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TDIFest 2013 Discussion about TDIFest 2013 on the Labour Day weekend (August 30th to September 1st, 2013) in Sunday River, near Bethel, Maine. Latest information in the TDIFest wiki.

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Old February 20th, 2013, 11:04   #61
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Come on up then, I've got all the hiking and climbing gear needed.
Oh I meant hill climb in the vehicle! I haven't been repelling or climbing in at least 15 years - bad needs and fat now.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 11:40   #62
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or a spare Alpha....

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Doh!!!!

Tow it with the TDI and all would be good. It only weights 1859 lbs.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 11:46   #63
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Long ride in an Alfa. Bring tools.

Maybe the E30 325ic then. At least that's got a trunk and Recaro seats.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 19:48   #64
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You'd be surprised at what resorts try to do. I've heard that some have developed a non-snow use for their ski runs. Again it seems to be only these "resort" places that are so greedy.
There are "zip line" rides and such, and chair lift for mountain bikes (and bike rental, too) that are not included in the room rate, so if that's what is meant by greedy, non-snow use fees means of prying what would otherwise be raffle ticket and auction money from the club, then yes, there are greedy no-snow fees that are available for you to use if you wish.

I'm planning on bring my own bike. Shall I bring one for you as well?

Yeah, Reno/Tahoe would be nice. I thought so when I drove through on my way to the Portland fest (stopped in at Bently Biofuels in Minden), and yeah, two weeks driving for what in effect is a weekend can be a lot, but its as much the memories from the trips as the actual festivities that I enjoy.

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I haven't been repelling or climbing in at least 15 years - bad needs and fat now.
Oh, I don't know about that. I think you are repelling.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 20:13   #65
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Old February 21st, 2013, 08:43   #66
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Yeah, Reno/Tahoe would be nice. I thought so when I drove through on my way to the Portland fest (stopped in at Bently Biofuels in Minden), and yeah, two weeks driving for what in effect is a weekend can be a lot, but its as much the memories from the trips as the actual festivities that I enjoy.
How many times have you had to drive across NV? I've done it enough that I kind of dread it now. I've gone via US-40, it's replacement I-80, and via "The Loneliest Highway in America" US-50. I have many memories: crankshaft damaged in Wells Nevada due to oil loss in August 1970; transmission damage in Wells due to a service tech not tightening the filler plug enough in Nebraska (this was in July 1978); coming around a curve in the evening into a cattle herd east of Ely in November 1978 (fortunately I avoided hitting any animals); being blown off the roadway when I drove over an icy patch just as a high cross wind hit me 5 miles west of Eureka in May 1999. And after leaving the Sierras, nothing but miles of bleak desert. I try to stop at every large city just for a break: Lovelock, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, Elko, and Wells on US-40/I-80; Fallon, Austin, Eureka, and Ely on US-50.

Yes, Minden is nice, as are Carson City, Virginia City (for history). My local Miata group drove through Minden during a drive when we had our 20th Anniversary event at Bear Valley, CA in September 2010.
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to far for me but a nice area though. maybe they will have a club fest in ca
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to far for me but a nice area though. maybe they will have a club fest in ca
Where in the CPR are you located? There are the Bay Area GTGs in Spring & Fall, plus various ones in SoCal if you just want to meet with other TDI owners.
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Maine???

Could not be further away from San Diego!! Even Alaska or Hawaii would be closer to me. 3086 miles from San Diego.

But, NONE of us in the Golden State are willing to step up to the plate. So have a great time!!

Good thing is, Montreal would be on the way. Anita grew up there and has family and friends in Montreal. May just be able to get her to go across the country. Last time we drove to Montreal, we came back with a spart TDI engine from Montreal! Will I get lucky agaim?
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i'm in los angeles romad
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OK; I suggest you keep an eye on the West Coast forum:

http://forums.tdiclub.com/forumdisplay.php?f=31

There you'll find GTG announcements for SoCal. IIRC, John Jackson had a GTG down in San Diego in the past few months.
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How many times have you had to drive across NV?
I never "had to" drive across Nevada. I chose to do so.
I suppose if I had such an unreliable set of cars ( I hope that litany of incidents wasn't one car), and such discomfort in it / them that, as you've previously posted, a one day's drive was my tolerance limit, that I also suppose I'd also not wish to stray too far from cities with parts stores and mechanics.

Maybe you shouldn't get a VW....
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LOL! The first was a 1960 Rambler station wagon. The second was caused by a mechanic that serviced the transmission in my GERMAN-built 1973 Mercury Capri V6 who didn't tighten the filler plug. How does a herd of cattle covering the highway make an un-reliable car? Though technically you are right about the car as it was an U.S.-built Ford Mustang. The last was due to the weather and the Miata being an LWS on a patch of icy highway and a high gust crosswind. I'd say it was the weather that was unreliable.

And it is due to VW maintenance that I won't take Cranberry on US 50 cross NV.
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How does a herd of cattle covering the highway make an un-reliable car?
bad brakes, poor headlight pattern, faulty wipers...
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And it is due to VW maintenance that I won't take Cranberry on US 50 cross NV.
And it is due to Fred's that I don't hesitate to take any US road.
You wouldn't happen to have any of those Capri V6 items left, would you? I could use 2/3 of them in my V4 Saab.
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bad brakes, poor headlight pattern, faulty wipers...
And it is due to Fred's that I don't hesitate to take any US road.
You wouldn't happen to have any of those Capri V6 items left, would you? I could use 2/3 of them in my V4 Saab.
Well, it WAS a two month old 1979 Ford Mustang (this was in November 1978) on a 2 lane road going around a 90 degree curve ...

I don't know of any TDI gurus or VW dealers on US 50 between Reno, NV and Delta, UT

Nope. I sold the Capri in 1979 when I was stationed at Bergstom AFB, in Austin, TX. Still wish I'd bought the Offy intake manifold for it. Saab V4, huh? In a Sonnett? I always wanted one of them.
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