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Old August 3rd, 2007, 09:50   #31
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Default 2800 miles (4500 km) in 44 hours

...from Montreal, Canada to Las Vegas, NV with a detour by Reno, NV.

...including 4 hours of sleep and a few 'coffee' stops.

Took this road trip in august 2002. I had only 12 days total to get there, enjoy and drive back so I wasn't going to 'waste' a lot of time on the road. Yea, I could've taken the plane, but where's the fun in that?

Being only with my gf who didn't drive at that time, the driving duties were all mine

I have to say, quite an uneventfull, boring trip. Nothing but straight line driving, no ups/downs, lefts n rights, just pure straight line flat pavement most of the way with exception to Utah. No break-downs either, just had a moment while crossing from Salt Lake City to West Wendover, NV... almost ran out of gas. Missed the last station and didn't think the darn crossing was going to be that long. Barely made it to Wendover.

Here's the thing tho: I did say 'gas'. No, I wasn't driving a TDI, although I wish I did, with what I know now. Shame on me, I know

The vehicle that took me there and back was a 1991 honda civic, hatchback, 5sp with 200.000+ miles on board, no a/c, no cruise control and averaged 6.3l/100km or 37mpg (US) or 45mpg(UK).

This was my longest road trip to date so I had to post it

Don't think I'll ever do it again but if I do, it will be in a TDI

My longest stint (on the way back) was 28 hours without any type of rest.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 12:43   #32
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Lunch time tomorrow I start my vacation. Leaving Oak Harbor, WA and driving to Newhalem Creek Campground in the North Cascades National Park, camping for two nights, then driving the very scenic route through SR20 and picking up I-90 in Spokane, WA (about 350 miles of scenic driving). From there it's another 65 miles or so to our destination (Coeur D'alene, ID) for two nights, visiting Silverwood theme park on the second day. After that, it's a short 200 mile jaunt to Yakima, WA to visit family for a couple of days, then a few hours to Snoqualmie Pass where we will be camping for another night. Tuesday morning of next week we'll spend the afternoon at Snoqualmie Falls, then drive the 200 miles home to Oak Harbor, WA leaving me Wednesday to clean up the car & change the oil, and hopefully be well rested to return to work on Thursday.
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Old September 6th, 2007, 19:50   #33
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Hey, how about a "ROAD TRIP"...?

I am here in CHILE making do with a NON turbo , mini RV(I am the "genious" behind this...) in a Citroen C-15 city delivery work truck that I've modified somewhat:
taller tires,
panel carpeting,
4 speaker C/D MP3 ,
tint windows,
frontal intake air box(pressurized by speed, mini-turbo set up ),
narrow mattress w/-15 F/-28C down sleeping bag,
black cloth material for blocking light of off windows,
driver rear seat stop buttons removed/grinded (for relaxed driving),
OH! a metal front air dam for guess what...?
YEP!

My best tank so far and not close to empty: 900 kilometers @ 52 MPH.
(that's before the air dam, the winds here are very strong!)
It has been uphill since, seems like .


Maybe I will complete the schedule(HU?)
Got to get back by the 30th of October
So far:
Santiago via the coast torwards Arica.
in kilometers... 2.300.

I will be heading east to Iguazu Falls(Brazil/Paraguay/Argentina) on Monday/Tuesday and hopefully the eastern shores > , the south to Ushuaia, Argentina and return to Santiago.

I will be having a few PICS.

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Old September 6th, 2007, 22:10   #34
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Quick update: I'm now in Coeur D'alene, ID. Total driving today: 381.2 miles, with the majority of it encompassing some pretty massive climbs (low spot today was ~300 ft. above sea level, high was over 6,000 ft. above sea level). I did my best to keep light on the accelerator, but it was rough with the automatic going up some of those climbs.

At this point I would like to coin a new phrase, "Soap Box Derby Style" - which is to say, coasting, ie. in Neutral/clutch depressed. I had over 50 miles of Soap Box Derby Style driving today, hopefully balancing out the sizeable climbs.

The car is running well. I had a roofing tack removed from my LF tire & a plug inserted. Can't even tell I had a slight leak. I pulled in to Les Schwab and had them check the pressure as I had a bit of a shimmy at speeds < 40 MPH. Turns out I was at 15 psi on the LF and 30 on the other 3. I had them bump the pressure to 37 psi all the way around (max on the sidewall is 44 psi.) So far I have 444.4 miles and I've got about 1/3 of a tank left. My goal is 650 miles, but I have a couple of short jaunts that may ruin that for me, so I'll be pretty happy to hit 600. Besides the short jaunts, my wife is a bit skiddish of the fuel light, so I'll probably be forced to stop shortly after it comes in. No big deal, though... I can still calculate fuel mileage and see how far I could have gone...
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Old September 7th, 2007, 07:51   #35
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nukemm:
That is called "hypermile-ing" , I do it also.

Sure makes a difference, as long as we NEVER close the ignition key tumbler all the way(which locks the steering ).

Talking about heights and drops...
I have LOTS of those here to deal with !
'cause the Andes mountains are steeper than the Rockies and taller.
(make sure that you know the point of lack of vacumm for the brakes, know what I mean ????)
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Old September 19th, 2007, 08:11   #36
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What is a good number of miles for a road trip....
or can it be in kilometers, HU?

