west of Calgary!

The trip back was 4 months later at Christmas. A buddy and I power drove back in 2 1/2 days, leaving Vancouver at 8am on a Sunday and taking the I-90 from Seattle to Chicago and then the I-69 to the border. Best memory of the landscape was seeing the sunrise over eastern Wyoming and the rolling, grass covered foothills on the Monday morning, with the snow covering the Bitterroot Range in the rear view mirror. Devils Tour National Monument (of Close Encounters with the Third Kind movie fame), Mt Rushmore, and Wall Drug, and the Corn Palace (big theater in Mitchell SD that is covered in corn cob murals each year depicitng historical events in SD history) were all nice little side trips. We finally hit Chicago rushhour from 6am to 8 am on the Tuesday and were in Ontario later that afternoon.

The SL1 never missed a beat and was getting about 650 km a tank, even with the car fully loaded. I plan to do it again with the Vue, hopefully next year.

Oh- my bro actually has the SL1 on a 3 week roadtrip in Atlantic Canada right now. He liked PEI, but he's loving Nova Scotia. Alexander Keith's Brewery Tour!! Of course, the Cabot Trail is great too!!

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