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    Thread: Another massive mk3 roadtrip - Southeast USA

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      11-17-2009 01:28 PM #1
      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:

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=4537823

      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...


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      11-17-2009 01:30 PM #2
      Day 1

      Left home at 3am. Got into Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia around 9am.

      I forgot to take a picture of just the falls without me in it, so here's one I found on google:

      Somewhere in Kentucky:

      Made it into Gatlinburg, Tennessee to see the Star Cars Museum

      BumbleBee from the Transformers movie

      One of the last 17 remaining General Lee's

      The Grand National from Fast and Furious 4

      The actual Eleanor, not a kit reproduction

      I thought this thing blew up?

      This was pretty cool. As you walked up the staircase to the second floor, they had a sensor that would trigger the headlights and make revving sounds. One of my favorite car movies

      A swimsuit Pam wore on the show

      Smokey and the Bandit

      Crazy Doc Brown and his time machine

      The Beverly Hillbillies jalopy

      The GTO from XXX

      K.I.T.T.

      Ghostbusters

      Hard to believe they ever made such huge cars

      Days of Thunder

      LeMans

      Bob Hope's 53 Skylark

      Then headed into a rest area for the night. It was a long day, almost 1000 miles in a single day.


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      11-17-2009 01:33 PM #3
      you're a mad man.

      what's next mexico?

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      11-17-2009 01:41 PM #4
      loved your last trip cant wait to see the rest of this one. nice seeing places i too have been

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      11-17-2009 01:53 PM #5
      I just remotely blessed the rivets in your 020.. They will last forever.
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      11-17-2009 01:55 PM #6
      wow man, you should be a national icon or something. to road trips.
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      11-17-2009 02:02 PM #7
      Day 2

      Alongside The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
      (I saved exploring the park in depth for the return trip)

      Scenic Foothills Parkway in Tennessee

      And the highlight of the day:

      The Tail of the Dragon! US129 near Deals Gap, TN and the South Caroline border. For those who don't know about this incredible road, it has 318 turns in a matter of 11 miles and is hailed as one of the best motorcycle and sports car roads in the world.

      This was the most fun I've ever had driving my car. Engine revving, tires burning, axles rubbing, fenders rubbing, the car smelling like burnt rubber. It was AMAZING! For anyone who's even remotely near, you have to drive this road. I don't care how far you have to travel. There are even motels nearby in the $20 range so you have no excuse.

      Now, a picture won't really do this road justice. So I spent most of the day yesterday creating this video. The camera is old and footage is shaky but nonetheless, I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy it.

      VIDEO:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSXFDadXOBA

      So I finished the entire 11 miles, put down the cameras, and breathed a sigh of relief and satisfaction. I had survived! Started heading back and the attention and alertness had faded. Well wouldn't you know it, I took a corner too fast and went off the road. It's hard to describe my feelings at that moment, running your pride and joy off a back Tennessee country road. I thought the car was going to be wrecked so far from home but kept myself from panicking and got all 4 wheels back onto pavement. Luckily there was a pullout right away.

      This is the one that did me in:

      Tire mark

      Digging into the gravel
      Apparantly I'm not the only one since there were lots of scrapemarks on the pavement from others too

      The pavement height was higher than it looks in the pic

      The car left it's mark on the pavement

      Pavement in the engine bay

      The pans had fresh paint on them before I left so all these marks are from that corner

      New battle scars

      But nothing broken! Nothing leaking, nothing bent, nothing I had to fix or get towed for so I was lucky. The car took it like a champ and continued on like nothing happened. And now I have an interesting story to tell.

      Soldiering on
      (I just taught myself how to make a gif!)

      Rest Area for the night in Alabama




      Modified by LG6R at 2:11 PM 11-17-2009


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      11-17-2009 02:18 PM #8
      you're a madman dude

    9. 11-17-2009 02:24 PM #9
      scary stuff on the Dragon. Great road though. Have a save trip

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      11-17-2009 02:32 PM #10
      awesome man, i am so jealous once again. good luck
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      11-17-2009 02:38 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by MKIII’s KING »
      what's next mexico?

      Nah, I was right there at the border in El Taso, Yuma, and Tijuana and didn't go over; didn't feel it was safe enough. But I still have another roadtrip brewing in the back of my mind that would top these.


      Quote, originally posted by Pineapplegti ! »
      I just remotely blessed the rivets in your 020.. They will last forever.
      Nice thought but nothing lasts forever.

      Quote, originally posted by Gotsol »
      scary stuff on the Dragon. Great road though. Have a save trip

      I drove like a granny after that. Also interesting watching an 18-wheeler negotiate those turns. Now that was dangerous, when a big rig takes up the entire roadway from ditch to ditch and cars/bikes coming around blind corners.

      I'm back home already, so everything went smoothly from there on out.


    12. 11-17-2009 02:42 PM #12
      Your threads are awesome.

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      11-17-2009 02:49 PM #13
      Day 3

      Mercedes-Benz factory tour in Vance, Alabama

      No pictures allowed on the tour, but these were in the museum

      1886 Daimler Motor Carriage

      En route to Louisiana

      These were the best of the bunch

      I took the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway but don't have any pics of that. It's the longest bridge on the planet at 23 miles long, including 8 miles of not seeing land due to the curvature of the Earth.

