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daneg August 12th, 2010 18:53

Driving to TDI Fest, 2010
 
Hey everybody, just writing to say the wife and I are excited to meet the Fred's Forum gang in Portland. We are leaving in the AM from Yellowknife with a long stretch of road to Fort Nelson, BC. From there it's on to Skagway, AK and onto the Alaska Marine Ferry this Tuesday, 7 am.

Drive off at Prince Rupert, BC, ferry over to Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii), spend a few days then back to mainland and ferry over to Vancouver Island, visit family, then down to Portland. I will try and sign in to give the odd update.

Also thought it might be fun to hear when some of the other folks leave from their destinations to road trip it to TDI fest, which is why I started this thread.

All the best,

Dane and Corrinne Gibson, plus dog Neo.

icecap August 12th, 2010 20:19

TDI Fest 2010
 
My wife and I both have to work but have arranged to get off at noon on Friday. With a long weekend the border will probably be a zoo with a long backup but will have to make the best of it. If all goes well we should make Portland some time early evening in time for some socializing hopefully:).

daneg August 12th, 2010 23:07

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Originally Posted by icecap (Post 3077116)
My wife and I both have to work but have arranged to get off at noon on Friday. With a long weekend the border will probably be a zoo with a long backup but will have to make the best of it. If all goes well we should make Portland some time early evening in time for some socializing hopefully:).

Very cool man, first round's on us!

VW Derf August 13th, 2010 01:23

Sounds like a very cool drive and trip! The question is do those km on the ferry count towards your drive?

TheGrove August 21st, 2010 02:58

Leaving for the fest now! Tonight's destination is St. Louis MO. Then on to Colorado, Utah and Arizona for a few days. Then up through California to Portland.

TheGrove August 21st, 2010 16:06

Made it to St Louis around 4:30 central time. Relaxing now for an 6:00 start tomorrow. Destination: Limon Co.

Looking forward to the hours across Kansas:rolleyes:.

Zippy_car August 22nd, 2010 11:54

wow, Grove! I think you're the first to leave!
See you there!

daneg August 22nd, 2010 16:42

On Haida Gwaii Island (Queen Charlottes)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheGrove (Post 3085851)
Leaving for the fest now! Tonight's destination is St. Louis MO. Then on to Colorado, Utah and Arizona for a few days. Then up through California to Portland.

Hey Grove, sounds like an awesome road trip you are on. As VWDerf asked, I don't know if riding the ferries we are on counts towards mileage on our trip :).

We have made it from Yellowknife, to Skagway (3,000 km in three days) and that was with stops, including Liard Hot Springs. We were flying, the roads were great and hardly no traffic. Beautiful drive. We took the ferry system down the Alaska coast and have spent three awesome days on the Haida Gwaii islands. It is beautiful here. We went fishing on a charter boat yesterday and caught two Chinook salmon and a koho. Also ling cod. Great day. From here back to the mainland then to Vancouver Island by ferry from Prince Rupert. Great trip so far and the car has been superb. I have great bear stories, wrong turns resulting in 300 km detour (long story), camping on the beach, and much more. I will check in again later, maybe I can upload a picture as we are staying in a B and B tonight. All the best, Dane, Corrie and Neo.

icecap August 22nd, 2010 17:33

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Originally Posted by daneg (Post 3087075)
Hey Grove, sounds like an awesome road trip you are on. As VWDerf asked, I don't know if riding the ferries we are on counts towards mileage on our trip :).

We have made it from Yellowknife, to Skagway (3,000 km in three days) and that was with stops, including Liard Hot Springs. We were flying, the roads were great and hardly no traffic. Beautiful drive. We took the ferry system down the Alaska coast and have spent three awesome days on the Haida Gwaii islands. It is beautiful here. We went fishing on a charter boat yesterday and caught two Chinook salmon and a koho. Also ling cod. Great day. From here back to the mainland then to Vancouver Island by ferry from Prince Rupert. Great trip so far and the car has been superb. I have great bear stories, wrong turns resulting in 300 km detour (long story), camping on the beach, and much more. I will check in again later, maybe I can upload a picture as we are staying in a B and B tonight. All the best, Dane, Corrie and Neo.

Sounds like quite the trip so far, look foreword to meeting you. I just got in from a 1,000 Km rounder to Williams Lake BC to attend my cousins daughters wedding. It was interesting to say the least as we drove through thick smoke almost 1/2 of the way up there that resulted from the massive forest fires burning in BC right now. In some places is was like driving in fog and as soon as you got out of the car it was hard to breathe and you could taste it:(. It was an outdoor ceremony in my cousins beautiful garden and to make things interesting the groom was the boss of the entire forest fire fighting effort for the Cariboo/Chilcotin region. Unbeknownst to him his buddies arranged a prank for the wedding ceremony as a chopper flew directly overhead. It was one of the bird dog choppers that spot fires for and direct the water bombers. I had a hunch something wasn't normal about that and 5 minutes later a water bomber made a low level pass about 100m up during the middle of the ceremony, it was deafening:D. Made the round trip and still have between 1/4 and 1/8 of a tank left:cool:.

TheGrove August 23rd, 2010 18:04

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Originally Posted by Zippy_car (Post 3086868)
wow, Grove! I think you're the first to leave!
See you there!

No daneg got the jump on me by a few days. Made it to St George's UT (far southwest corner - 6 miles from Nevada). Tomorrow have to pick up mom and sister in Las Vegas then on to visit relatives. See everyone in just over a week.

TeDeEye1 August 28th, 2010 14:06

Half way there
 
Made it to Rapid City. Spent some time in the Bad Lands. Heading for Seattle tomorrow and Portland by the 2nd :-)

tomo366 August 28th, 2010 19:11

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Originally Posted by TheGrove (Post 3088272)
No daneg got the jump on me by a few days. Made it to St George's UT (far southwest corner - 6 miles from Nevada). Tomorrow have to pick up mom and sister in Las Vegas then on to visit relatives. See everyone in just over a week.


See that Zippy! at least one of my Cars will be there!

TheGrove August 28th, 2010 20:29

Yep it sure will! Had a great time here in Kingman AZ visiting relatives. Tomorrow it is off to Fresno CA.

tomo366 August 29th, 2010 07:03

I was in Sierra Vista AZ last week at my Moms it was fab!!

TeDeEye1 August 30th, 2010 09:44

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Originally Posted by TeDeEye1 (Post 3093534)
Made it to Rapid City. Spent some time in the Bad Lands. Heading for Seattle tomorrow and Portland by the 2nd :-)

Now in Seattle for a couple days then on to the Fest :-)


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