Well I'm sure that by now, most of you that had an interest have seen my other roadtrip thread that I took in the springtime. The one where I went to 25 states and driving 14.5k miles in a matter of 37 days. If you haven't seen it yet, here's the link:
Well I was looking at the route that I took and I can't really say that I went everywhere and experienced everything within the continental United States.
There's a whole bunch of states south of me that I've never set foot in. In fact, I've never even been south of Maryland. I've always wanted to go to Florida especially, and it seemed as though everyone except me has been there. Well it was time to rectify the situation.
So, I set off again in November 2009. This trip was going to take me from NYC to New Orleans to Key West, and back along the Appalachian mountains. Same car, a 95 Jetta 2.0. The only thing it needed since the last trip was a new driver's axle and a set of control arm bushings (I got the hybrid set from GAP). I picked up a set of Borbet Type E's over the summer and as it turns out, two of them have nasty bends in them that make the car shake at 40-50mph. It was pretty annoying but they've always been one of my favorite wheels so I stuck with them. I also had the feeling that the passenger-side axle was going but everything seemed fine from a visual inspection and it lasted for the whole trip. No other maintenance was performed this summer. So basically, nothing really went wrong with the car on yet another cross-country adventure. The car had 178k miles when I left, and when I returned 12 days later, I racked up another 5500 miles totaling 183.5k miles on the car right now. I beat my previous daily average by doing about 460 miles per day this time. Both trips combined have been 20,000 miles this year, traveling the country. An added bonus for this thread is that I'll be including some video footage which I hope everyone appreciates because it takes a while to create and edit the footage. I'll admit that this wasn't as grand of a trip as the previous one, but I can happily say that I've seen just about all the states in the continental US from behind the wheel of my Mk3.
Enough rambling, and onto the pictures...