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    1. 05-22-2020 02:38 PM #1
      So I'm starting this thread early. Photos will come.

      The route looks something like this:



      Timing looks something like this:
      Leave tonight, Friday, at around 3.
      Get to Lake Almanor around 7.
      Leave Lake Almanor around 10am
      Get to Everett around 7pm
      Pick up New to me Car sunday at 9:30am
      Drop off Rental Car around 11am
      Drive around Olympic with some stops to do short walks/hikes.
      Find somewhere to sleep Sunday night somewhere on the way back around 9pm
      Return rest of way around 9am on Monday.

      There are a LOT of things not known on the Sunday drive and still being hashed out.

      Will keep posting through the drive

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    3. 05-22-2020 02:38 PM #2
      Friday Drive hold

    4. 05-22-2020 02:39 PM #3
      Saturday drive hold

    5. 05-22-2020 02:39 PM #4
      Sunday Drive Hold

    6. 05-22-2020 02:40 PM #5
      Monday, Boring, Drive hold.

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      05-22-2020 02:54 PM #6
      Can we at least know what you're going to get or is that a surprise?

      Also, for a moment there I thought to myself, "geez, CA and WA are much further apart than I thought," then realized 2K miles was round trip. Looks like a great drive, hope you're picking up something fun.
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    8. 05-22-2020 02:57 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by GLI Dan View Post
      Can we at least know what you're going to get or is that a surprise?

      Also, for a moment there I thought to myself, "geez, CA and WA are much further apart than I thought," then realized 2K miles was round trip. Looks like a great drive, hope you're picking up something fun.
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      05-22-2020 02:59 PM #8
      Do you live in San Rafael? Asking because I'm from Marin.
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    10. 05-22-2020 03:03 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by chucchinchilla View Post
      Do you live in San Rafael? Asking because I'm from Marin.
      Around about there. Didn't want to give exact address in the photo, but yea in Marin.

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      05-22-2020 03:47 PM #10
      It'll be interesting to see what you can find in the Olympic Peninsula that's open right now. If you can stay at the Lake Quinault Lodge, you won't regret it.

      Otherwise, the I-5 portions of the drive are pretty bland and you'll just eat up the miles. Watch for speed traps around Salem, OR, and Chehalis, WA. Or just keep Maps/Waze/whatever running to alert you of speed traps.

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      05-22-2020 03:59 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Nourdmrolnmt View Post
      Around about there. Didn't want to give exact address in the photo, but yea in Marin.
      Cool. I grew up south of San Rafael on the water and my parents are still there so yeah know it very well. Don't know if you have time but you may want to consider Highway 101 along the Oregon coast, I'm planning on doing that drive later this year because it looks incredible.
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      05-22-2020 04:42 PM #13
      I've done this same drive twice now. First time was trading my Viggen for my friends Cobra. 2nd time was on Top Gear style multi $1000 car road trip with friends (took us literally 24 hours from Bay area to Kirkland, semi nightmare haha).

      Good call on leaving from Redding area in the morning. You'll have a much more enjoyable drive through Oregon and Washington during the day. I don't have any specific recommendations on places to stop and eat as there's so many in the area.

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      05-22-2020 05:05 PM #15
      You should stop and wander around for a bit in Ashland if you haven't been there before. It's a super cute little city with a very pretty downtown and a really nice park right there.

    17. 05-22-2020 05:08 PM #16
      Dude... Why not use Highway 1?

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      05-22-2020 05:22 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Nourdmrolnmt View Post
      There are a LOT of things not known on the Sunday drive and still being hashed out.
      You can take the ferry across the sound from Seattle or points north if you want. Kind of worth it, unless you're determined to drive the Tacoma Narrows bridge. https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/


      Quote Originally Posted by chocofrappe55 View Post
      Dude... Why not use Highway 1?
      The coastal road becomes US101 as it goes around the lost coast. It takes many hours longer to get up and down that way. A lot of that loop around the Olympic peninsula is on US101 though.

      Edit: I still would second this recommendation for the return leg of the trip if time allowed.
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    19. 05-22-2020 06:12 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by turbo_nine View Post
      You can take the ferry across the sound from Seattle or points north if you want. Kind of worth it, unless you're determined to drive the Tacoma Narrows bridge. https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/




      The coastal road becomes US101 as it goes around the lost coast. It takes many hours longer to get up and down that way. A lot of that loop around the Olympic peninsula is on US101 though.

      Edit: I still would second this recommendation for the return leg of the trip if time allowed.
      Time doesn't matter. The selected route is boring AF. It's just interstate.

      Coastal route is the most beautiful road in the US. I don't know what's there to think about.

      If time is of the essence, then just fly. Why bother driving stupid interstates.

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      05-22-2020 06:28 PM #20
      Dang - I am out of town this weekend otherwise I would share a driveway beer with you.

      Good luck on the drive!

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      05-22-2020 06:37 PM #21
      Your route is bad and you should feel bad!

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      05-22-2020 06:41 PM #22
      If you are driving anything fun I would go on the road where 101 southbound forks off toward 1 somewhere in NorCal. That road is ridiculous
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      05-22-2020 06:49 PM #23
      Sure, in.

      done that drive more times than i can count. twice as many as i can count, if you count family roadtrips when I was a kid

      When I see the "Welcome to Oregon" sign, I always add "...license and registration, please" under my breath

      Though TBH I've never actually been pulled over on that route except *once*, in Olympia. But yeah, the OSP like to hang out in the median in the southern half of Oregon. I got clocked twice at 85 in a 55, 20mins apart.. in a silver Corolla.. they did not give chase
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      05-22-2020 08:05 PM #24
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      When I see the "Welcome to Oregon" sign, I always add "...license and registration, please" under my breath
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      05-22-2020 08:13 PM #25
      Essential travel??

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