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Going to Drive Cross Country at the end of the month!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Hawaii Islander, Sep 5, 2008.


  1. Hawaii Islander

    Hawaii Islander Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Rio Rico, AZ
    I just got the word that I can ship my car to the mainland this month! (I had to get approval from the lien holder on my car).

    Firstly, I'd like to thank all the TBers that bought some of my music gear these past few weeks! It was with your help that I could afford to ship my car and move back to the mainland to look for work. MAHALO!!!

    I'm going to travel with my nephew from Seattle, WA to Massachusetts. He's going to help drive. :) He'll get to meet all his relatives from back east. I'll post a Google map of my travel route soon. If any TBers know of points of interest along the route please let me know.

    BTW: We might not take the most direct route. We might go south to Sacramento, then east to Nevada, then South to Las Vegas, and finally head northeast to Massachusetts. I was stationed at Nellis, AFB for a couple of years and haven't been back that way for many years.

    I'll update this thread periodically. ;)

    Mike
     
  2. Once you clear the Rockies, just keep driving until you cross the Appalachians. I'd spend any diversions out west.
     
  3. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Yep, because as soon as you're east of Vegas your on that vast expanse of nothing known as the East Coast. ;)
     
  4. WickedPissah

    WickedPissah

    Jan 22, 2008
    Boston
    psst...interstate 90 in seattle ends up in boston. just in case you didn't know.
     
  5. Hawaii Islander

    Hawaii Islander Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Rio Rico, AZ
    So I've been told. But it seems kinda boring. :bag::p
     
  6. WickedPissah

    WickedPissah

    Jan 22, 2008
    Boston
    our part here, the mass pike, is a weather dividing line. it's weird.
     
  7. Croox

    Croox

    Sep 16, 2007
    South Side Chicago
    have fun on 90 its all tore up going from WI into IL.
     
  8. Hawaii Islander

    Hawaii Islander Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Rio Rico, AZ
    I heard that they have a reduced speed limit in that area do to the road conditions. Is that still in effect?
     
  9. Croox

    Croox

    Sep 16, 2007
    South Side Chicago
    yup and the cops are in that area full force so beware
     
  10. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Well... Where you at Hawaiian Islander? Oh, BTW, are you going to change your username now? :)
     
  11. Hawaii Islander

    Hawaii Islander Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Rio Rico, AZ
    I'm still in Hawaii. I leave for Seattle on the 29th. I will be the TBer formally named Hawaii Islander Yo! :smug:


    Here is a list of places that my nephew and I will be passing through on our trip.

    Cross Country Trip: Seattle, WA to Salem, MA

    Individual legs of road trip: # miles Cumulative miles


    Seattle, WA to Portland, OR: 174 174

    Portland, OR to Eugene, OR: 109 283

    Eugene, OR to Medford, OR (1): 167 449

    Medford, OR to Reno, NV (1): 305 755

    Reno, NV to Tonopah, NV: 238 993

    Tonopah, NV to Beatty, NV: 93.6 1086

    Beatty, NV to Las Vegas, NV (2): 117 1203

    Las Vegas, NV to Kingman, AZ: 104 1308

    Kingman, AZ to Flagstaff, AZ: 149 1457
    Flagstaff, AZ to Gallup, NM: 185 1642

    Gallup, NM to Albuquerque, NM: 140 1782

    Albuquerque, NM to Santa Fe, NM (1): 63.7 1846

    Santa Fe, NM to Amarillo, TX: 281 2127

    Amarillo, TX to Oklahoma City, OK: 258 2385

    Oklahoma City, OK to Fort Smith, AR: 181 2566

    Fort Smith, AR to Little Rock, AR (1): 160 2726

    Little Rock, AR to Memphis, TN: 135 2861

    Memphis, TN to Nashville, TN: 214 3075

    Nashville, TN to Knoxville, TN (1): 179 3254

    Knoxville, TN to Roanoke, VA: 259 3513

    Roanoke, VA to Harpers Ferry, WVA (1): 207 3720

    Harpers Ferry, WVA to Harrisburg, PA: 93 3813

    Harrisburg, PA to Allentown, PA: 84.5 3898

    Allentown, PA to Manhattan, NY: 93 3991

    Manhattan, NY to Norwalk, CT: 48.7 4040

    Norwalk, CT to Bridgeport, CT: 14.4 4054

    Bridgeport, CT to New Haven, CT: 19.4 4073

    New Haven, CT to Warwick, RI: 92 4165

    Warwick, RI to Providence, RI: 11.5 4177

    Providence, RI to Pawtucket, RI: 6.9 4184

    Pawtucket, RI to Andover, MA (1): 68.4 4252
    Andover, MA to Salem, MA: 18 4270
     
  12. dangnewt

    dangnewt Veteran Dispenser

    Jun 6, 2003
    MetroWest Boston
    You are hitting a bunch of my favorite places - Flagstaff, Memphis, New York, Boston :) I'm jealous - enjoy the trip.
     
  13. Hawaii Islander

    Hawaii Islander Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Rio Rico, AZ
    Thanks!

    Any "good eats" places or other points of interest you know of in these places?

    Of course we will get as many pics of the Grand Canyon as possible.

    I am stopping at Gibson in Memphis and Nashville. I have to find the Jack Daniels plant too.

    We will also stop by the WTC Ground Zero.

    On the 11th or 12th of Oct, we'll probably stop by the Topsfield Fair. :)

    Mike
     
  14. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric

    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Lemme know when youre in NYC. I'll hook you up with some free shrimp
     
  15. Hawaii Islander

    Hawaii Islander Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Rio Rico, AZ
    :D
     
  16. dangnewt

    dangnewt Veteran Dispenser

    Jun 6, 2003
    MetroWest Boston
    The Grand Canyon truly lives up to its name. We also spent a day in Sedona which is worth a visit. I enjoyed the Walnut Canyon National Monument which is not far from Flagstaff.

    I'm not sure there is such a thing as "bad eats" in Memphis. I went to BB King's place and had the best ribs I ever had and I understand that there are a couple places in town that are even better!

    I also enjoyed the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green Kentucky.

    When you are in Little Rock, be sure to go to Hot Springs and do the whole bath/massage routine. Hot Springs is like a throwback to the Roaring Twenties - I was there maybe 20 years ago and it may have changed, but it had this once-elegant-but-now-a-bit-worn-down vibe that I loved. That is about the half-way point in your trip and you'll be ready for some relaxing.

    If you are anywhere near Gettysburg - I recommend visiting the battlefield.
     
  17. Hawaii Islander

    Hawaii Islander Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Rio Rico, AZ
    I'll definitely do that. We are staying in Harpers Ferry, the site of another major Civil War Battlefield. They also have a Civil War museum and preserved area there.

    Thanks for the info!

    BTW: We are looking for a reasonable "month-to-month" apartment to start with. I'm in contact with some places, but if you know of any resources please point them out.

    Thanks!

    Mike
     

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