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Old 01-23-2007, 09:26 AM   #1
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Cross country trip

Tell us from point A to point B.(NY to Cali)
How many miles?
The preparation?(what type of P service before the trip)
Activities/Adventure? (Did you car break down? Did you go over 100 mph? Where you stock in the desert or snow? Did you pick up a Hitchhiker? Did you get a speeding ticket? Did you attend a swing party, etc,etc).

PS. I am not interested about your Gumballs or Players run trip.


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Old 01-23-2007, 11:11 AM   #2
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I have made two long trips in the boxster. One from Miami to Houston one way, and the other was Houston to San Diego to San Jose to Yosemite to Las Vegas to Houston.

No speeding tickets (armed with a V1 at all times). No high speed driving (wife in car, refused to fall asleep, even in death valley). No breakdowns. Car was as dependable as a new Toyota Camry.

Went to the world's largest garlic festival held in Gilroy, California, just south of San Jose. Had a stinkin' good time too. Got there via Hwy 1 up the coast.

Oh yeah, we spent the afternoon at the Hurst Castle. Amazing place with antiquities that should have never been allowed to leave their home countries.

Yosemite has the hands-down most beautiful twisties for driving the boxster. The wife asked me if my face hurt because I'd been smiling for hours on end as we drove through the park each day.

Las Vegas was a total letdown. Drove down the boulevard with the top down and everything. Lost $20 on dime slots between us. Buffets sucked too.

The wife and would both say this driving vacation rivaled our trip to Alaska one summer.

Only bad thing to happen on the trip was that back then I had my stock muffler on and it heated up the rear trunk so much that the laces of my tennis shoes were embedded into the melted sole of the shoes and my new Porsche jacket got paint all over it from a home made game board we took along (the paint got hot and melted onto the jacket). Now I have my aftermarket muffler on and its very cool back there, btw.
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:08 PM   #3
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I drove NYC - Palo Alto in 99, but not in a Porsche (in my e36 BMW convertible), going the southern way through Indy, St. Louis, Tulsa, Amarillo, Albuquerque.

The highlight of the trip was running over a deer carcass at 80 mph in western PA(so a jacked-up alignment the rest of the way). I was trying to make the best time as I was driving solo and in the process of moving, not vacationing or stopping to smell the roses, but I still think driving cross- the US is something that people should do at least once in their life.

From my experience, the friendliest people in general seemed to be in Oklahoma. The least friendly and borderline surly, Indianapolis. Scariest place to stop, West Virginia, the stories are true . Best road sign: "Do Not Pick Up Hitchikers, They May Be Excaping Inmates" seen in eastern New Mexico on I-40.

Most serious speeds were maintained (90-100) in the western states where 70mph speed limits were approved at the time, although the 44 between Tulsa and OKC was a very fast-moving road. Saw the greatest highway patrol presence throughout Ohio on I-70 and surprisingly enough, when passing through Native American Indian reservations. The Indian Reservation police seemed very eager to recoup 150 years of injustice, one unsuspecting white man at a time, but fortunately I wasn't ticketed at any point in the trip.

Arrived in Palo Alto on New Year's eve to greet the new millenium with my g/f at the time.
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Old 01-23-2007, 01:11 PM   #4
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Total mileage New York City to Los Angeles--2802
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Old 01-23-2007, 05:54 PM   #5
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Old 01-23-2007, 06:04 PM   #6
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Rail, you ain't lying about that! We only drove about 5 hours a day on our trip and each and every day I got out of the car I thought I had rigamortis setting in. Whew!
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I drive to Phoenix reguarly (5 hours) and I swear my butt looks like a P car seat.
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Quote:
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I drive to Phoenix reguarly (5 hours) and I swear my butt looks like a P car seat.
Now there's a visual I really didn't need.
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Just for you Grizz...now don't you go gettin' all googly eyed...
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In the mid 80s I drove Atlanta to Cleveland in 9.5 hours incuding 3 stops for gas & a lunch break in a 914 that my dad & I had restored. At one point I went by a Georgia highway patrolman near the Tenn border. I looked down at the spedo & it was just bouncing so I don't know how fast I was really going but the cop was either sleeping or didn't want to get into a high speed chase on a Sunday morning.

Last week I drove an Audi back from Dallas for my wife. Great drive, fantastic BBQ in the south especially TX & AK. Had a minor probem with the coils because the dealer didn't prep the car properly which became apparent in Memphis. So I took the Graceland tour. Really great visiting the home of the King.

Bought my Boxster last Feb in St Louis & drove it back to Cleveand. I got pulled over 52 minutes into the drive by a HP who wanted to know what kind of a car I was driving. I told him and as he was ripping the ticket out of his book he remarked "well it sure do run good!!! "
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Old 01-24-2007, 05:09 AM   #11
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When I got my Boxster last month I picked it up in Houston and drove it back to South Carolina. My friends told me I was crazy mileage and time wise but I really wanted to drive it and see part of the country I had never been to. I took an hour to get out of Houston with the wonderful afternoon traffic.

