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Old July 3rd, 2018, 13:05   #1
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Default Subject: Where was Your Favorite Road Trip?

Iím someone who loves getting out on the open road, but it isnít always possible to hit every single place that I want to go on a trip. I go out to Ohio every year to visit family, but I still havenít hit every landmark that I wanted to check out either. What was your favorite trip that youíve ever been on? Were you ever able to ensure that you hit absolutely every place that you wanted to go on a trip?
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Old July 4th, 2018, 18:57   #2
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Bleiburg, Austrian.. ??

I doubt if anyone is able to see absolutely every place they wanted to go on a trip!

We always plan to hit certain sites as we make our way to our destiny. And, many times the journey is far better than the destiny. Not always, but we generally have a plan B in the event circumstances affect the main plan.

I suggest that you put together a bucket list of places you'd like to visit and just begin checking them off one by one!

I'm a creature of habit though. I like to revisit places we've previously visited.... some places we've returned a number of times!
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Old December 13th, 2018, 18:32   #3
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Front Royal,VA is my road trip of choice. Amazing small town with big box stores if you need them. Next favorite is Lancaster,PA.
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Old December 13th, 2018, 20:53   #4
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Gatlinburg, TN Smoky Mountain National Park. The TDI really shines on those steep mountain roads with switchbacks. Windows down, the scenery, the mountain air - it's a beautiful combination of diesel and nature.
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Old December 13th, 2018, 22:32   #5
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Chiapas Mexico. Beautiful waterfalls, Mayan ruins, great food, and a landscape that is breath taking. I've been fortunate to take my TDI all over Mexico, but yes, there are many more places I want to stop and enjoy.
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Old December 13th, 2018, 22:41   #6
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nothing like hw1 Pacific coast hwy going through Pacifica, Half moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Malibu, it would be hard to beat.
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Old December 14th, 2018, 14:02   #7
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Drove from Bowmanville Ontario to North Myrtle Beach, with a great detour...Waynesboro to Roanoke on the Blue Ridge Parkway, two years ago in my Mk4. It was a super mild winter in late February, so the conditions were great, but the road was mostly empty. Best drive ever.



Had 1500km on my now perfectly broken in EBC 337 brakes to throw the anchor out when needed. Had a loaded roof box and my 8 month old little one in the back keeping my right foot mostly under control, though I still left a year's worth of rubber off my Blizzaks on that mountain pavement, for sure.



It only added about 3 hours to my drive from Toronto area to Myrtle Beach. I would not drive there any other way. Driving direct, it's a 16 hour drive to go with the quickest route, 19 hours of driving to go this way, though you will stop to have your breath taken away. Completely worth it.


If you're nearby the BRP, Just. Do. It.


The only regret is that I wish I would have started in Front Royal and/or gone all the way down to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. That would have been around 35 hours of driving. That would have been a little too rough with an infant, probably would have taken 4 rushed days instead of 3 very leisurely days to drive.... though I still think about doing it now. (a couple of weeks later I did the run home in one 18 hour long shot)



I still got 29 MPG driving... really driving (tempered by the little one and the roof mounted weight, of course)... on these wide open and empty twisting winding mountain roads. Policed by the park rangers, not the police, so you're not having to worry at all about speeding tickets either....



Second place: Did the Grand Algoma run through Central Ontario summer of 2017. Pretty good drive, but it's no Blue Ridge Parkway. Also, the drive from Wawa to Chapleau is really flat and boring and hunted by the Chapleau OPP police.


East Coast Cabot Trail drive is the next one to get checked off the automotive bucket list.
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Old December 19th, 2018, 08:11   #8
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Panama, New Scotland, Dominican Republic. The last time I was on tour I'd been hanging around in British Columbia and loved it the most. I used almost all ways of travelling including autostop and can definitely say that sleeping under the stars is the real thing that every man must try at least one time in their life. The longest and toughest way was from Vancouver to Victoria; I took a rental car that I had to return back in time but failed (https://iversta.com/, a free trip tip for those who want to get to Vancouver from Richmond Hill) and almost got a fine for climbing up a tree near Markham.
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Old December 21st, 2018, 11:30   #9
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Old December 24th, 2018, 10:51   #10
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Chiapas Mexico. Beautiful waterfalls, Mayan ruins, great food, and a landscape that is breath taking. I've been fortunate to take my TDI all over Mexico, but yes, there are many more places I want to stop and enjoy.
You're lucky having a 2003 TDI and it uses LSD as did my former 2002 Jetta. My 2015 has to have ULSD. So I curtail my driving in Mexico very much. I hope that the promise of ULSD by Dec.31st everywhere will happen. I see one pump at a Pemex near me which has sticker ULSD 45 , but I don't believe it! Each October I drive 4,600 km to get here and in the spring I drive many more km's. I chose some scenic route such as the Natchez Trace, Blue Ridge Pkwy, the Grand River Road in Wisconsin and whatever I can come up with.
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Old December 24th, 2018, 11:35   #11
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nothing like hw1 Pacific coast hwy going through Pacifica, Half moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Malibu, it would be hard to beat.

Yes. Everyone should make this trip at least once in their life. Every turn is a new postcard view.


I will also submit that if you are on the east coast, anywhere along or near the Blue Ridge Parkway is great, and for summertime only, it's hard to beat New Hampshire and Maine. Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor and lobster are all delicious.
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Old December 25th, 2018, 08:31   #12
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Icefields parkway , Banff to Jasper ,Canada. 140 miles of awesome views
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Old December 28th, 2018, 20:03   #13
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2nd on Banff. Was going from Spokane, WA to Edmonton and we went that route. Simply breathtaking. A new postcard in the windshield around every corner.
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Old January 1st, 2019, 10:38   #14
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Sacramento - Newport (RI). In a 1970 VW 1.6 liter (unmodified) bug.

Checked valve clearance enroute.............still .006.

Wish I could find my notes. (Can't recall fuel economy).

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Old January 4th, 2019, 00:20   #15
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Agree with the Icefields Parkway. Or the Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier NP. For those venturing further north, the Seward Highway is stunning. And if you have a sunroof, driving through Zion NP on a sunny day is really fun.
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