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TDIFest 2015 Discussion about TDIFest 2015 on the Labour Day weekend (September 4-6, 2015) at the Jordan Grand Hotel at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.

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Old August 7th, 2015, 14:02   #1
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Default Driving from the WEST....?? anyone?

My wife and I are planning on attending and will be driving from Colorado...Looks will we drive I-80 across the upper midwest into Cleveland then on to Maine from there...
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Old August 7th, 2015, 16:40   #2
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Not quite as far, but driving I80W from Iowa...
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Old August 7th, 2015, 18:20   #3
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Driving from San Diego to the Fest. Google says the shortest route is Vegas to Denver to Detroit to Montreal to Newry, Maine. Just over 3000 miles.
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Driving from San Diego to the Fest. Google says the shortest route is Vegas to Denver to Detroit to Montreal to Newry, Maine. Just over 3000 miles.
That may be the shortest route, but I would suggest staying on the US side of the border as fuel is cheaper, not to mention food and lodging. Of course if the plan is sightseeing, then have at it!
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Old August 7th, 2015, 18:35   #5
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Driving from San Diego to the Fest. Google says the shortest route is Vegas to Denver to Detroit to Montreal to Newry, Maine. Just over 3000 miles.
Going for the "Longest Distance Driven to the Fest" award, now are we?
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Old August 7th, 2015, 19:08   #6
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Driving from San Diego to the Fest. Google says the shortest route is Vegas to Denver to Detroit to Montreal to Newry, Maine. Just over 3000 miles.
In Ontario, the average price for Diesel is about $1.10 CDN per liter (about $3.17 per Gal USD) in Quebec it is even higher

However, depending on when you pass through Toronto on the 401 (between Windsor and Quebec), I may join up with you

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Anchorage, AK to Newry, ME. 4342 miles.
Any Alaskans making the trip?
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Old August 7th, 2015, 23:36   #8
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Anchorage, AK to Newry, ME. 4342 miles.
Any Alaskans making the trip?
Hmmm... Unless anyone is driving ACROSS THE BERING STRAIT , I think you're probably gonna grab that 'farthest distance travelled award'!
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Old August 8th, 2015, 00:23   #9
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Anchorage, AK to Newry, ME. 4342 miles.
Any Alaskans making the trip?

That is fantastic! Would you be interested in doing a slide show of your trip for people to check out at Fest?
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Sorry to disappoint, but I used to live in Alaska and was merely posing that possibility.

Perhaps there will be a Fest in Alaska someday and everyone in attendance will break the distance record.
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Oh, I see!
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Old August 8th, 2015, 22:36   #12
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Wow..lots of folk traveling for this....this cool. We did consider the Can route but we decided the passport hassle etc....
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Wow..lots of folk traveling for this....this cool. We did consider the Can route but we decided the passport hassle etc....
Have both a passport and a passport card, so that is not a problem. Anita grew up in Montreal and still has family and friends there. San Diego is right on the Mexican border, so I just keep my passport card in my wallet - just like my drivers license. Current diesel price is about $2.80 here. Even at $3.20 in Ontario, it is about the same when converted to U.S. dollars. Plan is to do some touring in the Atlantic provinces after the fest. Return trip will be further south, just to be different and to visit her mother/brother in San Antonio.
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The $3.20 per gallon for Diesel in Ontario is already converted to USD, so it is more expensive than in the US. The other thing is the highway used between Detroit/Windsor and Quebec (highway 401) has been named the busiest highway in the world (more traffic flow per hour than in Los Angeles). If you happen to hit the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) at the wrong time, all 16 lanes can be at a standstill and it may take you about 2 hours to get through the city. Outside the GTA though, the drive is fast, fun and the scenery is nice.

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BTW, I plotted my trip and my GPS is taking me to Montreal and then down to the US for the Fest.

BTW2: The price of Diesel jumps about $0.45 per Gallon USD the moment you cross into Quebec, so try to fill up in Ontario if using the Canadian route.
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Have both a passport and a passport card, so that is not a problem. Anita grew up in Montreal and still has family and friends there. San Diego is right on the Mexican border, so I just keep my passport card in my wallet - just like my drivers license. Current diesel price is about $2.80 here. Even at $3.20 in Ontario, it is about the same when converted to U.S. dollars. Plan is to do some touring in the Atlantic provinces after the fest. Return trip will be further south, just to be different and to visit her mother/brother in San Antonio.
Sounds like a whirlwind trip....sounds great..
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