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  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    Took a 6000 mile round trip from OH to CA in our '07 Prius. It's a good-sized vehicle for our family of 4 and the hatch-back design can hold a lot of stuff. Even though we get close to 50mpg at home, driving 80mph (75mph speed limit in a lot of southwest states) dropped the average MPG to the mid-40s. I spent $450 in gas to drive those 6000 miles. If I lived in the southwest on a regular basis, I'd see about maybe buying a diesel because I think they can get better MPG at those higher highway speeds. It would have cost about $1500 to fly, plus probably another few hundred for a rental car, so it was well worth it to drive, plus we got to see a lot of stuff along the way going throug the "fly-over" states.
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Am heading to CA next week from my home in Colorado. Should be around 2200 miles total. Hoping to get as far as I can on day 1 (12 hours? Vegas?) to make day 2 shorter.

    Taking my '06 Saturn ION with 72K on it. I did a shorter trip a couple weeks ago and got over 32 MPG on one tank with AC running.

    Looking forward to I-70 and I-15 in Utah where the posted limit is now 80 MPH.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,141
    Denver to Vegas has a lot of nice scenery. Why rush it? You''ll probably lose it all on Day 2 in one of those traffic backups in Primm - just kidding!
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Denver to Vegas has a lot of nice scenery. Why rush it? You''ll probably lose it all on Day 2 in one of those traffic backups in Primm - just kidding!

    Yeah, I've done the drive a number of times over the years. I love the vistas in Utah.

    I'm leaving Wednesday, so I'm hoping not to encounter too much traffic on Thursday, when I'll be going from Vegas to LA
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,982
    If you think cousin Vinnie's slide shows are insipid and tedious now, just wait. :)

    "Roadtrip Video Recorder documents hours of family fun while traveling on the highway."

    Versatile camera can enhance vacations (Detroit News)

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  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Day one of the road trip is in the books. Denver to mesquite Nevada. Approximately 670 miles. First tank yielded 33 mpg. Second tank was 29. Lots of construction - one lane. 40 mph speeds. Should only have six hours or so tomorrow.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,982
    edited September 2012
    Went west to Escanaba, south to Traverse City, cross state to Port Huron and then north to Whitefish Point and followed the coast of Superior back to Marquette and then home. So we've pretty much "done" Michigan (caught the thumb of the mitten last year). We did the north shore of Superior years ago, so we've managed to go around it too now.

    Anyway, the drive along the National Lakeshore between Whitefish (or Grand Marais if you don't want to go to end of the "regular" road) and Munising was a great drive. Champagne asphalt, curvy, uncrowded (a few maples have turned but it's not leaf peeping season yet) with forest and water views. Almost took out a deer though.

    The traffic we did see seemed to be there for the road. There was a 20+ contingent of Porsches (notable because the stuck the 4 or 5 Cayennes running sweep so as not to block anyone's view :shades: ) and lots of motorcyclists cruising.

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    Better get used to seeing more Cayenne SUVs. Best selling Porsche model. They are out selling many of their competition. Who knows, I may go for the diesel model. It is rated higher mileage than its stable mate the Touareg TDI. Also a hybrid model. Not very good highway mileage. The Touareg is really better looking. Sorry Porsche, If I get one from you it will be a 911.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,982
    Carhenge: A Bucket-List Destination for Those With Time, and Gas, to Burn (NY Times)

    Me neither (nor Cadillac Ranch for that matter).

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  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    Be careful not to mistake the Cadillac Ranch with the Mustang Ranch. Your wife may never forgive you.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,982
    edited September 2012
    The in-laws used to live in Carson City, so they took us on the (external) tour of one of the chicken ranches. Defunct now I think (looked pretty seedy back in the day too - chain link and double-wide trailers).

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    I thought the Mustang Ranch went broke and Obama gave them Stimulus money to keep going. :shades:
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    Hey, that capitalized word that's not a name isn't intended as a pun, is it?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,982
    edited September 2012
    The Mustang guy absconded to Brazil when the feds tried to nab him back in the 90s. Contrary to popular belief, the feds never ran the ranch.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,506
    Aren't the Feds and DC culture in general kind of filling the same role (selling) as that ranch? So if you want the sell yourself experience, just take a trip to the beltway. Probably dirtier than a Nevada funhouse, so watch out :shades:
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,982
    Bah, I was in DC earlier in the spring enjoying the cherry blossoms. Great place to visit although we messed up by not taking the Metro over the river. At least we were burning my sister's gas creeping around the Tidal Basin.

    Trying to fit in a road trip to the Twin Cities. Haven't been to Minneapolis in umpteen years, unless you count the airport. Half the distance to Detroit and even a couple of hours closer than Chicago.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,506
    So you missed the DC equivalent to the Nevada funhouses (various legislative and judicial branches, and the lobbyists who infest them)?

    In about 6 weeks I will be on a little road trip in a place where people usually drive properly - many time zones to the east of here. Probably a needless splurge...but you only live once.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,982
    Heh, I saw Senator Stennis in those hallowed halls back in the 60s. Got a quill pen from the Supreme Court gift shop on another trip. These days, I just go for the food and the gardens (been to Dumbarton Oaks probably six times now).

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,506
    Next time bring a briefcase full of unmarked bills...you might be able to buy yourself a law. Tax breaks for yoopers! ;)
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