Just got home less than an hour ago. Flight was delayed at PDX resulting in a scramble to make my connection (which was delayed slightly). Flew Delta, had to change planes in Atlanta (!) in spite of the fact that MSP is one of their larger hubs.
I ended driving straight through (17.5 hours) and made it home about 12:30 AM this morning. I think I really like the seats in my JSW, my a$$ did not hurt a bit (unlike my old air cooled VWs). I averaged almost 41mpg which I figure is pretty good considering it was mostly 75 and 80 mph speed limits and mostly through the mountains. It was a pleasure putting faces with so many names I have come to know.
Kudos to the organizing committee - excellent job!
I dragged my a$$ in the door about 10pm Monday evening. Took about 11 hours with a quick food stop, and an emergency icepack stop to bring the temp down in the gecko tank!
I was VERY grateful to have a second driver to chauffeur me home. I wouldn't have made it home with out her. We took alternating turns driving and sleeping. tho, she did most of the driving and i did most of the sleeping.
I'm glad people are posting when they're getting home. I know so many of you came to join us from SO far away. It's good to know that you're safe and sound. Thanks for coming out and joining us!
03:00 eastern and I just walked in the door.
Total drive miles: 8,226.0
Flatted, had to stay longer in Denver than planned to buy a replacement tire,
That would have put my fueling schedule off by half a day, but an all night drive got me back on time.
Sounds like a rear wheel bearing is going, but it might just be the different tread pattern on that corner now,
Consumed (leaked out) a gallon of oil on the trip,
Hit a skunk and the car stinks now,
Got some more "spy photos" this time of a Hyundai or Kia sedan. I'll have to open the camera images to determine which.
But that's later, Good night...
We got home late Saturday/early Sunday after enjoying the Oregon Coast from the California border north to Seaside. We found out the hard way how busy it can get in Seaside and Canon Beach on sunny Saturday, but it still worked out well. It was kind of cool briefly running into hotrodtdi from years back. It's always good to have some sort of TDI hat or clothing on.
Fuel economy for the 2,500km trip was 5.2l (~45 miles per US gallon). Glad to see you all there, now where is next years destination.
My wife Corrie and I along with two dogs are home safe and back at work. We arrived Sunday night. Just outside of Edmonton my stereo flashed a 'CDC Hardware Error' message and wouldn't eject Cds or play radio/mp3 for more than a couple of minutes before cutting out and flashing the message. So it is being replaced in Edmonton on warranty - but I have to drive 1400 km back in a month to get it. Oh well .
It was funny, the dealership called me after having the car for two hours and said their tech's computer couldn't communicate with my car. Then she asked if I installed any aftermarket items and implied it was my fault. I of course said no. They said they would call me back. We waited all day just to have her phone and apologize. Apparently the tech had their computer on the wrong setting so my computer was fine, it was their issue. So we wasted a day in Edmonton and had to stay overnight just to have them confirm my radio was broken. Ridiculous. I swear I will drive to Fix Um Haus for my next service just to keep it out of the hands of a dealer.
Other than that Rich at Fix Um Haus did an amazing job on my service before we left Portland and also did a Frostheater install. It was not an easy fit and he gave me a great deal. My car is running perfectly and we had no problems mechanically.
Our thanks to Fred, Zippy, Icecap who gave me a great tour of my engine compartment, Pat, Brian and everyone else we met. Good times for sure! Total on my trip 8928 km, not including the Alaska Marine and BC ferries.