Cross Country Road Trip & RJ Meet Up

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    Jun 27, 2013 11:30 PM GMT
    Hey guys,
    I'm taking a cross country road trip next week from Virginia to San Francisco and back in ten days. It's probably a stupid idea, and I realize that most of my time will be spent driving, but that's what I love icon_biggrin.gif I'm hoping to see some cool sites along the way and meet up with some of of my RJ buddies. If any of you live along my route and would like to meet or have suggestions for places I should see, let me know. Here's a tentative schedule:

    Saturday/Sunday, June 29-30 Chicago, Illinois
    Monday, July 1 Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota
    Tuesday, July 2 Missoula, Montana
    Wednesday, July 3 Portland, Oregon
    Thursday/Friday, July 4-5 San Francisco, California
    Saturday, July 6 Ogden, Utah
    Sunday, July 7 Omaha, Nebraska
    Monday, July 8 Louisville, Kentucky
    Tuesday, July 9 Back to Virginia

    Each color on the map is a different day:


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    Jun 28, 2013 12:11 AM GMT
    man24789818 saidHey guys,
    I'm taking a cross country road trip next week from Virginia to San Francisco and back in ten days. It's probably a stupid idea, and I realize that most of my time will be spent driving, but that's what I love icon_biggrin.gifI'm hoping to see some cool sites along the way and meet up with some of of my RJ buddies. If any of you live along my route and would like to meet or have suggestions for places I should see, let me know. Here's a tentative schedule:

    Saturday/Sunday, June 29-30 Chicago, Illinois
    Monday, July 1 Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota
    Tuesday, July 2 Missoula, Montana
    Wednesday, July 3 Portland, Oregon
    Thursday/Friday, July 4-5 San Francisco, California
    Saturday, July 6 Ogden, Utah
    Sunday, July 7 Omaha, Nebraska
    Monday, July 8 Louisville, Kentucky
    Tuesday, July 9 Back to Virginia

    Each color on the map is a different day:


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    From one who has done this 45 - 50 times, you're sure missing just about everything when it comes to "cool sites"
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    Jun 28, 2013 12:17 AM GMT
    First major hugely important rule is get the hell off of the interstates once you get to the rockies. You miss just about EVERYTHING doing it the way you have it planned.
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    Jun 28, 2013 12:18 AM GMT
    Aww. No LA. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jun 28, 2013 12:27 AM GMT
    xrichx saidAww. No LA. icon_neutral.gif


    Yeah, it's too bad that he's really wasting a potentially good road trip .... one of my top five favorite activities.
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    Jun 28, 2013 4:29 AM GMT
    Take me with you. I'm from VA. What kind of vehicle you taking?
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    Jun 28, 2013 6:22 AM GMT
    I found that doing a fast-as-you-can roadtrip makes sight-seeing rather pointless since you don't have time to hike, camp, etc; and instead I keep an eye out for fast-stop Americana at it's most bizarre.

    Here are three from my last trip on a section of Interstate 90 in 2011.


    Austin MN — The SPAM Museum

    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2126

    Mitchell SD — The Corn Palace

    http://www.cornpalace.org/#

    Take your pick:

    Wall SD — Wall Drug or Wounded Knee Museum

    http://www.walldrug.com/t-history.aspx

    http://woundedkneemuseum.org/
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    Jun 28, 2013 6:32 AM GMT
    Well, having done parts of that several times... You're out of your mind. Double or triple the time, just for driving time. WIthout meeting anyone.

    No offense.

    Just FYI. From Rushmore, you'll prolly end up somewhere in Wyoming to crash for the night. Be prepared for huge thunderstorms, hail, and tornados. Last time I did that, I pulled over at some state park sign and rolled under the truck. Had no idea where I was. Woke up, and the truck was parked out on a point over a lake, ringed with mountains. Looked exactly like the lake in "Brokeback Mountain" (although I hear they filmed that in Canadia). I knew at that moment that I could never live in the east again.

    WTF? If you're heading to PDX, why does the map show you going up I 90 to Sleazattle? Make up your mind. If you're going to PDX, take, hwy 12 from Missoula to Umatilla, then roll down I84 to PDX. Otherwise, just hang in seattle.

    You CAN drive down I5 to SFO in a day, but it induces brain damage. You could go down 101 on the coast or 97/95 in the mountains and see some real places. In two days.

    BTW: If you do go down I84 or US97, you could stop at my place for a beer. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 28, 2013 12:20 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidWell, having done parts of that several times... You're out of your mind. Double or triple the time, just for driving time. WIthout meeting anyone.

    No offense.

