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Old December 5th, 2016, 13:48   #1
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A celebration of my Jetta's 16th birthday and having just passed the 500,000 km mark, I collected together all the pictures I could find of the places that it has been. I then realized this is probably the world's "most travelled" Jetta? (Or does someone have a counter example?)

Unlike many people here, I never set out to keep this car for so long. But there has just never been a reason to replace it. If it were to get crushed by a truck or something I really don't know what I would replace it with. It is fully depreciated, just the right size for my needs, uses minimal amounts of fuel, costs very little to maintain and continues to be a reliable daily driver - what more could one want from a car?!

I've put together all the pictures with some text here:
http://www.robinphillips.net/Robin/Jetta/

If you just want the highlights, I think these are the best few pictures of some of the most interesting locations:

On the summit of Mauna Kea (Hawaii):


On the Dempster Highway:








The Everglades in Florida:


Key West:


Badlands National Park:


Ontario:


The Port of Halifax:
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Old December 5th, 2016, 13:49   #2
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Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstattersee):


The old banked track at Monza:


In Sofia (Bulgaria):


Romania, on the Black Sea coast:


At the Finnish/Russian border:



At the Nordkapp in Norway:


212m below sea level:


North of the Arctic Circle in Finland:


and the 500,000 km mark:

With hopefully, lots more to come in future years!
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Old December 5th, 2016, 15:58   #3
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Great pics! Congrats on the milestone!
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Old December 5th, 2016, 20:09   #4
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Simply Awesome.
I also went through the pics in your link... Wow, you and your Jetta have been to some amazing places. It's great to see the Jetta "staged" in the pics. Did you start out doing this, or did it happen by chance a couple of times, and thought " that's cool, I'm going to keep doing that.".
Either way, very impressive.

Now to other members, let's see more pics of TDI's in famous/unusual places.
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Old December 5th, 2016, 21:39   #5
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TDIGAZ: It was more the latter - that's why there are very few pictures of the Jetta in Hawaii. At the time it was just our "new car" (to replace the less than entirely reliable Corrado...). I took some pictures of it ontop of Mauna Kea just to prove to friends that you can drive up there in a "normal" car - and don't need an SUV. I obviously took lots of pictures of it on the Dempster because part of the fun thing there was the driving. For our diagonally cross-continental drive to Florida I took the pictures infront of various National Park signs, more for the photo collection to show people where we had been (and it just made sense to have the car in the picture so it wasn't just a picture of the sign). It was only really when we moved to Europe that I started thinking I need to take pictures of the Jetta in various unusual places. Now of course I actively do it all the time!

I'd of course love to see other people's pictures of their cars in unusual places!
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Old December 5th, 2016, 21:57   #6
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I'm afraid the only unique place my cars have been that I could post would be inside my garage...





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Old December 5th, 2016, 22:08   #7
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Great story. The only competition that I can think of would be an ALH stuffed in a Vanagon.
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Old December 6th, 2016, 08:58   #8
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Re: NordKapp (North Cape, northernmost point of European continent)

In May 1981 we bought our first Jetta while stationed in northern Germany. 1 month later we started on a 30 day tour of Scandinavia. It was while driving north from Rovaniemi Finland we saw southbound vehicles with "NordKapp" on them. After determining it would only add about 600 miles to our planned route, we detoured and went there. What an adventure! We had to go through a bare rock tunnel with water dripping down from the ceiling, a line of weak incandescent bulbs spaced 100 meters apart hanging from the middle of the ceiling, rock road bed. Once we got through there we had to wait for the ferry (NordKapp is actually on an island, not the European mainland). While waiting, we saw coming off the ferry a big Winnebago RV with California plates! Took the ferry across, drove up to the cape, and stayed awake to watch the Sun NOT set! Headed back to the ferry terminal to catch the early one back. We then continued our trip down the length of Norway.

That tunnel picture, is it the one that replaced the ferry?
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Old December 6th, 2016, 20:50   #9
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Great story. The only competition that I can think of would be an ALH stuffed in a Vanagon.

My ALH 84 Vanagon has been to Alaska a couple of times.. to the Arctic Circle in the Yukon. And, we drove it to Nova Scotia once....
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Robin, I think you'll win any contest in this regard. Are you planning a trip across Siberia, through Africa, or to the mid-East as a next adventure? It will cement your place really well.
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Some answers to the various questions above:

Yuri:

Romad: The tunnel picture ie this one:

is indeed the tunnel you pass through on the way from the mainland to the island that the Nordkapp is on (Wikipedia has a page on it (of course). It used to be a toll tunnel, but is now free as the Norwegians only impose tolls until the cost of the tunnel (or birdge) has been recouped. I'll claim this as the lowest a North American Jetta has ever been until someone shows me a picture of one either next to the Dead Sea or in one of the handful of deeper Norwegian tunnels!

Mike in Anchorage: (So where are you from?). Yes, I have a couple more destinations in mind. Although I enjoyed skiing in Finland the last two years I thought I'd try something different in 2017. So I'm going first to Bulgaria, then onto Turkey and finishing up in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. That one is definite (as long as the political situation in Turkey doesn't deteriorate between now and February). I had been playing with the idea of participating in the Budapest to Bamako rally but didn't quite have the nerve in 2016. Maybe in the future... I'm also toying with the idea of taking a long 7 weeks break in late summer 2018 and driving to Vladivostok with my son. It is paved all the way and politically safe at the moment. It would certainly be the trip of a lifetime - there are a couple of websites describing part of the route - just look at these mad examples.
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Old December 8th, 2016, 06:42   #12
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Mike in Anchorage: (So where are you from?). Yes, I have a couple more destinations in mind. Although I enjoyed skiing in Finland the last two years I thought I'd try something different in 2017. So I'm going first to Bulgaria, then onto Turkey and finishing up in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. That one is definite (as long as the political situation in Turkey doesn't deteriorate between now and February). I had been playing with the idea of participating in the Budapest to Bamako rally but didn't quite have the nerve in 2016. Maybe in the future... I'm also toying with the idea of taking a long 7 weeks break in late summer 2018 and driving to Vladivostok with my son. It is paved all the way and politically safe at the moment. It would certainly be the trip of a lifetime - there are a couple of websites describing part of the route - just look at these mad examples.
Though I've been living in Anchorage for over 35 years, I'm FROM Ohio. The drive to Vlad sounds like a blast. Wonder if I can get a car there and do the drive as well. I also have driving experience in Arctic and sub-Arctic conditions. At one point, I had intended to join a friend for a bicycle trip around Lake Baikal. Turns out that some streams do not have bridges and we didn't feel like building a raft at each one, so we bagged. So many good adventures to be had. The links you posted are not working, but I know how to research, so I'll continue to look at the sites. Thanks.
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I'd of course love to see other people's pictures of their cars in unusual places!
Salt flats!



You've been some cool places in your car, when I saw the thread title and your username I remembered your winter Yukon road trip from years ago!
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