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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.
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    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.
      Regarding DD'ing a tuned Evo:
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      It's composed at all speeds and at all times...it just feels like you're holding the leash on a 150lb pit bull and praying you don't see a squirrel.

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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!
      Regarding DD'ing a tuned Evo:
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      It's composed at all speeds and at all times...it just feels like you're holding the leash on a 150lb pit bull and praying you don't see a squirrel.

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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.
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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.
      Regarding DD'ing a tuned Evo:
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      It's composed at all speeds and at all times...it just feels like you're holding the leash on a 150lb pit bull and praying you don't see a squirrel.

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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 12:58 AM #26
      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.
      Two years ago I took PCH from Socal to Norcal and it was a great experience. I would highly recommend it. Monterey Bay is amazing to drive through. Good luck on your trip and I can't wait to see the update pics

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      06-21-2012 01:16 AM #27
      http://maps.google.com/?sll=45.42694....05,0.05#bmb=1

      Take lolo pass around mount hood. Three hours of single lane, unmarked, mostly gravel terror. Riveting.

      +1 for hwy 1
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      06-21-2012 01:30 AM #28
      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.
      I've driven HWY 1 from about Long Beach WA to Carlsbad CA. Fun roads, beautiful scenery, no traffic, trees you can drive through, dunes, beaches, mystery spots/museums, and of course old salvage yards.

      All while driving a Lumina APV with broken: cruise control, rear and side windows, and duct-taped driver's mirror. And while towing a Fiat 500.
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      06-21-2012 01:50 AM #29
      I'd recommend taking highway 2 between Spokane, WA and Seattle. It'll be a little out of your way, but one of the very best (and most scenic) roads in the country, IMO.
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      06-21-2012 02:28 AM #30
      On a trip about 1/3rd as long, I found AAA maps and State Atlases to be an invaluable asset in finding and connecting windy roads. Electronic maps don't even come close to showing enough on a single screen to be useful. Google Maps takes a lot of effort to put together a precise route.

      KOA campgrounds can be nice for having an easy campsite with water and showers. I believe they're nationwide.

      Stop in at the Chamber of Commerce of towns to find out where to stay and what to see. I did a trip earlier this year and found the workers at those offices to be very enthusiastic about helping me out, and I'd often walk out with a handful of maps and a few phone numbers of places to check out.

      I'd be cautious about camping with food in the car while you're in bear country, especially brown bear country. Even smaller critters might tear up your car to get at it. You should seriously consider getting a BearVault food canister from REI to store your food in. Sleep with that far away from where you sleep if you care to sleep soundly. You might do well to go a step further and get Opsak brand odor proof bags to store your food in inside that bear canister so that bears don't have a reason to fool around with your food canister even if they find it...it'll just be a worthless plastic jug to them.
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      06-21-2012 02:34 AM #31
      Drive CA-120 through Yosemite and CA-49 from Mariposa to Coulterville near Yosemite. Both mind blowingly good roads. Also, take Scenic HWY 128 in Utah when you get near Arches/Moab.


      Seriously, do those 3 roads. You WILL NOT regret it!
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      06-21-2012 04:29 PM #32
      Please make sure you take lots of photos.

      I'm planning a big road trip in my 91 miata for August, just a tick further then yours.

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      06-21-2012 05:08 PM #33
      Arkansas Suggestions:

      It looks like you plan on taking I-40 through Arkansas. Allow me to make a few suggestions (West to East).

      The western side of the state is a roadster/2-lane nirvana. Even though it is out of your way by a few hours, I highly recommend that you drive the "the pig trail" which runs between I-40 and Fayetteville (where the University of Arkansas is located). Here is a link:

      http://www.arkansas.com/places-to-go...ays/pig-trail/. You can cut off of 40 in Oklahoma and come into Arkansas up by Fayetteville and then make your way back to I-40 via the Pig Trail.

      If you want good two-lane roads, but dont want to go too far out of the way, get off of I-40 at Morrillton and take hwy 9/10 from Morrilton to Little Rock. It is a nice drive. You can also cut off on Hwy 300 which will link back up with 10 and it has some good switch backs as you get close to Little Italy. This detour is a no-brainer for your planned route. It only adds about 15 minutes to the drive time but gets you off of the interstate for a couple hours.

      East of Little Rock, the state really flattens out, but there are still things to do/see.

      There is absolutely no reason to take I-40 from Little Rock to Memphis. Hwy 70 runs parallel to I-40 from Little Rock to Memphis and is kind like the "Route 66" of Arkansas. It used to be the main roadway before the interstate system and goes through a bunch of little main street style towns.

      The highlight of Hwy 70 is Craig's BBQ in DeVall's Bluff (about half way between Little Rock and Memphis). It is a hole in the wall, but dont be intimidated. Order a pork sandwich with medium sauce (if you are hungry, make it two). Then, go across the street to the pie shop. It is in the back of an old lady's house and she will make you the best pie you have ever tasted.
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    34. 06-21-2012 05:22 PM #34
      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.
      Word. I've done HWY 1 in CA a few times in a car and once on a bicycle... to be so close and not drive through Big Sur would be a real shame...

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      06-21-2012 05:24 PM #35
      I hope your A/C + cooling system is in tip top shape! LV will definitely be a scorcher..

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