So far, I have driven 7.000 kilometers and there is way more to go.

From now, about 17.000 kilometers is what the fortune teller is telling me, we will see.

In Londrina, Brazil today the 19th of September/07 on the way to Salvador de Bahia via Bello Horizonte.

Ta da!
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Old September 19th, 2007, 09:28   #37
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crossed over the 7000 km mark yesterday, tho I am now on my way home. Castlegar BC to Longview AB today, only 523 km
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 17:42   #38
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I have arrived in Salvador de Bahia!
(so far so good...)
and clicked about 10,000 kilometers on the way in four weeks.

This is my farthest north that I am going, next is to head south in about three days and see the rest of Brazil.

Brazil is Large, very hot/humid and quite weird (phonetics...).

I know:
American English
Spanish (more like Castillian)
pretty good in Italiansome French,
BUT this Brazilian is NOT Portuguese, it is Brazilian .

My little french snail mini delivery truck has performed quite well, even better now that some "MODS" have been performed on it.
Like a mufflerectomy, air box MOD. (depending on speed, more air pressure/mini-turbo), taller tires, synthetic oil.
Now I can petty much keep up with the 1,6-1,8 "gassers" that get in my way and still make about 20 kilometers per liter...@ 85 KMH
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Old October 16th, 2007, 09:08   #39
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Hmmm, seems that I am at the end of my road here in the Southern American hemisphere .

I am in Comodoro Rivadavia in the Patagonia and cannot go any more south because I HAVE run out of time...!

Re-adjusting a little...,
I am headed to Calafate, Torres del Paine(Chile) and then return into Argentina to the Petito Moreno Glacier before completing my journey in Santiago, Chile.

I know this sounds boring but three months are NOT enough for this trip, what am I going to do for three months you ask...
(hahahaha)

Brazil is nice,
Argentina is very pleasant,
Uruguay is VERY NICE and calm, it is a place where yu can let the kids run around with the cows(literaly...) and NOT worry where they are,
and at least northern Chile, well, they CAN keep it.
I am NOW going to the southern Chile, so i'll tell later about that area !

I had the pleasant-ness to share with a 1997 Passat B4 TDI Variant owner some of the tricks and MODS. that I have done to my B4, like change the air cabin filter(he did not know it existed !) and learned that this model, even here IS rare!
Oh, he is NOT selling the B4 Variant either...

Ciao!
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Old October 20th, 2007, 06:53   #40
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20.000K kilometers/12.5 K miles where I am now and not finished yet!

I have entered into Chile via Chile Chico(CH) from Los Antiguos(AR) after driving on route 40(the road that CHE took to make his historical journey before becoming "EL CHE").

Very different here, very OPEN and few places to break down ad get any aid .

Got to go...north on the "AUSTRAL" which is the end of the Panamerican highway.
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Old October 20th, 2007, 19:36   #41
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Very different here, very OPEN and few places to break down ad get any aid .

Heh. Sounds like Mississippi.

It sounds like one heck of a trip - stay safe!
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Old October 28th, 2007, 13:36   #42
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At the end of my rope...
actually at the end of the trip or depending later on my memories...

It has been GREAT!
Nothing major to relate except that my bank account is smaller now .

I have been to great restaurants because the food was GREAT; locations that I COULD return in a second to and some that I´d really rather not even think of them EVER(like the bigger cities in ALL of S.A.).

Many pesons became "my" friends(or I, theirs) and got to LOVE my little Citroen(wished many times it was a turbo ), my "home away from home"

For anyone..., yes!
DO the trip, make sure that the Spanish and Portuguese IS very strong ´cause you´ll needed .

So on to later...
I am arriving in the USA Wednesday and won´t know how to behave...

Ta Daa...
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Old October 28th, 2007, 16:35   #43
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I drove an air cooled VW beetle from El Paso, Texas to the southern end of Chile and back to Peru back in 1970, (I was 19 at the time, young and dumb), but the speedometer didn't work, so I have no actual idea how far I actually drove. But then I took almost a year to do it. Lots of wacky adventures.

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Old October 30th, 2007, 08:39   #44
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cowboyjack: WOW! is what I have to say... .
Kowing what I know of my travels and THIS travel..., I give you and all the others that have done a similar trip many KUDOS for having such big (....) for doing such a "thing".
And you did it on a very slow vehicle, again!
Wha was the speed going up the mountains in the Atacama desert???, not much, EH?

So this is it for me, I board the plane tonight and will be AND AM, very thankful for having such a GREAT 90 day vacation and only one tire that began to separate on me(about 22.000 kilometers into the trip/S. C. de Bariloche, Argentina).

Chile, hmmm .
Let someone else deal with it .
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Old November 9th, 2007, 19:27   #45
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I talked my wife into going with me from Richmond, VA to Lawrence, KS 1400/1500 miles (one way) over Thanksgiving to see to KU games and one Chiefs game in a 2 day span. I think she might hate me before we even get to kentucky but I'll let you guys know in a couple of weeks.
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