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    Thread: 27 Day Miata Trip - 7000 miles

    1. Member Datsun40146's Avatar
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      06-20-2012 11:47 AM #1
      OK having owned my Miata for about a year now, made several modifications and raced a bit with the SCCA. I thought it was time for a road trip. I will be updating this thread as I go and as I find free WiFi. We will (as in Dad and I) leave this Thursday morning and will return on the 18th of July. Sleeping in a two man tent and avoiding highways when ever possible. I am posting the main spots were are trying to hit on this trip but I can't for the life of me find a trip optimizer for the route. Also, is there not anything worth seeing in the great plains area? Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska are dead to me. I'm just driving through them. So, if anyone has any cool road suggestions or places to stop please let me know. Here is the basic route and what the stops are.

      Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
      Devils Tower, Wyoming
      Custer State Park, SD
      Needles Highway
      Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
      Yellowstone National Park.
      Beartooth Highway
      Grand Teton National Park
      Going-To-The-Sun Rd, Mt
      West Glacier, Montana
      Mt St Helens, , Washington
      Mt Rainier National Park, Ashford, WA
      Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
      Leggett, CA (Beginning of the Coast Road)
      Yosemite National Park, Ca
      Las Vegas, NV
      Hoover Dam, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, NV
      Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
      Arches national park Utah
      Canyonlands Utah
      Moab, Utah
      Albuquerque, NM, USA (Family and a much needed shower at this point)
      Hoover Al (Again Family)

      The general problem I have is finding decent campsites along my route. Also there is nothing on my trip in the middle of the country. On the return leg between Albuquerque and Hoover I got nothing which is exactly the same as the going out leg between Irvington Ky (starting point) and Mount Rushmore. I don't know the western part of the country that well, so if I'm driving right by something that is NOT to be missed or if you want to offer up your couch for a night please let me know.
      Pictures to come...shortly of the trusty steed and prep work.

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      06-20-2012 11:50 AM #2
      Having taken a mediocre car to some of those places, you will absolutely LOVE having a Miata there. Best of luck with this trip. You're doing what I've been nagging my girlfriend to do with my Miata since I bought it
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      06-20-2012 01:17 PM #3
      Day 0 Zero Miles Covered. Packing begins now.
      I still need to add campsites, but this is the basic outline.
      https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...4872,43.286133

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      06-20-2012 01:19 PM #4
      Why so many interstates? Do some more back roads, state highways and farm roads.
      Improving the signal-to-noise ratio

    5. 06-20-2012 01:54 PM #5
      If you've got the time, check out the Chief Joseph highway in Cody WY, just outside Yellowstone to the East... a super road for the Miata.

      Sounds like a great trip, I got to some of those spots in my old golf many years ago... have fun!

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      06-20-2012 01:54 PM #6
      IN.

      So jealous of you for this, I wish you luck.
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      06-20-2012 01:55 PM #7
      we want pics and videos! make sure you pack a good camera or a gopro.
      Quote Originally Posted by capsaicin View Post
      AP1 S2000? I can not in good conscience talk you out of that. May your slip angle be great and your bed not be the couch!

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      06-20-2012 03:16 PM #8
      man, I really want to do this some day. I know you'll have a blast, something you'll remember the rest of your life

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      06-20-2012 03:18 PM #9
      If you decide you want to see Texas, come to Houston and I'll buy ya a beer and give you the tour.

      A bit out of the way but it'll get you something in the "center" of the country

      Same for Austin, as I'm there enough.
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      06-20-2012 03:26 PM #10
      Awesome man, have a good time!

      Quote Originally Posted by adrew View Post
      Why so many interstates? Do some more back roads, state highways and farm roads.
      Yeah, I would agree.

      My friend who took a motorcycle tour around the US said:

      "Take the windiest roads you can find. It'll take you longer, but seem shorter"

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      06-20-2012 03:34 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Datsun40146 View Post
      Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska are dead to me. I'm just driving through them. So, if anyone has any cool road suggestions or places to stop please let me know.
      Stop in Iowa City (on I80) and have a cheeseburger and a beer or two at George's. You won't regret it.

      http://www.yelp.com/biz/georges-buffet-iowa-city


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      06-20-2012 03:42 PM #12
      make your way to NYC and i'll buy your first Brooklyn Slice! and if you want, we can visit Brennen & Carr (about 2 minutes away) where Adam Richmond from Man Vs Food goes.
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      06-20-2012 06:37 PM #13
      I would say stop by El Paso and I would get you a beer or two.
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      06-20-2012 07:24 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Datsun40146 View Post
      Day 0 Zero Miles Covered. Packing begins now.
      I still need to add campsites, but this is the basic outline.
      https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...4872,43.286133
      Me personally, having done almost every mile of the California coast, two thirds the Oregon coast, and a quarter of the Washington coast, I would strongly recommend taking Highway 1 all the way down to at least Morro Bay, CA before heading east.

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      06-20-2012 08:29 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by AZGolf View Post
      Me personally, having done almost every mile of the California coast, two thirds the Oregon coast, and a quarter of the Washington coast, I would strongly recommend taking Highway 1 all the way down to at least Morro Bay, CA before heading east.
      A million times, this.

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      06-20-2012 08:39 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Datsun40146 View Post
      OK having owned my Miata for about a year now, made several modifications and raced a bit with the SCCA.
      Did you do NASA? Because autox is not really racing.

      Where did you NASA at, and how did you decide to get your license with SCCA?

      Looks like a fun road trip!
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      06-20-2012 08:42 PM #17
      Miata Prep! MREs stowed behind the seats. Enough food for 7 days for 2 men. One more duffel bag will be loaded into the trunk. Its going to be a full load. Clothing enough for 5 days in the bag, a two man tent, and two sleeping bags.



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      06-20-2012 09:02 PM #18
      i like where this is going!
      Quote Originally Posted by capsaicin View Post
      AP1 S2000? I can not in good conscience talk you out of that. May your slip angle be great and your bed not be the couch!

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      06-20-2012 09:10 PM #19
      Just did something similar in my '94. Here was my route.


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      06-20-2012 09:11 PM #20
      I hope yours has cruise control because mine doesn't.
      I'll be in my bunk.

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      06-20-2012 09:21 PM #21
      Use Google Street View to look at roads if you are debating on a route. I just did an 1800 mile one and would always take the windy 2-lane instead of the boring straight four-lane divided state highway whenever possible.
      Improving the signal-to-noise ratio

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      06-20-2012 09:24 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by muffintop View Post
      I hope yours has cruise control because mine doesn't.
      i have a great story about this. my friend flew to socal to buy a super clean and low mileage Evo SE. he had researched the hell out of it and now a year later it is heavily modded making over 550awhp. anyway, he goes out there after researching everything down to the ECU specs and plans to drive it back to MI.

      about 15 minutes out of the dealer...he realized (and didn't know before) that the Evo SE he bought didn't have cruise control. worst 2000 mile trip home EVER.
      Quote Originally Posted by capsaicin View Post
      AP1 S2000? I can not in good conscience talk you out of that. May your slip angle be great and your bed not be the couch!

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      06-20-2012 09:33 PM #23
      awesome! Enjoy the trip
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      06-20-2012 11:05 PM #24
      subscribed to future epic thread. The road is awesome.
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      06-21-2012 12:44 AM #25
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