    Just FYI. From Rushmore, you'll prolly end up somewhere in Wyoming to crash for the night. Be prepared for huge thunderstorms, hail, and tornados. Last time I did that, I pulled over at some state park sign and rolled under the truck. Had no idea where I was. Woke up, and the truck was parked out on a point over a lake, ringed with mountains. Looked exactly like the lake in "Brokeback Mountain" (although I hear they filmed that in Canadia). I knew at that moment that I could never live in the east again.

    WTF? If you're heading to PDX, why does the map show you going up I 90 to Sleazattle? Make up your mind. If you're going to PDX, take, hwy 12 from Missoula to Umatilla, then roll down I84 to PDX. Otherwise, just hang in seattle.

    You CAN drive down I5 to SFO in a day, but it induces brain damage. You could go down 101 on the coast or 97/95 in the mountains and see some real places. In two days.

    BTW: If you do go down I84 or US97, you could stop at my place for a beer. icon_smile.gif


    "You're out of your mind. Double or triple the time, just for driving time."

    Agree. Plus he misses everything. Drives right by, but misses Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier, Banff, Canadian Rockies National Park, Vancouver (if you have a passport to get into Canada), Oregon Coast, Carmel, Big Sur, color country in southern Utah, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef, Arches, Rocky Mountain National Park plus several others that I'm probably forgetting right now. .

    You might want to consider flying to Denver and pick up a rental car there to start and end the road trip. That way you could get back four days of the trip where you'll be seeing nothing. If you want to do the entire trip by car you really need two to three weeks at a minimum.

    I know I've spammed my vids on here countless times, but if you enjoy any of the below ... great ... you're going to miss all of it except for the short section of I-70 in the Eisenhower pass area west of Denver.

    Almost all of this one is in and around Banff and Canadian Rockies up to Jasper.



    True, a winter cross country trip, but I think color country in Southern Utah is even more spectacular.



    Summer trip starting with Grand Canyon (forget it at this time of the year) up through color country in Utah then grand Tetons and Yellowstone

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    Jun 28, 2013 12:44 PM GMT
    Wish I could do that!
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    Jun 28, 2013 12:44 PM GMT
    man24789818 saidSaturday/Sunday, June 29-30 Chicago, Illinois

    Damn I wish I hadn't moved away from Chicago! icon_twisted.gif
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    Jun 28, 2013 3:20 PM GMT
    Ah not Kansas City?
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    Jun 28, 2013 7:25 PM GMT
    Hey guys, thanks for the replies and the cool suggestions. I know it's crazy to just stick to the highways, but honestly, I love highway driving. I love seeing the countryside speed by. I love being able to go fast. Highway driving out west is so much more fun than here in the east where there's trees blocking all the views and the speed limit is 55 MPH. So the drive IS the experience for me. I don't get a lot of opportunities to head out on the open highway for a solo road trip, and the monotony can actually be therapeutic. My buddies and I drove out to California last summer taking the southern route, and even though we stuck to the highways, we still saw some cool stuff we'd never seen before. So I'm sure it will be the same, if not better, taking the northern route. I wish I could take longer but I only have 5 days to go out as far as I can and then 5 days to get back. So my main goal is to see if I can get all the way to the west coast and still see some cool stuff along the way and hopefully meet up with some RJ buddies.
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    Jun 28, 2013 7:31 PM GMT
    man24789818 saidHey guys, thanks for the replies and the cool suggestions. I know it's crazy to just stick to the highways, but honestly, I love highway driving. I love seeing the countryside speed by. I love being able to go fast. Highway driving out west is so much more fun than here in the east where there's trees blocking all the views and the speed limit is 55 MPH. So the drive IS the experience for me. I don't get a lot of opportunities to head out on the open highway for a solo road trip, and the monotony can actually be therapeutic. My buddies and I drove out to California last summer taking the southern route, and even though we stuck to the highways, we still saw some cool stuff we'd never seen before. So I'm sure it will be the same, if not better, taking the northern route. I wish I could take longer but I only have 5 days to go out as far as I can and then 5 days to get back. So my main goal is to see if I can get all the way to the west coast and still see some cool stuff along the way and hopefully meet up with some RJ buddies.



    I've driven across a few times! I'm in Chicago, so it's easy to go whichever way I'd like. We just got back last Sunday from the Outer Banks of NC! So we were in your area. It was great. It looks like you're taking 90 up to Washington state. A couple places I stopped on my way there were the Badlands in South Dakota which was pretty awesome to drive through. Another stop along my way was Couere d'Alene Idaho... I can't say enough about this place, everyone was friendly and the lake had the clearest waters I've ever seen. Our stop on that trip was the San Juan Islands in WA. Which were also spectacular!!!