      New Orleans

      The po-po have an SRT8 Challenger!

      Took a Jazz cruise on the Natchez, the last remaining steam paddle boat on the Mississippi

      The steam room

      I think that'll be it for now.


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      11-17-2009 02:50 PM #14
      In for another 1!
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      11-17-2009 10:04 PM #15
      Sweet trip.

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      11-17-2009 10:21 PM #16
      Love your threads mang.
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      11-17-2009 10:34 PM #17
      awesome meeting you this past weekend, wish i had looked at the car closer. enjoying both your threads

      edit-i missed the video the first time through, my favorite song of all time. good choice.


      Modified by New 2 at 11:57 PM 11-17-2009

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      11-17-2009 10:37 PM #18
      Damn Danny!!

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      11-17-2009 11:25 PM #19
      When you going to do Canada. coast to coast along the trans canada?
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      11-17-2009 11:29 PM #20
      good stuff, again.

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      11-17-2009 11:53 PM #21
      Very awesome Danny!

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      11-17-2009 11:57 PM #22
      damn, you're already back.

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      11-18-2009 12:01 AM #23
      you are my inspiration for my trip this summer.

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      11-18-2009 12:06 AM #24
      roadtrips rock

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      11-18-2009 12:09 AM #25
      looks like fun!

      what's your profession btw?

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      11-18-2009 12:19 AM #26
      Another trip!! You should have stopped by for a beer at least!

      You put up with wheel shimmy on this trip? Do you have any heat shield rattling? That'd stop me from going over 100 miles right now...


      Modified by FL 2.0L at 12:33 AM 11-18-2009


    27. 11-18-2009 12:40 AM #27
      man, i feel like i'm sitting shotgun on the roadtrip. What do you do for a living?
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    28. 11-18-2009 01:15 AM #28
      You sir are a mad man! mad props!

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      11-18-2009 01:48 AM #29
      Quote, originally posted by New 2 »
      awesome meeting you this past weekend, wish i had looked at the car closer. enjoying both your threads

      edit-i missed the video the first time through, my favorite song of all time. good choice.

      Ditto Car's nothing special, was just another filthy mk3 with 3000 miles of brake dust and dirt from following the hurricane throughout the past week.

      Quote, originally posted by canucker »
      When you going to do Canada. coast to coast along the trans canada?

      Canada's beautiful and the people are nice but the gas prices are a bit too extravagent for my budget-minded tastes. Funny username btw

      Quote, originally posted by FL 2.0L »
      Another trip!! You should have stopped by for a beer at least!

      You put up with wheel shimmy on this trip? Do you have any heat shield rattling? That'd stop me from going over 100 miles right now...

      No heat shield rattling and nothing shimmied on the highway. Just back roads and cities where (luckily) I didn't do most of the driving.

      Quote, originally posted by Yeah Right! »

      what's your profession btw?

      Unemployed so I have a lot of time off and a small satchel of pennies saved up. It didn't really cost anything other than gas. I spent less than others would on a weekend getaway involving hotels and airfare. I didn't eat much either. One day I had a pear for breakfast and an apple for dinner. I need a diet anyway. Lots of things I did were even free or ridiculously cheap. You can see and do lots of things without paying an arm and a leg.

      Thanks to all for the comments. Without interest, I wouldn't have continued with the thread so on we go...


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      11-18-2009 01:56 AM #30
      Day 4

      Woke up in a Mississippi rest area. They provide armed security at night and even have private parking areas!

      The bedroom

      Cruised with this guy into Florida. Car sounded so nice. Who said Florida cars are spraybombed?
      (BTW, I didn't see any spraypainted cars the whole time I was in Florida, and I saw every part of the state)

      Pensacola Naval Air Station

      National Museum of Naval Aviation
      I love this pic

      The first plane to cross the Atlantic. It was huge! Like a massive ship with wings.

      The first plane to land on an aircraft carrier

      Buy a $25 war bond and enter the raffle to win a newish Ford V8!

      A Russian MIG-15

      The Blue Angels

      They fly in this close proximity!

      Then spent the rest of the time playing around with the jetfighters

      Left there at 5pm. Somehow, I thought Tampa was closer to Pensacola. Put it into the gps, 7hours and 500 miles away! It was a long night. Didn't get into Tampa until 1am, tired and bored out of my mind!


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      11-18-2009 01:57 AM #31
      You caught some nice pictures Hope everything goes well!

    32. 11-18-2009 08:52 AM #32
      man I must have missed you right as I was leaving Florida! Awesome road trip again! I know what I will be doing, come spring time! Like I said in your other thread, we should get a couple cars together. I have a friend who wants to bring his mk5 along.

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      11-18-2009 09:21 AM #33

      unperfectionist

    34. 11-18-2009 09:35 AM #34
      wow awesome. i'd love to do this.
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      11-18-2009 11:31 AM #35
      Quote, originally posted by stofficer2 »
      man I must have missed you right as I was leaving Florida! Awesome road trip again! I know what I will be doing, come spring time! Like I said in your other thread, we should get a couple cars together. I have a friend who wants to bring his mk5 along.

      Have you been to Shenandoah yet? It's right there in your state and I'm contemplating going again since the weather was so bad when I went.

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      When you move, you'd better take the long way there and stretch that trip if you can.


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