I drove I-10 until I got to Louisiana; I went through New Orleans and down to I-90 to travel along the coast. Highest speed was 91 on a long bridge across a Bayou with a convertible M3 a guy had picked up at the same dealer. I kept having to divert back up to I-10 due to the Katrina damage and bridges still being washed out. I was shocked to see how some people have not recovered from this.

I stayed on the night coast in Gulfport Mississippi then completed the trip the next day after a 45 minute sit on the hood session in Atlanta due to a wreck on the intestate. My friends called during the wait wanting to know if I had the car and what I thought. My first response was small, harsh, but a lot of fun to dive.

The trip was a little over 1000 miles and 15 hours of driving. As much as I loved driving the new Boxster, I must say when I got home I could not wait to get out of those sport seats. Man those things get hard after a few hours
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Hi,

I bought my Boxster in Springfield, IL (Isringhausen Porsche) and drove it back to MSP - 9.5 Hrs. Great Drive, through rural IL and WI, but mostly I-90/94 all the way. Top down half the trip with the latter half in a driving rain.

Best X-Country I ever did was with a friend from MSP to Hayward, CA (Bay Area). We had 4 days to make the round-trip. We were driving a fully equipped Silverado with trailer. On the trip out, we were delivering a '71 Datsun 240Z I sold to a person in SF (and charged $850 to deliver to them) and picking up a '73 Lotus Europa my friend bought in Hayward. Took I-35-I-80 through Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Nevada then I-880 through the Donner Pass and into Hayward.

We slept in a rest stop the first night somewhere in NE, had a 24oz. Steak Dinner outside Kearney, NE (complete w/ Cardiologist recommendation).

Spent the 2nd night in Reno, NV. With the advent of Tribal Casinos, Reno is dying. We went to a Sushi Restaurant and were the only ones there. The staff hovered around us and even gave us about $50 in free food just to keep us there drinking Sake.

Drove into Hayward the next day and spent 90 min. on the ground to transfer the Z and load up the Europa. Got stuck for 2 Hrs. in Donnar Pass due to snow (even though we unhitched the trailer and pulled 6 people from the ditch earning a total of $425 for our trouble). Once the road reopened, it was too late to go beyond Reno. So, we stayed there another night, won $1,500 gaming and had another excellent dinner.

Passed through Salt Lake City on the return trip and saw the Tabernacle. Stopped at the Salt Flats in Bonneville and ran the wheels off the Europa for 2 hrs. ('til we sucked the Tank dry). Driving in shifts, we completed the final 16 Hrs. back to MSP in one haul. Wonderful scenery and fun with a good friend.

I've also made the run from MSP to Tyler, TX, or Arkadelphia, AR, many times in 1 day. I ran a Hotel Co. and we owned a Hotel in each which I had to inspect twice annually. There is no reasonable airfare to either place, so I would drive it in 17-18 Hrs. This is the other X-Country...

Happy Motoring!... Jim'99

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Old 01-24-2007, 07:39 AM   #13
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Last October I bought my '00 Boxster S in Tuscon, AZ and drove it to Phoenix, AZ for a week. I then drove it from Phoenix to Anchorage, AK (almost 3800 miles) in five days. Phoenix to Idaho Falls (Day 1), Idaho Falls to Lethbridge, Alberta (2), Lethbridge to Grand Prairie (3), Grand Prairie to Whitehorse (4), Whitehorse to Anchorage (5).

Had the car looked over by a specialty import shop in Phoenix the day before I left. They replaced three spark plug tube seals in the right bank and changed the oil. I had new snow tires installed the morning of the second day of driving in Idaho Falls, ID.

I was relatively comfortable after each day of driving, despite spending close to 14 hours in it each day. Averaged 30 MPG (OBC).

Zero tickets (V1, saved me plenty of times), but I saw lots of cops between Calgary and Edmonton. Saw zero cops between Grand Prairie and AK. About the only run-in I had with "the fuzz" was at the border because I messed up the temporary registration process while in AZ........I didn't think I'd need it! I was extremely lucky to get into Canada on a "registration technicality". When I stopped in Lethbridge, Alberta I printed a temporary registration from the AZ DOT website and had no further difficulties.

I didn't stop to sightsee at all, I was in a hurry to beat the winter snow. Had a trailer tire explode next to me on a pickup pulling three 4-wheelers at 80 MPH. little bits hit my car (no damage). Averaged 10-15 MPH over the limit at all times, even while passnig big horn sheep, deer, moose in Canada. Saw a huge sheet hanging from the windows of a prison in Montana spray painted with the words "meth house". Got slightly lost in Edmonton trying to find the highway west, wasting about an hour. Almost put the car into a hillside just inside the AK border when I hit some black ice while taking an off-camber right-hander at 75 MPH. Few quick steering corrections to catch the back end and then I slowed. I took it very easy just east of Glenallen over the pass due to snow flurries.
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