    EDIT: Mt Rushmore was great too, learning more about Guton Borglum was very interesting!
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    Jun 28, 2013 9:02 PM GMT
    Lots of guys in SF that would jump at the chance to meet you but if you don't find a liking to the and just want to grab a drink or a bite to eat with a down to earth average guy, let me know. Love meeting guys in town.
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    Jun 28, 2013 9:53 PM GMT
    Chicago, Sunday June 30 is Pride Parade -- 850,000 expected
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    Jun 28, 2013 10:34 PM GMT
    Forget about meeting anyone or sightseeing other than from your car window.

    Reminds me of when people budget two weeks to update their kitchen and, of course, it ends up taking six or seven or ten weeks...lol.
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    Jun 28, 2013 10:44 PM GMT
    you're not visiting Alaska? rude... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 29, 2013 12:09 AM GMT
    I was gonna chastise you for not visiting Delaware, then I noticed you live in DC...just a 2 hour drive from me. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 29, 2013 12:33 AM GMT
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    mindgarden saidWell, having done parts of that several times... You're out of your mind. Double or triple the time, just for driving time. WIthout meeting anyone.

    No offense.

    Just FYI. From Rushmore, you'll prolly end up somewhere in Wyoming to crash for the night. Be prepared for huge thunderstorms, hail, and tornados. Last time I did that, I pulled over at some state park sign and rolled under the truck. Had no idea where I was. Woke up, and the truck was parked out on a point over a lake, ringed with mountains. Looked exactly like the lake in "Brokeback Mountain" (although I hear they filmed that in Canadia). I knew at that moment that I could never live in the east again.

    WTF? If you're heading to PDX, why does the map show you going up I 90 to Sleazattle? Make up your mind. If you're going to PDX, take, hwy 12 from Missoula to Umatilla, then roll down I84 to PDX. Otherwise, just hang in seattle.

    You CAN drive down I5 to SFO in a day, but it induces brain damage. You could go down 101 on the coast or 97/95 in the mountains and see some real places. In two days.

    BTW: If you do go down I84 or US97, you could stop at my place for a beer. icon_smile.gif


    "You're out of your mind. Double or triple the time, just for driving time."

    Agree. Plus he misses everything. Drives right by, but misses Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier, Banff, Canadian Rockies National Park, Vancouver (if you have a passport to get into Canada), Oregon Coast, Carmel, Big Sur, color country in southern Utah, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef, Arches, Rocky Mountain National Park plus several others that I'm probably forgetting right now. .

    You might want to consider flying to Denver and pick up a rental car there to start and end the road trip. That way you could get back four days of the trip where you'll be seeing nothing. If you want to do the entire trip by car you really need two to three weeks at a minimum.

    I know I've spammed my vids on here countless times, but if you enjoy any of the below ... great ... you're going to miss all of it except for the short section of I-70 in the Eisenhower pass area west of Denver.

    Almost all of this one is in and around Banff and Canadian Rockies up to Jasper.



    True, a winter cross country trip, but I think color country in Southern Utah is even more spectacular.



    Summer trip starting with Grand Canyon (forget it at this time of the year) up through color country in Utah then grand Tetons and Yellowstone



    THIS!

    Come to Canada... icon_biggrin.gif
    But seriously, as a person who has climbed around the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper, the scenery is nothing short of spectacular.
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    Jun 29, 2013 3:05 AM GMT
    And the best time is early June when there's still plenty of snow or the 2nd and 3rd week of September during fall colors.

    He's doing the equivalent of touring NYC by taking the subway and never coming up.
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    Jun 29, 2013 5:48 PM GMT
    In western Nebraska, Chimney Rock National Historic Site and the Scotts Bluff National Monument are supposed to be well-worth seeing and should be near your route.
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    Jul 01, 2013 4:58 AM GMT
    mileshelvetica saidChicago, Sunday June 30 is Pride Parade -- 850,000 expected


    Wow! That worked out pretty cool! I was able to see the parade and everything. Thanks for letting me know. Chicago is great!
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    Jul 01, 2013 5:42 AM GMT
    Uh make your way to SF. Plenty if cool guys down here. Plz? Plz! ?
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    Jul 01, 2013 5:36 PM GMT
    You will be arriving/leaving San Francisco during a transit strike, so time your attempt to cross the bridges into/out of the city very carefully. Unless you cross the bridges during mid-day (before 2:00 pm) or after 8:00 pm, it will take a very long time to get across, unless (very unlikely) the strike has settled. When you get near to SF, turn your AM radio to 740, and there are traffic reports every 10 minutes at the 8-minute point (10:08, 10:18, 10:28, etc.) and they will tell you how bad it is. Be careful parking in SF - they may enforce meters on the holiday (they will in the Fisherman's Wharf area), and over-time parking fines are $74 (It takes a lot of bucks to feed the porcine bureaucrats that run the city, and the easiest place to get it from is the unsuspecting tourists.) The good news is that half of SF leaves on holiday weekends, so there should be lots of parking available.